Ran straight into the arms of an unhinged, Day-Glo demagogue.
Ran like children.
Ran like stampeded, unthinking beasts because having a black president for eight years had finally killed what little humanity was left in their tiny, rage-drunk brains.
Every swaggering Twitter asshole with a screaming eagle holding an M16 rampant on an America flag who lurves!lurves!lurves! the NRA and Trump. Every fake Christian "mother and patriot" who has no fucking clue what any of those words actually mean. Every dilettante purity angel. Every meatbag who gobbled up Fox and Limbaugh and Breitbart dumpster "news" with both hands. Every Beltway human bed-sore who played Both Siderist Russian Roulette with the rest of our lives because they never thought the gun was really loaded.
All of them ran and ran and ran as fast as their little legs would carry them. They ran away from the most fundamental responsibility of any informed citizen in a democracy. They failed at "Being an American" in the most depraved and tragic way imaginable because they were too racist or too stupid or just didn't fucking care because none of this was going to affect them either way.
They ran like cowards.
And once again it falls to us to clean up the disaster they have made.