“When people first started talking about Donald Trump running for president, Sarah thought it was a joke and not something she had to take seriously.
But then on 8 November, she says the â€œunthinkableâ€ happened; Trump won the election.Sarah, who asked that we only use her first name out of concern for her safety, immediately called her husband, who was out of the country on business, and told him, â€œThatâ€™s it. I want to go, and Iâ€™m not kidding.â€ His response, she says: â€œI know. We can go.â€
So, next month, Sarah, 43, her husband, 45, and their two school-aged daughters will uproot themselves from the small Midwest town where they have lived for the past three-and-a-half years, and leave the US for a country thousands of miles away. They have no plans to come back.”
See BBC – Capital – Meet the people leaving Trump’s AmericaFor as long as I can remember, USA has been a target for people unsatisfied with their lives in other places. One exceptional period was Viet Nam when many fled USA to Canada to avoid the draft. We are in another exceptional era with many seeing Trumpism as a dark cloud over the country. The protests on the weekend showed there is still hope of a recovery but if that comes to nothing I expect the floodgates will open and lots of smart capable people will leave USA for universal healthcare, education that works, freedom from tyranny and respect for law.
It happens too often that some leader arises to power in a country to lead it into the abyss. Trump may be the guy to do that to USA. He has no moral compass, no respect for history nor forethought, and can’t do maths. He’s just charging ahead figuring that he will make it up as he goes along and fix things. If the first few days of his presidency are any indication the burden of responsibility has broken like a dropped teacup. His nominees for positions of power are getting through the filters of Congress. They are almost all old white men who want to make USA great again while enriching themselves and their friends. He’s attacked the free press in a cynical and disgusting manner. He’s demanded attention in places of memorial to true patriots and unashamedly lied to the public. He’s asserted that reproductive choice should not be available to women all over the world and he’s threatened a trade war with the world. He’s asserted that his vision is USA bullying every country worth trading with to gain advantage while calling the process “free trade”.
Some can leave, but that’s not a solution, just a delaying tactic. To defeat Trumpism the world has to stand up to him and keep the fight going for years to come or we may all be dragged into the pit he’s digging.