Ana Marie Cox - Coming to Terms with a Donald Trump Presidency

November 8, 2016 - Election Night Special 11/08/2016 Views: 21,754

MTV News's Ana Marie Cox unpacks what Donald Trump's potential presidency could mean for different Americans and weighs in on how he clinched so many electoral votes. (5:16)

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Please welcomeAna Marie Cox, everybody.

-(cheering and applause)-Thank you so much, Ana.

-Thank you.-Thank you for being here.

So, on a night like tonight,you are American,

-you are a woman...-For now.

What are you feeling?

I'm really heartbroken.


This is not the countrythat I hoped it was.

Um, you know,Hillary could still pull it out.

-Yeah. -It's possible,I think, technically,

last I looked at my phone.

But, um, we are more divided,

we are more racist,and we are more sexist

than I had wanted to believe.

And whateverthe results are tonight,

that's going to remain true.

And it's not funny, um, and it'snot something to laugh about.

And I'm gladthat we can find some humor,

-but there is gonna be a lotof work to do. -Yeah.

I mean, I've been making jokesabout, like,

I call top bunkin the work camps, you know?

But... I-I still call top bunk.

Um... I guessthat's for real now.

Let me... let me ask youan honest question.

This is a tough one. It's easyfor me to sit here with you

and-and completely agreeand say you're right,

okay, the countryis more sexist and racist

than we would like to believe.

But if we were to takea step back,

is there no other possibilitythat the people voting

for Trump, not all of thembut many of them,

are voting for Trumpfor different reasons?

I don't actually mean to saythat they themselves harbor hate

in their hearts for black peopleor people of color or for women.

-Yeah. -I don't think thatthere's... I'm trying to make

a very... make a very finedistinction between people

-who actively are racist,actively are sexist, -Yes.

and something a littledifferent, which is, I think,

what happened, which is people,mainly white men,

experiencing... the kindest wayto say it would be nostalgia

for an America that is goneand that will not come back.

-Yeah.-Um, and Donald Trump told them

he could bring it back.And I think, you know,

my heart tonight goes out themost for the people who I think

will-will bethe most impacted negatively

by a Trump presidency,but my heart also goes out

to those white working white...class white men,

because they're gonna getscrewed, too.

You know, like, his policies arenot going to help those people.

Um, his economic policiesare gonna...

you know, their jobsare not gonna come back.

Um, he might run the economyinto the ground.

Um, he's gonna take awaytheir health care.

-Those peopleare also using Obamacare. -Yeah.

Um, they're not...they've-they've traded away

their health careand their economic opportunities

for the right to be a littlemore explicit in their racism.

Now, we-we talk a lotabout the news and the media

and what they should be doing

and what they shouldn't bedoing.

A lot of people are lookingat the stories right now,

a lot of people are lookingat the results, going,

"What happened to the polls?

"The polls said so many things.

Where are these polls?"

I-I don't have any, you know,for certain answers.

I was... I was readingthe same polls as everyone else.

Um, but I think that oneof the things that happened

is that we saw this turnout...we saw this in-in Florida,

what we thought everyonewho was... who was hoping

that Hillary would win thoughtwas a good thing,

which is all this unprecedentedturnout from-from Latinos

and people who have saidthey had never voted before.

-Yes. -It turns outthere were some other people

who had also unlikely to voteand they turned out as well.

-The silent majority.-The silent majority.

There's long been in politics,for the past ten, 12 years,

-this ideaof the missing white man, -Yes.

that they... that there was a...there was a kind of voter

that felt very alienatedfrom the process

and was staying homebecause he saw this a contest--

this is startingto sound familiar to you--

-as a contest between elites-Yes.

and that that person could bemotivated to come to the polls

should there be someonethat spoke to him on his level.

Basically the White Walkers.That's what they are.

-Yeah, yeah.-The winter is coming

and then the White Walkers come,and then everyone's like,

-"They're not gonna come." -Andwhat's-what's interesting here

is though th-they came.And this is... this is...

It'll be interesting to seewhat happens after this,

'cause, you know,another headline for tonight

is that voter suppression workedin places like North Carolina.

And what-what people had beensaying is the Republican Party,

um, that if-if Hillary w-wontonight-- I was saying this--

that this Latino turnout,among other things, would mean

the end of the Republican Party,because they don't have

-a demographic, um, you know,puzzle to put together. -Mm-hmm.

But if you can get Donald Trumpin office

and the White Walkers come,

they can freeze everythingin place, you know?

Um, they can make vot...they can... they can...

-You know, the Voting Rights Actwas already gutted. -Yes.

And they could do more to it.And so the Republican Party

could keep that, you know,demographic puzzle together

by basically cutting out,

you know, the parts of the-thecountry that go Democratic.

We-We've got to goto an ad break,

but I-I just wantedto ask you one final question

and that is, if Hillary wereto pull it out, as you say,

uh, then how would you feel?

Oh, I'm-I'm stillvery disturbed, you know?

I'm still... Um, I'll be happythat a woman won.

Um, I will be happythat she won.

She's-she's, I think,a good candidate.

I think she could makea good president,

great president, perhaps,but I think

that there's a lot of damagehere to repair,

and it's gonna have to start,you know, after this show ends.

-Well, thank you very muchfor joining us. -Thank you.