Even after years of being involved in different levels and perspectives of politics, I remember starting out this political season just a mere few months ago on a naive footing. Throughout my adult life and looking back through the lens of history, I believed wholeheartedly that there would never be a Republican candidate that I couldn’t support over what the Democrats had to offer. Even the worst on our ballot would always be palatable in comparison. I preached it from whatever pulpit I was given and was deeply invested in that belief.
And then Trump. Watching his candidacy unfold was horrifying, each week revealing another revolting piece of information on exactly who he is, what kind of loathsome policies he’s supported both philosophically and financially. Vulgar and profane. Repugnant and immoral. A bully of the worst sort who has been able to protect himself with his cash and grease the wheels of consequence with his status. He shattered my solid and long held conviction that what we have to offer is always superior to the other side.
His nationalist, authoritarian beliefs have attracted every gutter bug imaginable to his campaign. And one of the worst pieces of slime who has slithered her way to the front of his campaign as his unofficial spokeswoman is Ann Coulter. Once a strong and witty voice of the right, she has turned into a woman who has become unhinged by racism and hate. And with the rise of Trump she found the altar upon which she will prostitute herself; exchanging basic human decency for re-tweets and book sales. Transforming herself into the Sarah Silverman of politics, an attention whore willing to say anything if she can only keep the spotlight on her for a few more seconds, she has become an utter shame of a leach to our party.
This weekend Coulter launched into a twitter rant that when I responded back had every White Supremacist roach crawling out of their hidey holes to viciously attack me and defend their mouthpiece. She has unofficially assumed the mantle of leadership, under this Trump candidacy, to represent the most vile among us. And they adore Trump as one would a savior who has come to cleanse their world of any shade of color outside of a lily, tweeting under hashtags like #cuckservative, #whitegenocide, #kkk, #jewhate, #whitesuprmacist, etc…
Theoretically, I knew this was going on. Like the majority of the Republican Party, I’ve been horrified to see every Nazi supporting, White Supremacist group and leader come out and endorse and campaign for Trump. I knew it was happening but I never really understood the extent of it until I was thrust in the middle on Saturday when literally every rabid rat, all hiding behind anonymous anime pictures and names, skulked out their ditches to defend their Dear Leader and his Eva Braun.
Together, Trump and and those who follow in the sludge behind him, like Ann Coulter, are systematically destroying who we are as a party. They are using our platform to erect a throne to white nationalism- using fear as a manipulation tool as fascist and dictators have through history.
To the decent people who have been sucked in and duped by the Trump campaign. Take a good hard look at who else is propping this man up. These are your bedfellows. When you share a common denominator as strong as this, it’s time for some self-awareness and deep introspection. Wake up.