I tried so hard not to reach this point, but I no longer have any patience for anyone who supports Trump, or even those who tolerate him. I’ve come to the point that if someone still supports Trump after all that we have seen, then they are either deeply misguided and uninformed, they are cruel, or they are just plain stupid. I would dearly love someone to talk me out of this, because I feel terrible to have gotten here. It goes against my “Don’t hate: Debate!” philosophy.
It’s difficult, because I know some people who are Trump supporters who otherwise are nice people. And to be clear: I am not saying this about people who voted for Trump. This is about those who still support him, even after seeing how truly horrible he is both as a human and as a president.
To those who say Trump is admirable — a great man who can do no wrong — they are just dead wrong and I question their morality if they feel that way. To those who say they don’t like him as a person but like what he is doing, then I wonder what kind of person would like his rolling back of the environmental protections when climate change is getting so urgent, who is making it nearly impossible for people in strife from the south to legally enter the country (and is tearing apart families in the process), and his demonization of the press.
I think approving of Trump because you like the social change happening in this country despite the horrible things he is doing is analogous to burning down your house because it blocks your view from your guesthouse. (And if someone actually *likes* the ugly social change happening in this country right now, then I have a problem with that, too!)
To be clear — I don’t hate Trump supporters. But if I ever meet a Trump supporter, my first impression will be incredibly tainted and I will have to search this person for nuances to find something in them that can make me see them as a decent human under all that Trump taint.
This is how our brains work: We see someone wearing a KKK sheet and automatically have a picture in our minds of what they believe and are choosing to associate with — even if the person under the sheet is actually a loving parent, appreciates the same kind of music you love, and teaches homeless kids math for free.
I agree with those who say that if we have Trump supporters in our lives and we already know them as decent humans under the Trump-slime, then don’t stop loving them.
But loving someone and wanting to hang out with them are two different things. Their Trump support would definitely affect my relationship with them (probably just as much as my hatred of Trump would taint me in their eyes). To me, they are dang close to (but not quite) as bad as someone who would wear that KKK sheet. And I don’t think I want them around, any more than I would want someone around me who thinks it is okay to torture animals for fun. Or who would steal money from the elderly. Or would treat immigrants like criminals and animals.
I guess I am saying that Trump supporters are wearing their own kind of KKK sheets — Trump Sheets — that paint them with the beliefs and behaviors of Trump.