I woke up with an epiphany this morning. I saw into the future, and I didn’t like what I saw.
It’s November 4, 2020. Donald Trump has been re-elected president. My America, and the beloved democracy on which it stands, was officially an autocracy. Maybe even a dictatorship. Trump now controlled the presidency, the Justice Department, the Senate and the military….without the fear and worry of impeachment, removal or another election. Chilling.
I woke up feeling sick to my stomach. Kinda like that same feeling I had the night of November 8, 2016. Except worse. Much worse. Because that night I started putting my faith in the American people and the rule of law. I set my sights on the next presidential election and the expectation that once we experienced four years of Trump the last thing we’d want is four more.
But I no longer have faith. I no longer believe my fellow Americans will do the right thing. I am terrified that Trump will somehow survive all of his massive political and legal crises and achieve his dream of totally destroying America.
(I’ll get to Joe Biden in a second…)
I believe Trump was elected because of racism, not “economic anxiety” or any other bogus motivation. I believe he knew that white, uneducated working-class men (and many women) were angry that America was becoming an even bigger patchwork of blacks, Hispanics, Gays, Jews and immigrants who were taking away what was ‘rightfully’ theirs. And where women had the audacity to want equality instead of being barefoot and pregnant while fetching them a beer as they adoringly gaze at ESPN.
I believe Trump’s master plan was to remind these disenfranchised men that they are the master race. And that together they could Make America White Again. I believe Trump was right when he shockingly declared in 2016 that he could literally shoot someone on 5th Avenue and not lose his supporters. Because that’s how angry these white folks were…and still are.
(Biden’s coming, I promise…)
And that’s why these angry white folks are not just ok with Trump being the most self-serving, corrupt, treasonous president in history, they empower him. They attend his rallies and shower him with the love, adoration and validation he craves because of…