You probably watched the news over the past few days so I won’t do much of a recap here. Suffice to say, the coronavirus has spread like wildfire through the Sun Belt, forcing conservatives who spent months whining that the epidemic was a “coastal elite hoax” to face the tragic reality of their ignorance. Many thousands will suffer and die because Trump and his cult refused to embrace the facts.
With only four months until the election, it’s clear that Trump’s profound incompetence and costly leadership failures have severely damaged his re-election prospects. The situation is so bad that Trump even rage-tweeted at Fox “news” yesterday because they had the audacity to report his horrible poll numbers. But the more Trump feels cornered, the more desperate and dangerous he’ll get.
We’re approaching the period in this calamitous saga when our own anger and outrage need to be channeled into action. We need to support efforts to register voters, resist voting purges and other forms of voter suppression, and ultimately get our voters to the polls. We also need to be raising awareness that Trump could conceivably try to invalidate the election by claiming widespread voter fraud or declaring a national emergency or somesuch nonsense–especially with corrupt Bill Barr overseeing the inJustice Department. We shouldn’t be surprised, but we should damn-sure be outraged and ready to reject any trickery.
We should also begin, cautiously, to imagine the post-Trumpian world we want to shape and fight for. The most interesting and thought-provoking article I read over the holiday was an op-ed in the Philadelphia Inquirer by a former Air Force Colonel, Curtis Milam. Colonel Milam’s piece was titled “How I Learned to Relax and Love Donald Trump,” and it’s a fascinating “silver lining” outlook on our current political moment. Milam writes:
Reflected in Trump is all that is wrong with the United States: the injustice of our broken social contract, the crassness of our politics, and the cruelty of our economy. Trump is also the shock that a mature democracy needs for action. To use a timely metaphor, Trump and his supporters are a virus, and they have activated our democratic antibodies. What we are seeing in the streets is the body fighting the infection.
He calls us to take advantage of this galvanizing moment, and goes on to conclude that:
Our revulsion at Trump is causing Americans to ask: How did we get to this place? And how do we get out? That will take time and hard work by well-intentioned people from every corner of American society.
Here’s a link to the op-ed:
We have much work yet to do, but the political wind is at our back and history is calling us to rise from the ashes of the Trump-coronavirus catastrophe to remake our nation into a more just and equitable society.
Keep resisting Trump and keep working to “vote his ass out of office.”