By the end of the day, Donald Trump will officially be the 45th President of the United States. A lot of people are rather unhappy about it. But one of them, singer Madonna, is trying to put a positive spin on the event by pointing out that, at least, things can’t get any worse from this point.
‘He’s actually doing us a great service, because we have gone as low as we can go. We can only go up from here, so what are we going to do? We have two choices, destruction and creation. I chose creation.’
Madonna made her comments at the Brooklyn Museum where she and artist Marilyn Minter were discussing the use of art in protest. The panel was moderated by poet Elizabeth Alexander who once performed at President Obama’s first inauguration.
Minter described herself as “terrified” and, echoed a sentiment shared by many, when she said the most qualified candidate who ever ran was defeated by the most unqualified.
‘This is the most frightened I’ve ever been. The most qualified candidate who ever ran was defeated by the most unqualified candidate who ever ran, and it’s all because of misogyny.’
Madonna also said that she felt Trump had been elected for a reason. She said the American people had began to take their rights for granted and Trump would serve as sort of a wake-up call.
‘I do believe that Trump was elected for a reason, to show us how lazy and un-unified and lackadaisical and taking for granted we’ve become of our freedom and the rights that we have as Americans. I feel like people forgot what was written in the Constitution.’
Despite her apprehension, the singer was confident that, despite how it might feel, this was not the end of the world and things would get better.
‘They always say it’s darkest before the dawn and I feel this had to happen to bring people together, so let’s get this party started.’
Let’s hope Madonna is correct because, if there’s worse in still for us than four years of having to say “President Donald Trump,” we don’t know what it is.
You can watch Madonna’s full comments below:
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