Did you see the ads for the second debate? They looked like a promo for the newest episode of The Voice. Presidential debates should not be hotly anticipated, and should not be promoted with such fanfare and manipulated glee. Why are people creating drinking games for this shit? Why are people creating videos of themselves wearing Trump and Clinton masks dancing through a Wal-Mart? This isn’t funny.
Yes, we all laughed at Trump in the beginning. We laughed at the situation and the “imagine if’s” were abundant and hysterical. And here we are. When he started getting a following and started saying really crazy and racist shit, everyone kept laughing. Everyone but his followers, who felt like they finally found a voice for their crazy and racist minds. They want to elect him President. This isn’t funny.
Most of the Republican politicians came around to support him, even after publicly calling him a cancer (Rick Perry) and explaining that he’s a pathological liar and serial philanderer (Ted Cruz). When it became clear that Trump was going to be the nominee, almost all of them lined up to support him. Each of them secretly waiting for him to do something so bad that they could finally stand up in fake shock and disgust and declare that they can no longer support him. Saying racist shit didn’t stop them, saying shit about the wall, about health care, about punishment for abortions, about Muslims and war crimes; none of this had them revoking their support. Everyone sat around laughing at the Republicans as their party fell apart and they proved themselves to be a bunch of fucking idiots backing a clearly ridiculous candidate. Except for his supports, who continued to grow in numbers with each awful thing he said. They weren’t laughing, and were only getting angrier because of our laughter. This isn’t funny.
Finally, the moment came. The leaked tapes from the Access Hollywood bus that heard Trump bragging, “locker-room talk” style about being able to fuck any woman because he’s a celebrity and that you can even “grab them by the pussy.” Knowing what the internet will do to them, now the other Republicans are pulling their support. They've all breathed a sigh of relief as they no longer have it on their conscience of supporting someone who will lead this country and world into a total cluster fuck that will never be the same. But where were you for all that other shit he said and did? Was this leaked tape really the thing that put you over the edge? And people are still laughing, still putting videos from the debate online with a dubbed version of “(I’ve Had) The Time of My Life” and being hailed as a genius for doing so (seriously, TheWrap?). This isn’t funny.
And if things couldn’t get any phonier, all across the stratosphere are celebrities and athletes saying that kind of “locker-room talk” doesn’t happen, and celebs don’t have that attitude, and so on and so on. Ok, cool that some of you are smart enough to know you can’t defend that because the internet will ruin whatever career you have left for the rest of eternity, but also fuck all of you. Trump was caught being a celeb with a big ego thinking he was privileged to fuck anything that moves because he’s famous. And famous people think that’s not true? Once a season, SVU does an episode about that shit. Remember that John Mayer playboy article from a few years ago? Or countless celebs bragging about their exploits to Howard Stern. Go through an athlete’s private messages folder on Instagram and eat your heart out. They all do it, but they’re also not running for President. That wouldn’t be funny either.
Remember the leaked tape from the fundraising dinner with Mitt Romney in 2012? That lost him the election. Let's hope that happens again. As far as real-life super villains are concerned, Donald Trump is so far worse than anything this country has ever seen before. Germany saw it in the 1930’s. You never see people dressed as Hitler for Halloween, obviously. But I wonder if they would have before he really came to power, before he fucked up the world. Now it’s happening again, and I hope you’ve all enjoyed the ride, because there’s no coming back from this. Laugh at me about this and all my dramatic panic, but don’t laugh about Trump; it’s not funny.
First they came for the Socialist, and I did not speak out - because I was not a Socialist.
Then they came for the Trade Unionists, and I did not speak out - because I was not a Trade Unionist.
Then they came for the Jews, and I did not speak out - because I was not a Jew.
Then they came for me - and there was no one left to speak for me.
Martin Niemoller (1892 - 1984)