Memo to millennials, that awful feeling you’ve got is called losing
It happens. If you want to know how to win, stop whinging for a bit and learn some lessons from Trump.
By Piers Morgan for MailOnline
Cheer up, American millennials!
I mean, seriously, CHEER THE **** UP!
Oh, I know you’ve had a rough week ever since Donald Trump won the election.
But it’s time to get a grip.
STOP taking personal days off work to ‘process’ what happened.
STOP huddling with your equally distraught buddies in Starbucks over your Venti Iced White Chocolate Mocha.
STOP howling away on social media about how unfair life is and how it’s the end of the planet as we know it.
STOP updating the exact number Hillary won the popular vote by, because it doesn’t bloody matter.
STOP marching around screaming your fury at the result when many of you couldn’t even bothered to vote.
STOP retweeting all your favourite celebrities’ own outbursts of pique, rage and anguish.
STOP demanding the Electoral College reverse the decision in December.
In short, STOP being such a faux-tormented bunch of absolutely deluded cretins.
Want to know why Trump is going to be your next president?
It’s because he is what’s called a ‘winner’.
I know it’s not ‘cool’ to be a winner these days.
It’s become an ugly, dirty word in your PC-crazed universe.
Far better, the social media millennial mob cries, to be a gallant loser who tries their best but comes up short – like Bernie, or now Hillary.
To which I say: bulls**t.
Winning is what life’s really about – whether in sport, politics, or simply producing the best decorated pumpkin in your town’s Thanksgiving parade.
If you don’t strive to be the very best at whatever you do, however big or small, then what’s the point in doing it, or frankly even being alive?
Why wallow in self-induced mediocrity?
Yet that is precisely where so many of America’s 80 million millennials enjoy wallowing, and as a result they have become the most pampered, privileged and selfish members of the human race in history.
Where’s my evidence for such a shocking assertion?
Try the National Institutes of Health, which reported that 40% of millennials believe they should be promoted every two years regardless of performance, and are so fame obsessed that three times as many middle school girls now want to grow up to be the PA to a talentless celebrity like Kim Kardashian as want to be a senator.
(Hardly surprising therefore that 77% of millennials can’t even name a senator from their home state…)
Oh, and 80% of millennials say they’ll be richer than their parents, yet more of them live with their parents than with a spouse, still take cash off their parents, and work half as hard.
The tragic truth is that America’s millennials are a bunch of phone-addicted, selfie-obsessed, hashtagging, snapchatting, kale-munching, twerking, lazy, whining, ill-informed, politically correct, cossetted narcissists who find absolutely everything mortally offensive and believe there are 165 ways to sexually identify.
They don’t understand the concept of ‘losing’ because they’ve never had to experience it.
At school, to avoid any ‘low self-esteem issues’, they were all given endless ‘Participation Prizes’.
It’s hard to think of a more ridiculous, insidious ‘honour’.
What possible pleasure can there be in ‘winning’ a prize for just turning up? What incentive is there to compete in anything if you’re going to ‘win’ anyway?
Participation prizes converted a whole new generation into people with no understanding of what genuine competition actually means.
This, coupled with the advent of social media technology that allowed them to post relentless ‘filtered’ images of themselves, led to staggeringly self-absorbed figments of their own perfection.
The combined effect of these two things has been to create a deep-rooted sense of entitlement that manifested itself in a breakdown of biblical proportions when Trump triumphed last Wednesday.
Well, welcome to the real world, my delicate little Instagrammed snowflakes.
This is how democracy works …
You all have a chance to vote …
Someone wins, someone loses …
To the winner of a US presidential election goes all the spoils of being the most powerful person on earth …
To the loser, no gold stars for effort.
Winners like Trump don’t believe in ‘participation prizes.’ They believe you either win or lose.
Winners like Trump don’t weep and wail when they lose. They vow to win next time.
Winners like Trump don’t take days off to ‘process’ their loss. They dust themselves down and get on with life.
Winners like Trump don’t assume they’ll win. They do what it takes to win.
Winners like Trump don’t leave anything in the field of competition. They give it 100%.
‘Winning,’ said the great NFL coach Vince Lombardi, ‘is not a sometime thing, it’s an all the time thing. You don’t win once in a while, you don’t do things right once in a while, you do them right all the time. Winning is habit.’
Lombardi further clarified: ‘Winning isn’t everything, but wanting to win is.’
That’s Trump’s life mantra too. It’s why he’s now heading to the White House, and also why he may now surprise people and turn out to be a rather effective president.
The millennials can’t handle it because it wasn’t supposed to be this way.
Hillary Clinton was their anointed one, their heroine, their pick for first female president.
No matter that she was a dull, humourless, uninspiring candidate mired in Wall Street greed, Washington dogma, and dodgy email servers.
Trump won because he didn’t even bother trying to conform to this new world order of eggshell-hopping me-me-me millennials who infest places like New York and California.
Instead, he invested his time and effort in America’s rust belt states where such idealistic, sugar-coated nonsense is complete anathema.
The reaction to Trump’s win has been absurdly, dangerously over-the-top.
A San Diego based cyber-security firm founder and CEO millennial named Mark Harrigan resigned this week after posting the following on Facebook:
‘I’m going to kill the president elect. Getting a sniper rifle and perching myself where it counts. Find a bedroom in the whitehouse that suits you motherf***er. I’ll find you. In no uncertain terms, f*** you America. Seriously. F*** off.’
Hardly the personification of ‘#LoveTrumpsHates’ is it?
Today, it emerged that 200 students from a Manhattan high school were allowed to skip lessons to join the protests outside Trump Tower.
Can you imagine the furore if Trump-supporting students had demanded the right to do that if Hillary had become President?
It’s all so pathetic.
The simple fact is that Trump won, fair and square.
The moaning millennials may not like it but refusing to accept the result is not just undemocratic, it’s un-American.
Nobody rioted when Obama won, twice – though feelings ran just as high against him from those who voted for the other side.
As Trump’s rally song by the Rolling Stones so perfectly summed it up: ‘You can’t always get what you want.’
So suck it up you squealing softies, get back to work or college, and if you want to win next time, get a candidate who’s a winner not a loser.