Where I come from, we have a simple litmus test: If it walks like a duck and quacks like a duck, it’s a friggin’ duck. And while your list is incredible, I really just needed one example. Because there are a fair number of my fellow whites who are decent enough that even they don’t realize they’re racist, but then there are the others; if, for example, one were to use the n-word even once, no more evidence is typically needed — that person would be one of those, and Trump obviously falls in that category. He is a damn duck.
The funny thing, though, is that you could present this entire mountain of evidence to even the nicest Trump supporter, and it wouldn’t make the slightest dent. They would simply tune you out, because nothing you could do or say would fit into their alternate reality where Trump is their savior and yet they are somehow still good people. Amazingly, every year a million kids stop believing in Santa Claus because they only had to hear the truth once or twice for the pieces to fall logically into place (the parents just make much more sense than a fat man in red going down the chimney of every house in the world in one night) but then these same kids grow into people who can’t see the reality that is Trump.
Those who don’t attend his rallies directly can avoid the reality simply by tuning in to, say, Fox News and completely avoiding the “liberal” media. On those rare occasions when the din gets too loud, Trump and his operatives can just say “they’re lying,” or “it’s locker room talk,” or “She lies more,” or “the media’s being mean to me,” or… That’s all it takes. The poor man must be protected from the likes of you, Thaddeus.
I don’t get it — I’ve never seen anything like it. Even a few people I normally like and trust are under this spell: the duck is no longer a duck. It’s as if he has a force field around himself and neither your brilliant list nor anything I point out will penetrate it. Maybe it really is because their own sense of personal goodness is now being challenged. Maybe he truly is the devil, weaving a spell. Whatever it is, if something doesn’t change soon, this is going to be the longest presidency ever.