A fascinating letter to the editor published on Friday provided insight into the recent election. A voter from Indian Lake wrote that Trump voters "didn't even like him." But they voted for him, she said, because he "represented their anger, their angst, their fear, and finally the courage to stand up against those who had hurled unbelievably vicious false attacks at them ... "
The attacks, I assume, were aimed at Trump voters, which means the support for Trump came first. You can't support Trump, get attacked for it, then blame the attacks for your support for Trump. The support for Trump came first.
She winds up the letter with a list of things "as a nation, we have survived," including the Civil War and other wars and crises, then says, "We will survive Donald Trump."
Donald Trump: Not as bad as the Civil War.
That is quite an endorsement.
You don't vote for an abstraction -- for a representation of your anger and angst and fear. You vote for a human being, with a record of statements and actions.
In Trump's case, that record was long and shameful, and if you voted for him, that means you endorsed that record.
If you voted for him, you own him. You are responsible for what he does for the next four years -- especially if it comports with that long and shameful record, because that means it was predictable.
Maybe Trump will surprise us and do OK or even do well as president. If that happens, Trump voters get to take credit. They own him, in failure or success.
But what you don't get to do if you voted for Trump is what the letter-writer from Indian Lake attempts: to say that your vote was justified at the same time as you disavow Trump himself.