I’m Done Resisting.
And I deeply apologize to all Republicans that I tried to convince to see the light. I tried to get you to see my light, my facts, my reality, and for that, I apologize. You can’t speak rationally to irrational people, and I knew that, but unfortunately that is what I have overly-optimistically been trying to do for years.
When the president of the United States takes a Sharpie, not only a Sharpie but a personalized Trump Sharpie pen, and draws on a cardboard map to change the direction of a hurricane, that’s not hilarious, it’s not infuriating, it is sad.
Instead of Republicans or advisors pulling him aside and saying, “Sir, with all due respect, that’s not how hurricanes work. Mr. President, for a hurricane to get from this point in the Atlantic Ocean to Alabama, it would have to go over Florida and probably part of Georgia, that landfall would slow down wind speeds. Because that’s how hurricanes work. Sir, a hurricane over land has reduced wind speeds because the hurricane lacks the moisture that the ocean provided. Just a few hours on land and a hurricane loses it’s power in the storm’s center. Therefore it would never hit Alabama as hard as it would hit Georgia and Florida. Also, this map is 7 days old, so I’m not sure why we’re using it or talking about it. Here let me get you an updated map.”
Instead of teaching Trump about weather and science and reality, no, Republicans took another route. They decided to join his fictitious ride on crazy train express and had NOAA pretend that hurricane Dorian was actually heading towards Alabama.
This is next level crazy. This is the kind of crazy, I can’t even reason with. This is a point where I concede that I can’t speak to Republicans like logical people, because no one in their right mind would go along with this.
Republicans didn’t call Trump out when he offended Brits and walked in front of Queen Elizabeth, or wrote policy to ban an entire religion or put children in cages or deported sick children or mocked a Gold Star family. I tried, in my head, to put myself in Republicans’ shoes. He’s their guy, so maybe they can overlook his flaws. Maybe Republicans just didn’t read the articles about him. Maybe FoxNews didn’t air the segments of his really crazy comments. Maybe conservatives didn’t know what he just did. Or maybe Republicans see some mysterious light at the end of the tunnel that I don’t see. Maybe Republicans have a higher threshold for bullshit than I do. I tried to give Republicans the benefit of the doubt. But I can no longer do that.
When Trump supporters are willing to overlook current reality, I concede that I can no longer try to have a conversation with them, because we aren’t sharing the same reality.
And if Trump is all a joke to Republicans, and he’s literally just a reality show like every other show on TV, you should know that Trump jumped the shark, and I can no longer watch the show. The plot has nowhere to go from here.
This Hurricane Dorian map nonsense goes against the format of every episode of President Trump that America has seen. Usually the format is that Trump does something crazy, then the liberals cry liberal tears, and that’s hilarious. “Oh, look at how upset the liberals get.” But part of the Trump format is also sticking it to someone. As in, sticking it to Muslims, or minorities, or immigrants. To rally Trump’s crowd he needs a consistent antagonist, like Democrats or liberals or Hillary or Obama.
So the reason the Hurricane Dorian map really jumped the shark is because there was no clear reason for it. It wasn’t sticking it to anyone. Was he trying to screw over meteorologists? Or Alabama? Or the Carolinas where the hurricane was actually heading? Or pick a fight with reality? Who was his adversary?
The reason Trump’s reality show format has worked is because it has been about sticking it to someone. And the skewed logic by Trump supporters is that by putting other people down, this will somehow bring them up. This logic is erroneous, but I see where they were going with it. The logic of ‘if we oppress everyone else but ourselves, we’ll have a better chance of getting ahead.’
In reality, my reality, factual reality, Trump hasn’t helped anyone get ahead other than a handful of his billionaire friends. He hasn’t cut taxes for the average American, or brought more jobs than Obama, or helped farmers, or people who own land near the border. In fact, he’s screwed over most of these people while sticking it to the liberals and creating policy to help Russia.
So, I’m done resisting. Collectively, America been talking about this criminal non-stop since 2015. I’m exhausted. I’m over it. Resistance is exactly what Trump wants. It’s what he’s always wanted, because resistance is still all about him. Resistance still puts him at the centerpiece of the news narrative. With ‘resistance’ he’s still in control. With resistance he has an adversary to overcome. So, I’m not resisting Trump. I’m doing something that he would hate more if everyone started doing it, I’m ignoring Trump.
Instead I’ll be focusing my clicks, views, conversations and energy on other things. I’ll be spending money with companies and organizations that are focused on improving society and the planet. I’ll be focused on leaders with something factual to say. Leaders with policy ideas or strategy to correct injustice and enhance innovation. Leaders who will be moving the world forward, not holding it back. Leaders who aren’t responding to Trump’s antics, but rather ignoring Trump and promoting their own ideas.
When I want to see what celebrities are doing, I’m going to read about Megan Markle’s adorable baby or Nadal’s victory at the US Open, or Tom Hanks and Leonardo DiCaprio’s charitable help with the environment. I’ll even talk about Valerie Plame’s video to announce she’s running for congress.
But I’m no longer clicking on articles that have Trump’s name or photo. I’m no longer reading articles that include quotes or responses from the White House. Because if articles are including fiction and a quote that is a lie in a news article, then the whole article is questionable reporting. I’m no longer watching shows that are talking about him. I’m done. The Trump show is over for me. I refuse to promote this moron.
To put it in TV terms Trump supporters can understand, we all have that moment when we quit a show and never go back because it’s gotten too ridiculous. In Homeland, for me, it was when the writers decided to kill off Brodie. In House of Cards, it was the beginning of the second season, when I realized that Francis Underwood would never have a character arc or accountability to all the people he hurt.
We all have our breaking points, even with fictional characters like Trump. I can’t keep watching as this character continues to wreck havoc and threaten global stability with no character arch, no personal growth, no accountability, and no justice.
I don’t care if he is running around naked on the White House lawn wearing Melania’s underwear on his head, I’m not watching. I don’t care if he’s setting up a Trump space station to spy on American citizens, I’m not clicking. I don’t care if he’s in Kabul launching his brand of Trump Tea that he’s partnered with terrorists to make, I’m not reading about it. I’m done. I don’t care if he picks Putin as his running mate instead of Pence, I’m not reading about it.
Now if journalists want to start writing about what real leaders are doing to offset the insanity coming out of the Wack House, I’ll read that, I’ll click that, I’ll pay for a subscription for that.
Anyone who thought Trump had jumped the shark before now underestimated America’s ability to rubberneck at a horrible political accident. I believe this is the moment that more Americans will ignore him and keep driving past. I think Americans will start to set their sights on other news topics. I think this is officially the point that Trump jumped the shark, not because progressives think so. No, progressives think that Trump jumps the shark every day. But I think this is the point where even die-hard conservatives will admit that the current White House administration is completely bonkers. A leader can’t literally pick a fight with the weather and continue to be taken seriously.
And if it’s not the turning point for all Americans, it’s definitely the turning point for at least one, me.