Saturday, February 24, 2018

The Existential Danger of the Friendly Trump Supporter

In previous posts, I've begged Trump supporters to come to their senses before it was too late for America. I kept thinking that I would go to my grave and never understand why they support him. I kept thinking that slowly but surely, they would see the error of their ways and privately, if not publicly, turn against him.

I don't think that anymore because I finally understand. And the truth is much worse than I feared.

I know a lot of Trump supporters. You probably do too. Nearly all the ones I know are white and live comfortable lives. Most of them are men, but there are a number of women in there (I truly don't know how any marriage in which only one person is a Trump supporter survives). These folks hate paying taxes and they hated Barack HUSSEIN Obama.

They're successful, they're friendly, they raise solid families. Their kids are sweet and polite and respectful. They donate to charitable causes.

They don't worry about poverty or LGBTQ rights or minority rights or reproductive rights or immigrant rights or the Constitution or really anything. They're not really opposed to them, per se, but these things don't really affect them.

And these people constitute a towering threat to American democracy.

I don't say that lightly. Speaking from personal experience, this presidency has cost me at least two relationships with Trump-supporting family members and friends, and more may be ahead. But we cannot keep quiet. I mean, after all, the new hotness is that resistance to Trump is waning.

Anyway, back to your friendly neighborhood Trump supporter. I was talking to a friend recently about them, their thinking processes, and why they believe what they believe.

I've seen a few approaches they take when defending him. All of them are some variant of this question:

What's he done that's so bad?

Well, I am GLAD YOU ASKED (everything here is linked to a major media outlet website, including one conservative site):

He cheated on his wife with a porn star and then paid her hush money.

He sexually assaulted at least sixteen women and bragged about grabbing women by the pussy on tape.

He supported child molester Roy Moore (as did the rest of the Republican Party).

He defended a White House staffer who is accused of domestic violence by two ex-wives.

He dismisses Russian interference in our elections despite multiple indictments.

He sided with neo-Nazis and the Klan. HE SIDED WITH NEO-NAZIS AND THE KKK.

He brought us to the brink of nuclear war for no good reason.

He is under investigation by a special prosecutor for multiple crimes.

He has all but admitted to obstructing justice on Twitter and on television.

He ran a fraudulent university and had to pay out $25 million to settle the suit.

He has two advisers who pled guilty to crimes relating to Russia and two more dead to rights on money laundering and God knows what else.

He didn’t release his tax returns so we don't know who he's financially beholden to.

He profits off the presidency through the Trump Organization in violation of the Constitution.

He had his son meet with Russians at Trump Tower for dirt on his opponent.

He refused to implement a Russia sanctions law passed overwhelmingly by both houses of Congress.

He encourages regular assaults on the media and talked about curtailing the First Amendment.

He is so stupid and uninformed about issues that members of his own party were taken aback.

He demonizes immigrants but conveniently fails to call out white mass shooters.

He needs a military parade down the streets of D.C. to stroke his ego.

His speeches and interviews were actually utter gibberish and nonsense coming from the mouth of a profoundly stupid human being.

He is a pathological liar.

Just about the only thing he hasn't done is murder a mistress on live television.

So there you have it. Towering and overwhelming evidence of this man's lack of fitness for office and the damage he does daily to this country.

But they look at us as though we're the ones with the problem. As though we're the crazy people. They smile and nod and tilt their heads and say things like, "well, we'll just have to agree to disagree!"  Or they say, "well, Obama did some terrible things too!" Or my favorite: "you can just send me your tax cut money," because, as I am learning, virtually every Trump supporter values money and guns over ALL ELSE.

And as I considered this, it hit me all at once.

They know exactly what he's done that's so bad.

I mean, we're not talking about stupid people here. They can read, and they can see his tweets, and they can listen to tapes. And I cannot believe it took me so long to accept this truth.

They just don't care.

Or if they do care, they actually care more about saving the wealthy white "Christian" America they believe they're part of, and so, in their cost-benefit analysis, Trump wins. It's why some Obama voters easily voted for Trump. It’s why his approval rating has been trending upward. It's why Christians so easily accept him.

Because the alternative is losing the America that works for them only. And rest assured, if they can't have America on the terms they dictate, they won't let anyone have it. Remember - whites across all income brackets have nothing to fear from a Trump presidency (well, except dying in a nuclear firestorm like the rest of us). Whiteness is what unites a majority of this country, from the richest Koch brother down to poorest white in the poorest county in Kentucky. As Lyndon Baines Johnson once said: "If you can convince the lowest white man he's better than the best colored man, he won't notice you're picking his pocket. Hell, give him somebody to look down on, and he'll empty his pockets for you." 

If you think of America as a Tootsie pop (STICK WITH ME), this makes sense. Heterosexual Christian white males live at the center of the pop. There's good eating there. Always. Others - women, LGBTQ, minorities, immigrants, non-Christians - can get to the center, but it takes a little more work. And the farther out from the center you are, the harder it is to get to the middle (please tell me we can agree on which demographic has it easiest in this country). And the farther out from the center you are, the easier it is for you to fade away. OK, it's not a perfect metaphor.

