According to a recent CNN Poll a rising share of Americans think that Trump will win a second term in 2020.
We hear every day about the hostile environment Trump “enables” with every word he utters. Yet nothing is made of the endless hyperbole at every aspect of his presidency, the continual condemnation of Trump supporters, and endless connections made with him and Nazism or racism. Nearly all mainstream centre or centre-left media seems to condone this while left-wing media practically screams it – they’ve become the new FOX News or birther-movement. So why wouldn’t well-meaning people think it their duty to not only turn up and oppose his visit but to scream at anyone who doesn’t agree them? If you’re not being anti-Trump, your’re being pro-Trump and literally a nazi.
Isn’t it a problem that this is an environment we seem comfortable with?
Meanwhile, back in Kansas, the US economy rumbles along, confidence is high, employment (especially amongst black and Latino’s…you know, the ones Trump hates) hits ever greater highs, the country is doing damn well. You are welcome to make the case that this has nothing to do with Trump’s presidency, but the undeniable fact is this is the state of the US while Trump in charge. There is no mass roll-back in civil rights, quite the opposite – from gay marriage to the over-use of US military power, Trump is arguably more liberal and less extreme than Obama.
Yet, if you follow the media, if you follow the protests, you’d be forgiven for thinking the US in 2019 is where Germany was in 1930s. It is the cruelest, harshest of times, one presidential pronouncement away from Kristallnacht. Of course we need to scream at as many red-hatted old men, or dox as many MAGA hat wearing school kids as possible. Everything is at stake.
So as more Americans than ever are managing to put food on the table, what do you think they think when sat at those dinner tables, watching clips like this? Seeing the joy on the faces of a mob of middle-aged, middle-class, indignant and righteous liberals, who claim to uphold the values that Trump so obviously lacks? Smirking as a Trump supporter has a milkshake thrown over them? For all the talk of how he represents something so evil, the Democrats and the Left are as attractive as a fart in an elevator, giving no alternative and providing little evidence that they offer a better alternative. At least Trump doesn’t pretend to be something he isn’t.