Sometimes, I think I live in an alternate reality surrounded by people I thought I knew. Yesterday, an old high school friend posted a meme saying that she supports Trump and “will not apologize for it.” At first, I used a tool to “unfollow” her, but when I woke up this morning, I thought to myself: “This woman is not your friend.” Anyone who unapologetically supports Trump is either racist, crazy, or both. These are people with whom I grew up, who saw and lived the effects of Jim Crow — even though they are white —and who should know better. It is not only a racial issue with Trump either; it is his hatred, stupidity, and determination to always do the wrong thing. As the Hill reported today, he continues doing the wrong thing.
Trump issued a statement in support of the insurrectionists who vandalized our Capitol on January 6: “Our hearts and minds are with the people being persecuted so unfairly relating to the January 6th protest concerning the Rigged Presidential Election.” He continued with: “In addition to everything else, it has proven conclusively that we are a two-tiered system of justice. In the end, however, JUSTICE WILL PREVAIL!” What is wrong with this man? An even more compelling question is: What is wrong with the people who support him? One Black man dared to contradict my former friend’s post, and he was deleted and blocked. Another woman posted on the thread that the U.S. and the world “need” Trump. For what? To sow more discord? To violate more norms? No, we need Trump right where he is—on the outside looking in, and he needs to stay there. The mere fact that people are holding a rally in support of domestic terrorists says a lot about what some of them have become. I am so sure they did not hear one word George Bush said last weekend because they are too far gone.
Interestingly, the organizers of the rally want no involvement from Trump, and they have asked that people not wear clothing promoting him, which is strange because he is their leader. The insurrectionists broke laws, and they are getting what they deserve, though some—at least in my view—are not getting enough. They are not being persecuted nor are they patriots. They are domestic terrorists who decided to break the law and are now suffering the consequences on their choices. The sooner this gets through people’s heads the better.
This madness must end but how can we make that happen? You certainly cannot reason with these people because all sense of reason left them a long time ago. You are immediately pegged as the enemy, and the best they can do is hurl insults. Who wants to be bothered with that? In the end, I can only do what is best for me and my overall wellbeing, including my sanity, which includes banishing those people from my life. No, that does not solve the overall problem, but until someone comes up with a better solution, you can only protect yourself.
Shirley is a former entertainment writer and has worked in the legal field for over 25 years