This is something I have been thinking about a lot lately, and with the impeachment trial starting in earnest this week, it is once again at the forefront of my mind. It seems there are 2 very different frames of mind in this country right now that can be typified by 2 groups of people: those who support Trump and those who do not. Those who do support a man who is a narcissistic, crass, inconsiderate, arrogant, ignorant bully of a con man who belittles, degrades and defames anyone he doesn’t like – or more accurately, anyone who doesn’t worship him, or pushes back on him. He has verbally attacked or made fun of young girls with Asperger’s (Greta), physically disabled people, members of the other party, and all kinds of other people. Many folks in this country see him as a horrible person, the LAST person we would want representing this nation.
But then there is the other faction – those who absolutely love and support him. I have the wonderful blessing of working around a bunch of those people, which probably shouldn’t be surprising, as Arizona is a red state, and I work around a lot of older white males who overwhelmingly support him, especially here. For these people, his outlandish, bullying behavior is part of his appeal, his “fighting back” against the elite, and attempts to “drain the swamp.” His hesitance to speak out against white supremacist movements who seem him as their political savior is easily explained away, as are acts like the aforementioned – bullying of a young girl, etc. And then there is his vilification of “fake news.” His supporters believe only Fox News tells the truth, and sometimes even they venture into the ‘fake’ when they publish anything that questions his greatness. Truly, his following is like a cult, and is often described that way.
What makes it especially tricky is that people like me have to work around a LOT of those people, and while, for the most part, they keep it out of the workplace, their support for him and disdain for liberals does come out every now and then and makes it incredibly uncomfortable for me and others who don’t love the great orange one. It’s even trickier when some of these people are nice, and likable in every other way, except for their support of the great Cheeto. I, like my mom and some others, just don’t understand how someone who is a good person can square supporting such a horrible human being, regardless of what he does to further causes I support. I have a theory that all of those people who support him have to have some latent racism and xenophobia, even if they are not consciously aware of it.
So what’s my point to all of this? My point is that I am becoming increasingly hopeless that any kind of unity can ever be achieved in this country or this world. Sure, he might get voted out in November, but the Great White Genie is out of the bottle (again), and I don’t see how it ever goes back in. And so I honestly think it would be better if we simply divided the country in 2 – Trump supporters one one side, everyone else on the other, created 2 separate entities that can govern the way they wish, and just quit trying to get everyone together. It’s kind of like when an adult couple divorces after trying to work things out. After a time, they realize there are “irreconcilable differences,” and it’s better to just quit trying. I think that’s where we are as a nation, and I pray that we could find a way to PEACEFULLY achieve such separation. No need for a “civil war” – we can all agree that we don’t like each other, and it would be best for all of us to just end the relationship.