I sat down this morning to write yet ANOTHER set of words defending Trump supporters as complex humans who are more than just their politics. I’ve done it a lot on Facebook and some here. I always feel the need to do it when I see an upsurge of FB statuses that say, “I can’t be friends with you if you’re voting for Trump.” Those statuses always make me sad because I think of the positive things my Trump supporting friends and family have added to my life that have nothing to do with politics. So I follow that upsurge with a status or a blog post reminding people that humans are complex and made up of more than just their political views. We shouldn’t block big groups of people out of our lives in blanket motions like that.
But it’s so hard. I mean, I’m not sure the feelings are reciprocated because there is SO MUCH hatred of Clinton in my circle and a lot of the people who are voting for Trump are incredibly vocal about hating Clinton and I’m a sensitive little flower and I get my feelings hurt and I get defensive and I want to defend myself as a Clinton supporter but then that is pointless and I find myself posting more diplomatic statuses encouraging people to see others as complex humans worth of love regardless of their politics.
Even though I’m not sure everyone on the other side feels that way about me.
So I don’t stand up to anyone, but I defend everyone. And some days, like today, I just feel defeated.
I get frustrated that people are comparing Trump to Bill Clinton, because Bill Clinton is not running for President.
I get frustrated that the “soft spot” blow of conservatives is always about abortion and I keep seeing things like, “You say Hillary is for the kids, but how can she be for the kids if she supports abortion?”
I get frustrated that it’s assumed my support of Clinton is because I’ve been “brainwashed by liberal media” like I am not capable of discerning my views successfully on my own merit.
I get frustrated when I promote fact-checking and then get corrected that fact-checking is bad because it can be used to distort truths.
I get frustrated when people look at President Obama’s tenure as a 100% failure. Like he has driven the country into the ground the last 8 years. THIS IS SO FRUSTRATING.
So I guess I’m just venting today.
And to make myself feel better I bought this shirt.
Thanks for listening to me vent.