Arthur Goldstein, veteran New York City teacher, analyzes what the election says about the country, our fellow Americans, us.

He writes:

It’s remarkable what Donald Trump gets away with. He can say the most vulgar and offensive things and a America says, “I’m good with that.” He can separate children from their parents. He can send these children back, alone, to Mexico, even if they aren’t Mexican. America says, “No problem. That’s what they get for being rapists and drug dealers.”

Trump can view a neo-nazi rally and declare there are good people on both sides. America says, “Yes sure, there’s good in everyone.” He can continue to insist on the guilt of the Central Park Five, even after they’ve been demonstrated to be innocent. America says, “Well, maybe that DNA evidence was false. After all, Biden might listen to scientists instead of the voices in Donald Trump’s head, and we all know what that means.”

Trump can get up from his television at 2:30 AM and declare that he’s won, though there’s absolutely no evidence to support his contention. He can tell us he wants to halt counting in states where he’s ahead and continue it in states where he’s behind. He can say he’s going to his hand-picked Supreme Court to make sure that happens. America says, “Yeah, let’s allow the court to decide. After all, they have those black robes so they must know what’s right.”

Trump can discount foreign meddling in US elections. He can blame it on his opponents. He can express admiration for vicious dictators in North Korea and Russia. He can look the other way when it appears Russia has place a bounty on US soldiers. He can then stand in front of an American flag and declare his support for the troops, and America says, “Wow. Look at all those flags. This guy is really patriotic.”

Trump can preside over the deaths of well over 200,000 Americans. During a pandemic, he can drop out of the World Health Organization. He can ignore the recommendations of his own CDC. He can hold massive indoor rallies that turn out to be super spreader events. He can actually catch the virus himself and force Secret Service agents to be with him so he can drive around and wave to people. He can say don’t fear the virus. America says, “Gee what a gutsy guy he must be,” and continues to follow the idiotic practices that have led us to become the worst COVID casualty in the entire world.