Donald Trump became the president-elect of the United States last night and the reactions are as divided as the country itself. While we’ve done our best to remain calm and put this mess in context, there are those out there who think that the election of a short-fingered, bombastic vulgarian calls for a little vulgarity and bombast. Electronic music producer Moby clearly put himself in that camp with a new open letter where he blatantly asks “America, what the f*ck is wrong with you?”
The man who felt so strongly about the danger of a Trump presidency that he wrote two tracks for the 30 Days, 30 Songs campaign shared his letter to the States via Billboard. In it, he pinpoints Americans’ desire to vote for Trump as a continuation of anti-intellectual attitudes that he believes exist in other parts of American life.
He points out the hypocrisy of Christian voters electing “a twice-divorced man who openly brags about infidelity and committing sexual assault” before coming to the conclusion that Trump will be “the worst president our country has ever, ever seen.”
Take a look at his entire letter below:
america, why are you so afraid of evidence?
you smoke cigarettes, naively believing they won’t kill you. you eat garbage, believing it won’t make you sick and obese. and now you’ve elected donald trump.
’christians’ and family-values voters have en masse helped elect a twice divorced man who openly brags about infidelity and committing sexual assault. 30% of latinos have helped elect a man who has routinely maligned latinos and called mexicans ‘rapists’. 45% of women have helped elect a man who brags about ‘grabbing women by the pussy’ and has called women ‘pigs’ & ‘slobs’. business-minded middle america has en masse helped elect a man who has led roughly half of his businesses to bankruptcy and lost close to a billion dollars in 1995 alone. and blue collar middle america has en masse helped elect a trust-fund baby who has, over-time, inherited over $600,000,000.00 from his father.
and in the process you’ve denied the presidency to an experienced and erudite woman whose only shortcoming is being on the receiving end of a 30 year right-wing smear campaign. as a life long progressive i’m supposed to be diplomatic and understanding, but america, what the fuck is wrong with you? but then i ask myself, very sadly, why am i surprised? this is the same america that eats at burger king and is baffled as to why it ends up obese and cancerous and dying this is the same america who thinks that granting health care to 20,000,000 people is somehow treasonous.
and this is the america who has now elected a dim-witted, racist, misogynist. a dim-witted, racist, misogynist who has ruined businesses and has no policy proposals other than ‘build a wall’. i guess there will be some cold, bitter schadenfreude in spending the next 4 years watching middle america wake up to the fact that donald trump is an incompetent con-man.
the rust belt jobs won’t come back. the wall won’t get built. and hillary won’t get locked up.
donald trump will be impeached, or end his presidency with single digit approval ratings. and hopefully, somehow, america will finally wake up the fact that republicans are, simply, terrible. reagan and bush sr. and the republicans ruined the economy, bill clinton and the democrats fixed it. george w. bush and the republicans ruined the economy all over again, obama and the democrats fixed it. in some baffling, habitual masochism americans keep going back to what’s bad for them, whether it’s food or political parties.
and the climate will suffer. the inner cities will suffer. children will suffer. animals will suffer. gun deaths will continue to skyrocket. we will suffer. all because americans live in this delusional, upside down world wherein they’re unwilling to look at evidence.
but here are the facts: junk food makes you fat and kills you. cigarettes give you cancer. and donald trump is a racist and a misogynist who has ruined countless businesses and will be the worst president our country has ever, ever seen.
Even among musicians the reactions to Trump’s presidency have run the gamut. Lady Gaga got out in the street to protest before the night was even over, Killer Mike provided some analysis and countless others just stressed.