No one will come for their guns, and no one will come for them. They can continue to claim America's status as a Christian nation without ever having to admit that modern American Christianity is just a cover for white supremacy. No one fears fair elections in this country more than Trump supporters. They don't need much less want fair elections. Because fair elections will bring their version of America to an end. The next time the Republicans lose the House and Senate may well be the last time they lose it.

I now firmly believe that Trumpers will burn down America the way Iraqi soldiers burned oil wells as they retreated during the Gulf War. And that was the thing we did not anticipate. 

And the scary part? They don’t actually have to do anything. They are destroying America by doing nothing about Trump. 

So I am done explaining myself, Trump supporters.

But please stop acting like you don't know what he's done that's so bad. You insult my intelligence and you look like a fool. All to defend a man who literally would not piss on you if you were on fire.

I cannot believe it took me so long to see this.

So we are at war.

Not a shooting war.

But a cold civil war, as I heard someone put it.

A war for the soul of this country.

And you don't want to negotiate.

I am done negotiating. I am going to do everything I can to take this country away from you because you don't deserve it. We could have worked together. You didn’t want to. Instead, you kept your heads down and pretended nothing was wrong, ignoring the cancer spreading through conservatism, as was on full display at this week's CPAC Conference. You made jokes and you laughed.

So go ahead and laugh at me, mock me, tell me I'm overreacting. 

That will be your undoing. It won't be mine. 

You sold out America, Trump supporters. You sold us all out. 

And in the end, your price wasn't even that high. 

Wednesday, November 29, 2017

Red Alert 🚨

“You really gotta hand it to those federal marshals, boy....” 

Lt. Dan Kaffee from A Few Good Men, if Trump supporters were federal marshals or maybe vice versa

Anyway, it has been 27 days since my last rant into the void and things are actually so much worse than before...

Screw this president, his adult children, his sycophant enablers, and as for his supporters, screw those miserable, bigoted, fascist KKK/Nazi/pedophilia-apologizing fake Christian lying assholes too. 

Is there a line where will you will say enough is enough? There really aren’t many more places for Trump to go before his rhetoric becomes action. Are you waiting for the trucks to cart away your non-white neighbors in the dark of night? Would that do it? 

Because let me tell you, I think a good percentage of them would be pretty okay with that as long as the wealthy fictional version of you that doesn’t actually exist but you wish did got a tax cut, or maybe as long as you could lay your head on your pillow at night knowing that in the end, white people won out and everyone was living like Ward and June Cleaver forever and ever, Amen. 

Watching people I’ve known for years and some of whom I’m related to act like this is all fine and dandy, and laugh at my utter horror or tell me I need to shut up and respect the flag and I am getting a pretty clear understanding on how the fucking Holocaust was allowed to happen.

And with today's fresh round of batshit Trump tweets, so horrific that even InfoWars, which thinks the Sandy Hook massacre was a hoax, was like "WHOA CHIEF GETTING A LITTLE CRAZY THERE," I think this is where we are.

If that's what you want, just find your spine and say it. Stop lying and claiming that this is about the middle class and jobs. Let's really get it out on the table. This is a battle for what America will look like in a decade or a century. 

If you really do care about the great melting pot of America, it’s time to stand up and demand that he go. But sadly right now, the key to that door is in the hands of the GOP.

So Republicans can call for Trump's removal or resignation or they can just shut the hell up now and forevermore. 

You cannot have it both ways. 

You cannot follow your conscience while also betraying it every once in a while just to get your tax cut in. 

If any of these men or women meant or believed what they said, getting rid of Trump must be their only priority, come hell or high water, at the expense of repealing Obamacare, at the expense of leaving tax reform dead in the water. 

You turn on him for the good of the country. You burn down the Republican Party, which has become literally nothing but a cesspool of racism, bigotry, misogyny, hatred, xenophobia, fake Christianity, and tax-reform porn for the wealthy, and then you pour salt over the ashes and you start over. Small government my ass. 

If you believe your house is on fire, you don't stop to deal with the interior designer who can get you an amazing deal on this Italian marble. 

It cannot be a priority that they weigh against the GOP-issue-o'-the-day. I'm sorry, but this is the legacy of the Republican Party in 2017. This is not the party of Reagan or Bush I or Bush II. It’s the party of the KKK and David Duke. This is the hellspawn birthed by 30 years of kow-towing to the religious right, which we now know was nothing but cover for patriarchal white supremacy.

You cannot turn back the clock to those simpler times where you could just focus on just screwing over the middle class in favor of your big corporate donors. 

Trump has to go. Now. And until that happens, every single Republican, both in office and on the streets, is nothing but a pathetic coward and I am ashamed to call any of them my fellow citizens. 


I feel better.

I know a lot of you feel this way too; please know that you are not alone.

As for the rest of you? Don’t bother arguing with me. I didn’t even have to touch on Russia (but seriously please hurry up Bobby Mueller) or the fact that Trump is an admitted sexual predator. 

