Donald and the Donkey Punch

I’m about to be vulgar here, but it’s my fucking blog. I get to do that.

So that we’re on the same page when it comes to my analysis of Donald Trump’s victory, you need to know a certain term: donkey punch. I’ll let Wikipedia define it: “Donkey punch is a slang term for the sexual practice of inflicting blunt force trauma to the back of the head or lower back of the receiving partner during anal or vaginal sex as an attempt by the penetrating partner to induce involuntary tightening of internal or external anal sphincter muscles or vaginal passage of the receiving partner.” Rumors of this alleged sex act started circulating online more than a decade ago, and eventually Dan Savage had to spend space in his column pointing out that a) this is absolutely inhuman, and b) this doesn’t even work on account of there being no so mechanism for inducing the involuntary tightening of these muscles via blunt force trauma.

Donald Trump as President is the political version of the donkey punch. Even thinking of such a thing already reveals that you lack empathy for your fellow human beings, but going through with the act is going to get someone killed. Donald Trump as President is a barbaric vision dreamed up by a sociopathic sadist who takes pleasure in another’s pain. And now real people are going to suffer and die.

Studying violence is what I do, and recently I was reading Donald L. Horowitz’s The Deadly Ethnic Riot, specifically a section in his discussion on the targets of collective violence in which he discusses the phenomenon of “displacement.” This happens when the ideal targets for violence are too remote or too powerful to make attacks upon them feasible. In such situations, violence can be displaced upon groups seen as allied with the ruling powers. In South Africa, for example, anti-colonial sentiment often resulted in violence not always against British colonial powers (who, after all, had all the guns) but often against Indian immigrants who were viewed as connected to said colonial authorities.Likewise did poor white men in the antebellum South use their opportunities in slave patrols to rough up the human chattel owned by their collective social and economic superiors. The population of “white trash” knew that the existence of slavery undermined their own economic standing, but they were not organized in such a way as to take on the slaveowners, and so they targeted the slaves themselves when they had a chance. (Race is very good for motivating people to act against class interests.)

If you listened to Trump voters, they often spoke of hating the “elites,” the political and financial powers seen as the source of their misery. However, they were not organized in such a way as to take any real action against said elites (again, race). Therefore, I believe, they voted primarily to cause pain to those viewed as tied to elites–the college educated, secular people, LGBT communities, immigrants (“who take our jobs”), racial and ethnic minorities, etc. This was not a vote for president. This was a vote against their fellow Americans. And thus they struck out hoping to find some reward in the act, not only not caring who gets hurt but finding pleasure at the thought of inflicting pain, finding pleasure at forcing an alleged child rapist and racist con-man upon all those people who think themselves so high and mighty.

This was a donkey punch, pure and simple. This was as vulgar and degraded an election as possible.

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