Last Night Completely Changed My Views On Trump
I’ve never been a “Trump guy” and I’ve certainly never been a “Biden guy.” (For what it’s worth, I’m a pretty staunch libertarian and I’ve never really connected with any electable candidate in the past 15 or so years.) At the same time, I have never been a “Trump hysteric.” To be honest, the virtue-signaling outrage-machine that never stops spewing phony indignation in response to Trump’s rather “off the cuff” style of politicking always annoyed me significantly more than Trump’s comments themselves. And I always thought the media and the never-Trump group’s response to Trump was far more embarrassing for our country than Trump himself.
That all changed last night. Until last night, I always gave Trump the benefit of the doubt. If there was any doubt to give, I would cheritably give it to him. He speaks off the cuff, he doesn’t prepare and, as a result, he’s going to say things every once and a while that can easily be misconstrued and taken out of context to make him look reprehensible. And intellectually dishonest people and the media have been relentlessly exploiting that flaw for the past 4 years without reprieve. There is no denying that, for the past four years, no one has been objective or unbiased in their views on Trump (whether in support of, or in opposition).
Two things irreversibly changed my charitable attitude toward Trump last night.
First, as I watched Chris Wallace ask Trump to denounce white supremacists, I was tracking Trump’s response in real-time, giving him the benefit of every doubt. Then, there was that silence after Chris Wallace clarified exactly what he wanted Trump to say. At that point, you can see Trump’s facial expression visibly change. You can see something behind his eyes shift. There’s a moment of clarity, where he plainly understands the request, he understands the context, he understands the significance, and he just could not do it. He. Could. Not. Do. It. I had to rewatch the footage 5-6 times to make sure there was absolutely no benefit of any doubt left to give him. There was none.
I was just baffled. For the very first time, I saw him in an entirely different light.
Now, with that said, it’s entirely possible that Trump does not support white supremacy and is not a racist. But the fact is, he is 100% incapable of denouncing ANYONE who shows him a modicum of support. His decision-making is binary and categorical. Morals, ethics, consequences, they play no part in his decision-making process as to who or what he supports. If they like him; Trump likes them. And to think that our foreign policy, even our domestic policy, is governed by that philosophy; a philosophy that’s completely unbridled by ethics or moral norms, it’s downright scary and completely unamerican.
People can respond to this post w/ compilation videos showing all of the times that Trump has historically denounced white supremacy; it’s irrelevant. The fact is, when asked to do it last night on the world’s stage, when an election was up for grabs, he just could not do it. To me, it’s dispositive on the outcome of this election. There’s no going back.
Second, the fact that Trump could not publicly commit to urging his supporters to stay calm and not engage in civil unrest if the election results are drawn out, is just reprehensible. Beyond reprehensible. It’s the rhetoric of dictators. It’s the type of political dysfunction only possible under truly authoritarian regimes. Again, when Trump would make comments implying that he may not concede the election in the past, people would ask me what I thought. I’d say that Trump is likely just trolling because he knows this topic in particular, whether he’ll concede the election, is so sensitive that he can’t resist getting a rise out of the left who will inevitably lose their ever-loving minds at the thought of Trump refusing to concede. But, at the same time, I would also say that even if it’s trolling, it’s completely unacceptable. To troll about something that is so important to the underpinnings of our democratic republic; it’s very uncool. But after last night, when Trump just could not commit to urging his supporters to refrain from engaging in civil unrest, I realized that he’s not trolling. He’s not. It’s serious.
And as a result, we are now guaranteed civil unrest like we haven’t seen since the Civil War. Regardless the outcome of the election, it is plainly inevitable. Play out the various hypotheticals. In any event, there will be a time when the election results are uncertain. The in-person ballets will indicate one result while we wait for the mail-in ballets to confirm it or say another. During that time of uncertainty, both candidates have essentially promised to get the Supreme Court involved, which Trump acknowledged last night “could take months.” I’m not fear-mongering when I say that violence will be inevitable. And couple that with Trump’s call to the “Proud Boys” to “stand back and stand by.” That could easily be interpreted as a direct call to arms. (I am no longer willing to give Trump the benefit of the doubt, here.)
Last night was an absolute embarrassment for our country. An embarrassment that played out on the World’s stage for everyone to see and rightfully ridicule. A clear sign to the world at large that our country, once so strong that no one could take us down, has begun to self-destruct. We no longer need foreign enemies because we’re self-imploding without the help of any foreign combatants.
All I can say is that I hope last night was merely a stain on the fabric of our democratic republic and not the beginnings of a tear. If last night signifies the ladder, I fear that tear will soon give way under the building pressure until it completely rips. Strange times we’re living in.
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