The concerns surrounding a Trump presidency can best be explained by one of life's oldest queries: "How many licks does it take to get to the center of a Tootsie Pop?" Like the sugary coating encompassing the chocolaty Tootsie Roll and its relentlessly debated girth, no one has any real clue what lies beneath the contentious orange frame of the president-elect nor how many tries it would take to get to his inner core beliefs. He was elected without any real vetting of his views, a detailed analysis of his expected policies nor his much-discussed finances. Despite the constant coverage of one-liners, sound bites and hot mics, the American electorate just selected a man that has yet to introduce himself to the country.
The campaign of Mr. Trump created an environment of hatred, xenophobia, racism, sexism and a host of other descriptors that are not representative of a commander-in-chief. Whether or not the man himself actually believes in these views or simply did not try hard enough to separate these sentiments from his campaign remains to be seen. Even the inference of accepting views of intolerance should have been enough to dismiss a candidate from being elected to the Oval Office, but sometimes reality does not always bring out the best in people. I certainly hope this view is a result of over coverage of a way-too-long campaign and not the beginning of a horrible nightmare for many groups across America.
So I go back to my original question: How many licks does it take to get to the center of a Tootsie Pop? My answer: It’s too late to find out.
What’s done is done, so it is now in the best interests of this country to work with and not against the nation’s interests all while constantly fighting back against policies and actions that give even a glimpse of promoting those views of intolerance and hatred seen throughout the campaign.