“Resistance means repetition,” Keith Olbermann says of the looming Donald Trump presidency. “Humiliate him, humiliate him every day, and those who support him.”
People intent on humiliating others end up humiliating themselves.
Police arrested a Greenville, Mississippi, parishioner of the Hopewell Missionary Baptist Church for burning down the structure and spray painting “Vote Trump” on the remains. “Arson is notoriously difficult to prove,” the Atlantic conceded about the arson at the African-American church, initially noting, “In this case, though, someone left a calling card about politics.”
In New York City, a trio of Trump supporters allegedly attempted to rip off a Muslim teen’s hijab while chanting “Trump” and telling the “terrorist” to leave the country. “Trump America is real and I witnessed it first hand last night!” Yasmin Seweid posted on Facebook on December 2. “What a traumatizing night.”
Manhattan, no Mississippi, struck the NYPD as a strange location for a train full of passengers to turn their backs, and remain silent, on an attack on a beautiful college student by three drunks. The cops found neither witnesses nor video evidence to corroborate her colorful claims. After nearly two weeks, she admitted to concocting the story to shield the reality of staying out past curfew with a Christian boy. Rather than depicting Trump supporters in a horrible light, the woman showing up to court in a shaved head — more humane than an honor killing, one supposes — displayed the barbarism that so bothers the President-elect’s most fervent backers.
Desperate to validate their prophecies foretelling the darkness of a Trump America, the Republican’s detractors fudge the facts to fit the script. Elsewhere, they flip the script, embodying the tactics they decried in Trump.
Those most aghast at the Republican nominee’s refusal during the campaign to automatically accept the results of a “rigged” election refused to accept the results of an election that they called “rigged” once the results turned out exactly not as planned.
People who faulted the Electoral College for its sins against pure democracy in vaulting the candidate with fewer popular votes to the presidency proceeded to urge electors to vote for people other than those supported by citizens of their state. Colin Powell, who received 25 ballots nationwide, garnered three votes in the Electoral College. Faith Spotted Eagle received more support from faithless electors (one) than she did in the popular vote (zero). Bernie Sanders, Ron Paul, and John Kasich also received votes from electors.
The divisive, small-souled refusal to drop partisanship so strident that it invaded decidedly apolitical aspects of life continued after November 8 but by the very folks imagining the sore-loser culprits wearing red Make America Great Again hats.
A Skowhegan, Maine, liquid petroleum dealer turned a cold shoulder to Trump supporters, who make up a majority of the people in his community, once the weather turned cold. “Thank you for calling Turner LP Gas,” Michael Turner’s voicemail told customers. “If you voted for Donald Trump for president, I will no longer be delivering your gas. Please find someone else.”
A man heckled Ivanka Trump on a commercial flight to Palm Beach this week, before security escorted him off the plane. Though the man’s husband denied that he lost his cool, he earlier tweeted: “Ivanka and Jared at JFK T5, flying commercial. My husband chasing them down to harass them. #banalityofevil.”
’Tis the season for acts of Christmas kindness and a honeymoon benefit-of-the-doubt for the incoming commander in chief? Bah, humbug!
“He who fights with monsters should be careful lest he thereby become a monster,” Nietzsche warned. “And if you gaze long into an abyss, the abyss will also gaze into you.”
The American Left stared into the abyss too long and confused their reflection for monsters.