I am writing tonight because I have to talk with someone. You are it, aren’t you excited?
I watched David Muir’s interview of Donald Trump tonight. I tried to watch as someone who supported him. I could see, if you are willing to accept promises and words with no specifics, that you could be sucked in. Sucked in. That’s how it felt for me. I heard a lot of applause for Trump by Trump. I heard an overwhelming concern about crowd size, not winning of popular vote – all lies, of course, what people, including ABC, said about those things. He is accepting the Pew report which he says said there was voter fraud, although they said (maybe later, I don’t know) there was no fraud. His answer – why did they give that report? So – let the taxpayers pay for a stupid investigation to massage his ego. Let Congress vote to pay for a wall between us and Mexico – a wall that will not really burden Congress at all, but will burden taxpayers. To be repaid by Mexico – in some form that might be quite complicated, but not specified.
Specifics. I heard none.
I heard about the “tremendous” (everything is tremendous and really big) anger in the country. I heard nothing about any acceptance of responsibility for feeding that anger. I heard how bad it is – it’s not good, but I am so glad Trump explained to me how horrid it really is with all that carnage, because otherwise I might not have felt as inclined to herald him as our savior. OMG! People buy this! How? Really, how?
He believes in torture, but will go with what “his group” wants – I heard that he can’t be bothered with having real, specific ideas about that, or probably anything really, so that’s why he has a “group” to decide those things.
I saw the picture on his wall showing a huge crowd at his inauguration – okay. That’s something that’s really important. Uhhuh. Beats out homelessness, children living in poverty, wars that bring us back veterans who fought for our freedoms and will spend the rest of their lives suffering PTSD. There’s a theme here, isn’t there? He has to be the biggest, the best, the greatest, not questioned, treated with respect he gives no one else. He “loves” anyone who he wants something from – feeling that saying he “loves” them will make them fans? And yet – and yet – I read that he is not really that great a business man. Blasphemy, I am sure.
I heard, I saw, frail ego. I heard, I saw, reactionary. I heard, I saw – I felt – more fear. More concern.
How did we get here? If it weren’t so icy outside, I would go for a walk in the dark, an attempt to dispel these thoughts, these feelings, to encourage sleep. Instead, I will have more wine, and I will whine.
Am I so stupid, or is it the voters who got him in office? That’s unfair. They apparently were desperate for change, and with desperation comes blindness. Selective blindness. Which might or might not relate to Alternative Facts. And Alternative Reality.
I will give that perhaps Obama was a bit too intellectual, not quite enough of a “people “ person. But this? Really? This? We need changes. Are we going to get the changes we need? I hope. I hope. I fear.
With respect to those who disagree with me – these are my feelings. I respect your feelings. I may not understand, but I respect.