March 12, 2017
I’ve been waiting. I knew it would be coming. Today it broke into public view. A letter in the Spokesman-Review. It is the public claim that criticizing President Trump will drive some ambivalent Trump voters deeper into Trump’s alternate reality. The claim is those voters who chose Trump last Novemeber as some kind of protest vote will not feel any buyer’s remorse and vote to turn him out of office in the next general election. The claim is they are so irritated by the drumbeat of criticism against the man for whom they voted that they will be driven even deeper into the Trump camp.
This argument is clearly aimed at trying to tamp down public outcry against the “deconstruction of the state,” and the misogyny, racism and contempt for facts that characterizes Trump’s increasingly ALT Right administration.
It’s nonsense. This argument is like saying I will become inexorably bound to my recently purchased lemon of a car if several mechanics tell me the catalytic converter is overheating, the air bag has life-threatening defects and the wheels are about to come off. My response, according to this Trumpian line of logic, would be to ignore the mechanics and become ultra-loyal to my lemon.
So don’t relent. Continue to rise up and speak out against the insanity of this electoral college perversion of the voters’ choice.
This whining about Trump protest is testament that the absurdity of this poor voter choice. Our long and loud protest is bringing home to some those guilty voters the consequence of their careless protest votes. They are feeling beseiged by the angry response of the majority, their fellow citizens, to their own ill-considered votes. Sometimes guilt is a good thing, especially if it changes future behavior for the better.
Ignore the whining of the Trumpistas, keep your protests going loud and clear. Give no quarter to Trump voters, who need to be educated before the next election. Offer to teach them. Support their moral and civic course correction with facts and logic. Make them think before they vote again.