I’m Not Scared of Donald Trump
But first, a note.
Because anyone or anything not referring to Donald Trump as “Hitler” is mistaken for support of a Trump presidency, I have to put this disclaimer here that I am not a supporter of Donald Trump and I don’t want him to be president. At all. Ever.
I’m also going to use the term “the media” which is only ever used by crazy people. I’d like you to remember that it’s the media who tell you that people who use terms like “the media” are crazy people.
It is becoming a popular refrain in the world. Online, in every media outlet and in every “safe space” on every college campus in America, you hear it: “I’m so scared of Trump!” “This Trump thing is so scary…”
Don’t be scared. Okay? You don’t need to be scared.
This “I’m scared of Donald Trump” meme is designed to make you feel small and powerless so some magical knight in shining armor can come and rescue you. It’s spread by the media so you keep watching and worrying, and by politicians who want you to anoint them as your personal knight. There’s always a boogey man to be scared of. For the last decade or so, it’s been “terrorism”, but that’s getting boring, right?
We Have A Winner!
Americans love to hate ourselves. Especially Americans we disagree with and/or don’t understand. Even better are rich white guys. “Rich White Guy” is the trifecta of allowable hate. A rich white male?! Oh yeah!!! Throw in people who support a rich white guy! Oh baby, you had me at hello! Anything can be said about a rich white guy and the people who like him. It doesn’t even have to be accurate.
Donald Trump is a loudmouth who talks out his ass. Why is that scary? Because “his supporters” are ignorant racists? I’m not convinced that his supporters are ignorant racists. He most certainly has ignorant racists supporting him, but that doesn’t mean all of his supporters are ignorant racists any more than all of Uncle Bernie’s supporters being spoiled hippies who just want free stuff.
We’re shown the ignorant racists because those folks are scary. I know you want to believe that the world is black and white and that everyone who disagrees with you is a horrible person but… It ain’t the case.
Many of the people who are supporting Donald Trump are new to the political process. And that’s where “scary” comes from: They haven’t been tracked by the media. No one knows what the sam hill is going on in the heads of Trump supporters and it’s scary to the media and their fear is passed along to us.
But instead of trying to understand them or listen, it’s easier to just dismiss them as ignorant racists and tell us that we should be scared.
Paul Simon (the singer, not the politician with the cool bow tie) sang “a man hears what he wants and disregards the rest…”
How about the other candidate who terrifies the Republican establishment because he said the Iraq war was a mistake? Hold on. Who said that? Donald Trump. The Republican candidate with the most delegates said that attacking Iraq after 9/11 was “a big fat mistake.” He said “They lied… they said there were weapons of mass destruction – there were none. And they knew there were none.” Quite a departure from John McCain’s song “Bomb Bomb Bomb – Bomb Bomb Iran”, right?
Sure, even the crazy crack-head in line behind you at 7-11 will say something intelligent if you listen long and hard enough, but a lunatic crack-head is very different than an ignorant blowhard.
Trump is scary to establishment Republicans because he’s not a part of the war machine. The assumption, based on caricatures of him and his ego, is that he wants to bomb anyone he disagrees with into oblivion. But that ain’t the case. It seems like he’s a non-interventionist. The press can’t figure him out because he often doesn’t finish sentences and contradicts himself. Instead of trying to get to the bottom of what he’s saying, they know that there are some violent and racist shitheads in his audiences, so they focus on that. It’s an easy sell.
Trump is a loudmouth who won’t admit that he’s not religious, thinks our foreign policy is stupid and is ignorant about many things, especially Muslims. He isn’t a Jesus loving war machine – the standard portrait of a republican. He contradicts himself and doesn’t sound like anyone who has ever been a leading presidential candidate.
That’s just new. Don’t be scared of new.
We’re smarter and stronger than to be scared of new, right? We aren’t going to be led around by fear and loathing from a lazy media are we?