The other day I was trying to come up with a word or phrase that would adequately describe the current Donald Trump hysteria. What I came up with was Trumphobia. That’s it!, I thought – I’m totally brilliant!
But as it turns out, I’m not that brilliant.
As a blogger, one thing I’ve trained myself to do by instinct is to research anything that I believe to be a new concept, especially when it comes from me. And sure enough, there it was in the Urban Dictionary: Trumphobia.
Curses – foiled again!
That dictionary defines Trumphobia as:
”The fear of a Donald J. Trump presidency. This fear stems from the false association between Trump and early European 20th century dictators. It’s also spawned by a vague, and misplaced, sense of European colonial guilt which attacks anything and anyone who stands up for Western European values.”
And there you have it. Though it turns out that I’m not that brilliant, my bruised ego is at least partially assuaged by the fact that there are others out there who see what I see, enough at least to believe that it deserves a proper description in the form of a word.
But lighthearted word associations aside, Trumphobia could get ugly. In fact, it could lead to widespread civil disobedience or worse. I’ll go a step further, and declare that civil disobedience is already fast taking root. And there’s good reason to believe that this is only the beginning.
The “Not My President” Crowd
The Trump presidency is fundamentally different from other administrations. The opposition party doesn’t just disagree with the political philosophy of this president – they outright want him gone. Nothing short of his departure will be acceptable.
This has manifested itself at all levels of society. It takes in the Democratic Party, the media and entertainment complex, government officials and employees, and even a few people in positions of power who should know better.
And then there are the many millions of people who voted for Hillary Clinton, who desperately want to believe that Trumps presidency is completely illegitimate.
Many – perhaps most – of the 65,853,625 Americans who voted for Clinton are fond of defiantly declaring “not my president”. The Left also hated Ronald Reagan, but they were forced to accept that he was a magnetic personality who enjoyed considerable approval among the American masses. As a result, their opposition to Reagan and his policies tended to be carried out in a more civilized way.
Trumphobia – The Political Situation Really is Different This Time
The reaction to Trump is far more venomous. Millions of people consider him to be detestable to such a degree that they’re willing to actively resist his presidency.
Justification is provided by the endless repetition of conspiracy theories: 1) Hillary won the popular vote, and should rightfully be the president, 2) The Russians hacked the election, and 3) the people who voted for Trump are “deplorables” who don’t know what’s good for themselves or the country. Or, put another way, Trump was elected not by legitimate fellow American citizens, but by idiots.
That last point is vitally important. The Left believes that anyone who voted for Trump is mentally deficient (but then they thought the same of people who voted for Reagan – are you noticing a pattern?). Maybe even more important, the anti-Trump camp views those who voted for Trump as their lessers.
That’s the height of arrogance. What they should really be concerned with are the factors that caused 49% of their fellow citizens to vote for a non-conventional candidate. That’s the real story of the 2016 election, and the narrative that the Left is desperately trying to erase from the history books (does anyone on the Left remember that Bernie Sanders nearly took out Hillary Clinton for the very same reason???)
If they let themselves perceive that reality, they might come to realize that we’ve got a boatload of problems that are being ignored by the mainstream parties and their lacky’s in the mainstream media. And that’s the bigger issue that they don’t seem to want to acknowledge. The 49% do “get it”, enough to take a chance on voting for an outsider.
My question to the Left is: What the Hell are YOU thinking??? If seeing real, unsolved problems across the national spectrum means that you’re brain dead, then count me amoung the empty headed. I don’t want to be included among those who are so smug or insulated that that they can afford to ignore what’s really happening out there to real people.
The Media/Entertainment Trump Bashing Frenzy
Perhaps the Democratic masses can be forgiven for their arrogance. After all, they’re being egged on by scores of entertainment and media personalities – as if they represent some body of critical political experts, rather than self-centered zealots.
People like Joy Behar, Whoopi Goldberg, Bill Maher and Rachel Maddow have virtually reinvented their careers around Trump-hating. The few times that I’ve accidentally tuned into any of their programs, they launched into their anti-Trump tirades almost immediately.
They’re hardly alone. Hollywood and the news media are almost unanimous in their hatred of Trump. They hardly miss a turn to take a swipe at him. Their bombast is relentless. Perhaps they feel that if they repeat their hate speech enough times, either the political system will dispose of Trump, or the citizenry will finally get out their pitchforks and torches.
(UPDATE: CNN host calls Trump a ‘piece of s—‘ over response to London attack – we should now fully assume that the recent London attack is also fully Trump’s fault – Keep it coming media drones, you’re proving my point!)
It’s not hard to see then why an angry comedian like Kathy Griffin would resort to making a video in which she holds up the bloody head of a Donald Trump likeness. That’s what happens when people get too comfortable in their hatred. After all, hatred knows no bounds.
Can you imagine a less liberal comedian holding up the bloody likeness of the heads of Bill Clinton or Barack Obama? The angry Democratic mob would’ve demanded the offending party’s head in the guillotine. But that’s the kind of thing that happens when hatred becomes unbridled. And unfortunately, according to the Left, hatred is only what non-leftists engage in. Since the Left are the authors of political correctness, they hold a monopoly on deciding who the haters are, and what constitutes acts of hate.
