Trump called on his supporters to send their contributions directly to his own committees in his first speech since leaving office. That call puts Trump at odds with the Republican Party’s existing political organizations, including the Republican National Committee and the party’s congressional campaign arms.
Fake news, alternative facts, media bias and suspicions that our former president is mentally unstable have all contributed to my state of confusion. I don’t know whom or what to believe anymore. I’m beginning to think Donald Trump isn’t getting a fair shake. I’m starting to agree with everything he says and I want everyone to get off his back. That alone scares me more than George Bush’s fake claim Iraq possessed weapons of mass destruction.
Obviously, I’ve become a victim of brainwashing. The endless anti-Trump campaign is grating on my nerves. Every day he’s getting bashed as if he had gained the presidency through a nonviolent coup instead of the Electoral College. So what if the Russians interfered in the 2016 election or Cambridge Analytica’s influence on “The Persuadables” had a digital hand in his victory? Nobody cares. He did a great job while in office. We know it’s true because he tells us every day.
As the Select Committee and their witnesses continue to pick on The Donald, my sympathy for him increases. He’s referred to as a childish, plate-throwing, incompetent nincompoop, unhinged and unfit for any enclosure other than a padded jail cell. He’s an ignorant egomaniac and the butt of many jokes, a disgrace to our country and a threat to our form of government. Committee witnesses infer he was behind the Jan. 6 insurrection and wanted to see Mike Pence swing from the gallows. I disagree.
Trump is a magician, a seal balancing on a rubber ball, a snake charmer, a con man, a brilliant red herring manipulator and an expert sword thrower. When in office, his genius was his ability to yell “fire” where there was no fire while he lit potentially devastating deregulation fires the populace didn’t pay the slightest attention to. He’s a Pied Piper, an unnatural force driven by an unnatural desire to reign supreme and walk his followers to the brink of destruction.
Why is he so popular? Ask any Regular Joe and he’ll ask you, “What’s not to love?” It’s the only response Joe has because he has no idea why he loves Trump. He just does, and therein lies my plea to get off the man’s back. The more we scream about his total and irrefutable contempt for history, science, truth, decency and democracy, the more his crowd sides with him. Americans love underdogs. We root for the guy who can take on the Establishment and beat it into submission. We overlook glaring flaws because we’re desperate to believe “everything’s gonna be great again.” Mind you, we didn’t realize things weren’t great until he came along.
How many more times will we hear his slogan before we wholeheartedly believe it? Brainwashing is easy and effective. Soon we’ll all fall in line and tell those Democratic, narrow-minded, ill-informed, tree-hugging Trump-haters to get off his back. He’s not perfect, but he’s a beacon of light in a dark world, a ray of hope in a failing democracy and a loving master to the crowd clinging to him for solace. Once we enter the magical, mystical world of Trump, we’ll understand the attraction. As we embrace the madness we may not realize our brainwashing is complete, but he will.
He’ll also know he or his designated survivor has been guaranteed another four years in the Oval Office come 2024. If that doesn’t awaken us from our Trump-induced stupor, nothing will.
— To contact Sharon Kennedy, send her an email at authorsharonkennedy.com. Kennedy’s latest book, “The SideRoad Kids: Tales from Chippewa County,” is available from her, Amazon, or Audible.
This article originally appeared on The Sault News: Sharon Kennedy: Let’s get off Mr. Trump’s back