Perhaps you’ve noticed that I hardly write much about politics anymore. That’s because I’m so deeply disheartened at where every side is at in our country now, and I’m not sure I even have anything useful worth saying about any of it. But there’s at least this one thing.
I continue to be surprised and scared by Donald Trump’s popularity on the right.
Six months ago, I would have said that if anything good were to come out of this new administration, it might be a real focus on media bias, which is pervasive and truly dangerous (it almost certainly contributed to the shooting of Congressman Steve Scalise, for example), and which Trump has actively highlighted.
But now it’s clear that, if he’s done anything at all, he’s set back the issue at least twenty years. Consider his infamous “covfefe” tweet. Everybody laughed at the weird typo (which he said was caused by typing at night while getting tired), but the real story was ignored: the president of the United States, in bed at night, felt sorry for himself and wanted to garner sympathy by lashing out at domestic critics, but he was so sleepy that he screwed it up.
And he’s in charge of defending the free world.