Besides, you know where the Unfriend button is. 😘


And lastly πŸ₯ƒ

Thursday, November 2, 2017

The Papadopoulos Redemption

For a while now, I've wondered if, when it comes to the Cheeto-skinned baboon testicle that some of you delusionally believe is going to make your life whiter I MEAN BETTER, I have gone off the deep end.

That I settled on a narrative about him long ago, and that was it. I'm no longer able to accept any information that is inconsistent with this entrenched notion of him. That I am ignoring the facts. The STOCK MARKET IS KILLING ISIS AND THE DEFICIT AT THE SAME TIME GRRRRRRR!!

Maybe he's just an extreme-right wing President and I need to suck it up and deal with it. Maybe the media and the Republicans and Democrats have made such a tangled mess of Russia and Ukraine and Putin and opposition research and this and that until it's just a giant pit of nonsensical slurry.

I think back to how crazy people on the right were about Obama. For eight goddamn years, they were in a state of total meltdown about him. MUSLIM SOCIALIST! ABANDONED WALMARTS CONVERED INTO GAS CHAMBERS FOR CHRISTIANS! FEMA BODY BAGS!


And it occurred to me that many on the right, including the nearly 80 percent of Republicans who still back him, look at me in the same way I once looked at them.



It turns out that we were right and they were wrong. And I know this because of this photograph.
This one simple campaign photograph.

By March 31, 2016, Trump was well on his way to securing the nomination. He was selling himself as THE guy on national security, the one with the plan to take care of all the other global threats the U.S. faces.

And this picture was supposed to reaffirm that image.  It literally says it on the photo. NATIONAL SECURITY MEETING. It's even above Trump's name so you KNOW it's an important thing. It is undisputed that Trump cares about appearance virtually above all else.
His power, his masculinity, his control – and this photo was a message to America that he had national security, and its twisty vines of immigration, ISIS, Syria, Iran, and North Korea, by the short-and-curlies.

There are 12 men at this meeting. One is the future Attorney General, and one is the future President. Not even Mike Flynn, who probably deserves the death penalty for treason, is in this photograph.

And there in the middle is George Papadopoulos. I remember when this guy got named to the team – largely because of how young and unqualified he was. Trump himself called him “an excellent guy.” The news cycle moved on, and he was forgotten for a good while.

But now that Papadopoulos is knee deep in the Russia investigation, possibly having even worn a wire, the White House is all “GEORGE? GEORGE WHO? CURIOUS GEORGE IS A MONKEY POPULAR WITH CHILDREN OR MAYBE YOU’RE TALKING ABOUT GEORGE FROM SEINFELD?”

And Sarah Huckabee Sanders, who always looks like she just found out her sorority sister is dating a black guy, stood in front of the press and told the world that George Papadopoulos is a low-level volunteer. A coffee boy. There is no unit of measure for the stupidity it would take to believe this White House on anything.

Because this photograph slams the door on that. Forever. There is no place to hide. This is how dishonest this President is. You can bet your life and the lives of all your loved ones on this one fact – Trump’s entire existence, his entire life, his entire presidency, is built on dishonesty and deception. On lies.

The news isn't fake. The news is so negative about Trump because he's so fucking horrific. The mistake we made was believing it was the media's job to present both sides of the story. This is false and terribly dangerous to democracy. The media's job is to report the facts, no matter how bad they make someone look.

I love this photo, because it forced Trump to double down on his lies in a way not seen yet. He is basically mocking his base, daring them to believe this lie. And it gets better - the Papadopolous story is growing by the day. 

But the truth is right there in your face. You cannot argue with it. You cannot claim any spin. But you will. You will continue to believe his lies. You will go deeper into the rabbit hole to explain away reality because you cannot turn back now (and rest assured, you will never be forgiven – ever).

The rest of us can look at this photo and feel vindicated.

There are no "two sides to the Trump story." There is fact. And there is the bullshit his supporters have elected to unhinge their jaws like a racist rattlesnake for and swallow.

I don’t know if the Trump resistance will win. If there’s one thing 2017 has shown us, it is the horrific shit crawling around underneath the rock that is America and there may be too much of it for us to overcome anytime soon.

But we will always have this photo.

And Trump supporters will have a load of shit shoved down their throats that they call dark – I MEAN WHITE – chocolate.

Saturday, October 21, 2017

American Hypocrisy

Black players kneel during the anthem to protest racial injustice and Trump supporters are all “WELL I NEVER” while asking for smelling salts and a fainting couch but ... 

When the draft-dodging Apostle Donald Trump tramples all over the memory of an actual dead soldier to cradle his own fragile ego, it’s crickets from those same people. 

Have I correctly encapsulated the hypocritical bullshit nightmare we are living in? 

(BONUS QUESTION: If Barack HUSSEIN Obama had done even a single one of the roughly 56 different shitty things Trump has regarding these fallen soldiers, how would the fake patriot right have reacted? BUZZZ SORRY WRONG ANSWER Thank you for playing and please kindly step on your own dick on your way out get me my bourbon)