As this election fiasco continues to unfold, I am trying my damndest to reserve judgement until there is more known evidence. It’s not easy.
Today Donald Trump finally admitted that he “thinks it was Russia” that hacked the DNC.
Yesterday, James Comey was asked about a possible investigation into Trump having covert ties to Russia. His reply was laughably hypocritical: “I would never comment on investigations, whether we have one or not, in an open forum like this”. If only he had taken that position a little earlier.
Everything will come out eventually, of that I have no doubt. It’s getting harder and harder to ignore the direction things are going though. This is going to be incredibly damaging to the country, regardless of the outcome, of that I am sure.
My biggest concern right now is the tone that is escalating between Americans because of everything that is happening. I see Trump’s supporters yelling for people to “get over it” and calling others derogatory names, widening the gap further between themselves and others. I see the Anti-Trump movement gathering steam and passing along meme after meme, assuring their opposition that “they will never forgive them for voting for hate and racism”, increasing the rift as well.
Donald Trump is unusually gifted at creating division among people. His position as president-elect is already allowing that gift to flourish almost completely unchecked, and he hasn’t even taken office yet! If we aren’t careful it will tear this country apart.
Start small: Buy a friend a cup of coffee even though they voted for another candidate than you did. The next time someone you know attacks someone on social media for their political beliefs, ask them how their kids are instead. Or, even better, suggest they talk about something else so that we don’t end up hating each other.
No one person is going to help us heal, just as it’s no one person attacking. These are your friends. They’d still be your friends if you didn’t know their politics.
Stop. Think. Breathe. We all want the country to still be here when this is over.