The problem with the Hollywood crowd is that they’re so singular in their politics and so certain of their political philosophies, that such extremism becomes their normal. Rest assured that there are very few souls in Hollywood who truly believe that Griffin’s video went over the top.
But that’s just more fuel on the fire. It goes a lot farther…
Opposition by Public Operatives
“Not my president” isn’t limited to the citizenry. Resistance to Trump directives is happening even within the federal government. There’s evidence of resistance by federal employees, who are attempting to undermine the administration by leaking their dissatisfaction to the media.
And why shouldn’t they? We have a sitting US Supreme Court justice in Ruth Bader Ginsburg who has repeatedly cast aspersions on Donald Trump. And just last week we got the news that fired former FBI director James Comey will be testifying this week before the Senate about “Trump confrontations”.
So what about the respect for the office of the president? What about executive privilege? What about confidentiality about sensitive information between the president and the director of a federal agency?
If that’s not enough, now we have accusations that Trump leaked sensitive information to the Russian Foreign Minister and ambassador.
Is there anything that this administration can do – or not do – without the word “scandal” being attached to it? One member of the Left shouts “scandal”, and the Vast Leftwing Conspiracy joins in the chorus.
There’s no doubt that Trump is clumsy. After all, he’s not a politician – and ironically, that’s the very reason he won the election. But that’s also the very reason why the elite Left and their millions of followers want him out. The Democratic Party has become the primary defender of the status quo.
I’ve written earlier that Trump’s enemies began the assault on his presidency the day after the election and it’s only intensified since. It has to make one question whether Trump is really that bad, or if the opposition has had malevolent intentions from the very beginning. My guess is some of the former, but an abundance of the latter.
State and Municipal Resistance to Federal Directives
This is another development that I find to be even more disturbing. We have various states and municipalities, in opposition to Trump, defying Federal directives. Several states are refusing to honor Trump’s travel ban. And just last week, when Trump announced the US withdrawal from the Paris climate agreement, the Washington Post reported:
”Still, many U.S. states and private companies announced Thursday that despite Trump’s decision, they would continue their own existing policies, such as restricting greenhouse gas emissions, as well as pursue new ones to demonstrate urgency in addressing the climate threat.”
So now we have states and municipalities establishing their own independent foreign policies. Is that supposed to lead to a better world? What ever happened to ”one nation under God”? We can’t even be one nation under one president. If we don’t agree with the president, we can simply establish and carry out our own policies.
At what point does the word “chaos” enter the picture? I think we’re already on a crash course with it.
Where we Go as this Quiet Revolution Gets Louder…
The end result of all of this counterproductive activity is that we’ve created a leadership vacuum. Nearly every one of Trump’s major policy initiatives are dead on arrival, even the reforms on healthcare and income taxes that this country desperately needs.
The mentality now is that if we don’t like the guy in charge, we can simply go our own way, while we marshal the forces to run him off.
Question: where does that behavior end? Will it apply only to Donald Trump? What about Mike Pence, his heir apparent? If the Left is successful in driving off Trump, will they run off Pence as well? And what about whoever comes next?
I spent this past Memorial Day in Salem, Massachusetts, with my family. The overriding theme is that witchhunts don’t end well. I suspect the Trump witchhunt won’t either. In the short run, things may work out for the Left. Trump may be run off, but dangerous precedents are being set.
What starts out as angry words and civil disobedience could feed on itself, ultimately leading to violence. For example, what happens if the rank-and-file of the Left aren’t satisfied that the Dump Trump removal is moving fast enough? Will they be satisfied to let Trump run out his term? What happens if he gets re-elected in 2020? Or closer to home, what happens if the Republicans retain or even extend their control of Congress in 2018, upholding the election results of 2016?
Will the Left sit quietly for any of it? The problem is that resistance and civil disobedience feed on themselves. Eventually they could lead to violence. A Trump hater takes a swing, and a Trump supporter hits back. Before you know it there’s a full-blown clash. And then there are more clashes… You get the picture.
The American Disdain for History
All you have to do is read the history books to know how this could play out. The problem that we have in America is this loose concept of American Exceptionalism. That term actually has several meanings, but it’s commonly interpreted to mean that America is exempt from the rules of history. Put another way, it’s widely believed by Americans that it – whatever “it” is – can’t happen here.
I believe that that assumption is about to be severely tested.
The Left is opening up a Pandora’s box. The good news is that it will one day come back and bite them right on their arrogant butts. The bad news is that the entire country will suffer as a result of what could very well be a succession of failed presidencies. Historically, political instability manifests itself in economic turmoil.
Is that creating a better world – or are we stepping on a hornet’s nest? As a history professor that I had in college said so accurately, People get what they deserve, which isn’t necessarily what they want. The manufactured hostility and resistance to Donald Trump is setting up that exact outcome.
I hope those of you who have eyes to see are preparing and assuming crash positions, because there’s more than ample reason to believe that that’s what’s coming next.