If you watched the final presidential debate last night (hopefully with some sort of alcohol in hand), then you are well aware that Donald Trump has refused to give his word that he will honor the results of this election, whatever they may be.
Trump says that he will simply leave us in “suspense” until the election is over.
Essentially, he is safe-guarding the possibility of allowing himself to have a temper tantrum and claim that the election has been “rigged” against him this entire time if (and most likely when) he loses. He is refusing to endorse the democratic process.
Which is kind of awkward, because (lolz) you should probably honor and believe in the democratic process if you’re gunning to be President of the United States.
While no one was really shocked by this lack of assurance from Trump’s campaign, everyone is now having to acknowledge that this particular belief is problematic and inherently at odds with the values we supposedly support as a nation.
As a result, a concession letter from George H.W. Bush to Bill Clinton following the 1992 election has recently been making the rounds on Twitter.
The note reads:
When I walked into this office just now, I felt the same sense of wonder and respect that I felt four years ago. I know you will find that, too.
I wish you great happiness here. I never felt the loneliness some Presidents have described.
There will be very tough times, made even more difficult by criticism you may not think is fair. I’m not a very good one to give advice; but just don’t let the critics discourage you or push you off course.
You will be our President when you read this note. I wish you well. I wish your family well.
Your success now is our country’s success. I am rooting hard for you.
Good luck —
I’m not sure if you were unaware, but the 1992 election was a f*cking contentious affair. In addition to the mud-slinging about policy and expertise that is typically present in any campaign, both Bush and independent nominee Ross Perot made multiple attacks on Clinton’s character, including allegations that he was a communist, a pot-smoker (but he “didn’t inhale”!), a draft-dodger and a philanderer.
However, after all of this, the Republican presidential nominee (who was an incumbent, no less) still acknowledged that the people had spoken, and the office now rightfully belonged to someone else.
Wow. After an extremely messy campaign, the losing party swallowed their pride and offered the winner their best wishes while in office? What a remarkable thought!!!!
Bush and Clinton also did charitable work together later in life, working in tandem to raise funds and rebuild the areas affected by Hurricane Katrina in 2005.
So, while this election may have totally depleted your faith in humanity, let this serve as a reminder that not everything is terrible, and that, occasionally, people can put aside their differing opinions on policy and at least pretend to get along.
… Unless they are Donald Trump, of course, in which case that notion has a SNOWBALL’S CHANCE IN HELL of happening.