No, Trump supporters, it’s not just a difference of political opinion
Hate is contagious. A few seconds after Donald Trump has told me something hateful, somebody else repeats it. He has legitimized what people only dare say in their kitchens and bedrooms.
It’s not hard to imagine Donald Trump leading us into a war just because somebody got under his very thin skin.
I’ve been getting tremendous pushback about my Facebook posts where I discuss why we liberals are upset, why we’re scared. People who were never mentioned by name are saying I am specifically calling them things like gender traitor, racist, sexist, homophobe and xenophobe over what they are defining as nothing more than a political difference of opinion. In fact, it’s far more and if you don’t see it, you’re lying to yourself. Calling the liberal response to Trump’s election a difference of opinion and us being unreasonably divisive about it is analogous to the days when smokers were first put in a smoking section and not allowed to pollute the entire restaurant. The smokers protested both vigorously and plaintively about how nonsmokers were being unfair and divisive when actually, we just didn’t want to die from secondhand smoke.
In this case, we don’t want to be stuck in a country where the person representing us to the world also represents every single thing we hold as evil and unconscionable.
So, if you voted for a man who said he can grab a woman by the pussy, kiss her without her permission, who encouraged people to punch others in the face, who said he would slaughter the innocent families of terrorists, increase torture, use nukes, gut environmental protections — you are going to have to expect some consternation at the very least from those of us who are appalled and/or terrified by all of that. It’s quite reasonable to be appalled and terrified by someone who doesn’t even appear to comprehend the bounds of normal, human decency. It’s also reasonable to find those who voted for him, people in whom we’d previously had a lot more faith, disappointing, confusing and even incomprehensible.
And yes, I have said all of this before. Often.
Here’s the thing:
- You thought he spoke as if he was one of the common people and you thought Hillary spoke from elitist privilege. Yet Trump has led a life of untrammeled opulence. He’s never had to work his way up. He started with millions from his father. Hillary’s dad was a working man — he didn’t have money, yet she’s the elitist?
- He lies like a freaking rug — video after video was shown to you that demonstrated it — all in his own words. Chances are, he’s been saying what he thought you wanted to hear and what you think you’re going to get by voting for him will never happen. What is likely to happen, especially given the rogue’s gallery of miscreants he’s putting into cabinet positions, is that it won’t just be our side of the political aisle getting screwed. He will screw his constituents every which way but loose. I saw this happen when the working people elected Reagan, only to march against him two months later when he began dismantling all the protections Labor had worked generations to achieve.
So no, Trump voters. I don’t hate you. And I’m pretty sure most of you do not see yourselves as racists, gender traitors, homophobes or xenophobes. But by voting for a man who represented every bit of that, you have given us reason to doubt you. If that hurts, I am actually very sorry. But when this country begins to founder and when the violence against the people he disparaged is so ubiquitous that you can no longer look away from it, you might consider taking a good, hard look at yourselves and your willingness to ignore every signal of evil a candidate can possibly demonstrate short of murdering someone on primetime television (as he said in this CNN video ).