If Donald Trump’s election on Tuesday night made you want to scream, you’re not alone. Celebrities, late-night personalities, senators and just about every one of your friends on Facebook have been coming out and sharing their reactions to Trump’s victory and what comes next, and now Moby has joined their ranks.
The electronic music producer has been a vocal Hillary Clinton supporter since day one, and even released a pair of anti-Trump songs as a part of Dave Eggers’ “30 Days, 50 Songs” project. He also participated in Rachel Bloom’s “Holy Shit, You’ve Got to Vote” video, which was released just last week. Moby has known Clinton for more than 20 years, and now he has some incredibly harsh words for those who chose to vote for her opponent.
In a letter published in Billboard, Moby went on a rather harsh rant, one that might not strike the tone we’re all looking for just days after the election. He writes:
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.
While Moby has every right to be frustrated, as do all Americans who were horrified by Tuesday’s result, one might argue his energy would be better channeled into action of some kind. Of all people, Jennifer Lawrence may have said it best. “We shouldn’t blame anyone, we shouldn’t riot in the streets,” she wrote. “We should think strongly and clearly about what to do next because we cannot change the past.”