(The Root) — The winners and losers of the 2012 election remain unresolved in some states across the country (there are still elections that are too close to call), but where does any of this leave the one known as Donald Trump?
Now, before you say, "Who cares about Donald Trump?" let me answer that for you. I do. I've seen the "just ignore Trump" comments, but I honestly can't. Donald Trump — the supposed billionaire reality-TV star who has done everything besides call President Obama "boy" on national TV — has gotten to me.
Trump's unrivaled push of Birtherism has been beyond horrendous. He was one of the loudest voices demanding that President Obama show his papers, and quickly took credit when Obama finally did release his long-form birth certificate. But it didn't stop there. AOLnews reported in 2011:
"I heard he was a terrible student, terrible. How does a bad student go to Columbia and then to Harvard?" Trump said in an interview with The Associated Press. "I'm thinking about it, I'm certainly looking into it. Let him show his records …
"I have friends who have smart sons with great marks, great boards, great everything and they can't get into Harvard," Trump said. "We don't know a thing about this guy. There are a lot of questions that are unanswered about our president."
Recently, Trump attempted to guilt the president into releasing his transcripts by saying that all Obama had to do was show his grades and passport and he'd give $5 million to any charity Obama wanted, including inner-city charities in Chicago.
So why do I care about Donald Trump? The fact that he believes he can say whatever he wants, no matter how insulting — and with zero repercussions — sticks in my craw. The fact that he's not right makes it 10 times worse.
I'm not sure exactly how much Trump is worth, but if white privilege were currency, Mr. Trump would be swimming through it like Scrooge McDuck in his money bin. The man still has a cash cow of a TV show and lucrative deals with places like Macy's that carry his line of clothing.
Trump is a problem; his proud actions have caused anguish to many, many Americans. Don't believe me? Check out Baratunde Thurston's video response right after the birth certificate incident. Check out the episode of TWIB Radio (formerly known as Blacking It Up) the day of the release of the long-form certificate.
Trump's actions should have consequences.
Apparently I'm not the only person who believes that. A moveon.org petition has more than 400,000 signees asking Macy's to drop Trump. As we stand on the other side of the election, Trump's actions shouldn't fade into the darkness.
We are a country that forgets, and I'd argue it's to our detriment. How often do we read about problematic commentary from public figures, only to be reminded that this isn't the first time it's happened? Trump won't face bankruptcy by being dropped by Macy's. But maybe a shot across his wallet will make him reconsider opening his big yap. Maybe when enough rage about his actions spreads, others will reconsider creating partnerships with him.
Who knows — maybe being an a—hole might be looked at as being a bad thing.
Elon James White is a writer and satirist and host of the award-winning video and radio series This Week in Blackness. Listen Monday to Thursday at 1:30 p.m. EST at TWIB.FM and watch at TV.TWIB.ME/LIVE. Follow him on Twitter, Facebook, Google+ and Tumblr.