It’s easy to imagine that other people think of things the same way you do. That’s a habit we’re all guilty of, honestly. The problem that arises is that we’re often blindsided to find out just how wrong we are — it’s not that we don’t expect people to like different music or ice cream flavors, it’s that we don’t expect to find out that there are fundamental differences between us that we don’t know exist.
Thankfully, though, there are some universal truths that are understandable to entire categories of people. And if there’s one thing that brings my readers together it’s an understanding of Trumpian “politics” and the people who support it. So follow along as we go through a list of five immutable truths about life in the Trump era.
The fact is, there is not, nor has there ever been, a “liberal media.” Even supposed left-leaning outlets that the Right attacks constantly are guilty of shifting with political winds:
In fact, racism is a huge part of what led us into the Trump era, regardless of how well everyone thinks they know Aunt Susan, the Subaru-driving wine mom who also happens to think that black people are genetically predisposed to smoke crack, or that “Asians are just better at math.”
Every single time Donald Trump tweets about something, you can be sure that he’s tweeted not just the opposite in the past, but called anyone who believed what he’s now saying an idiot. Consider the following, which need no comparison tweets:
Remember how regulations were “killing the coal industry,” so Trump was going to do away with the regulations and bring back coal jobs? He only got half of that done. Now there’s waste in the waterways AND the jobs are still gone, because the world is moving on from coal. Now apply that same technique to healthcare, foreign relations, economics, and equal rights, and you have the Trump administration in a nutshell:
When I started writing politics again in January of 2017, it had been a dozen years since I last sat down to deliver my take on the news of the day. I had stopped in the late summer of 2005 after Hurricane Katrina because I didn’t think I could take writing this stuff anymore. I had never seen a president blithely ignore American citizens that way. I was as dumbstruck as everyone else when Donald Trump won the electoral college in 2016, not because I didn’t think it was possible mathematically — but because I thought America was beyond it. My first published column after Trump’s “victory,” though, was meant in a spirit of hope.
We understand, dear readers, that the fight is never over. When we have toppled this flaxen-haired false god, there will be another behind him, and another behind them. But we’ll take the lessons of the Trump era – louder and easier-to-read lessons than ever before – and we’ll apply them to the fight going forward.
And we will win.
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