It’s 2009. An election took place. There was a peaceful transition of power. barack obama was inaugurated. A lot of us were unhappy with the outcome of the election but we sucked it up. We did not protest.
We did not riot. We did not burn property.
We did not destroy businesses, and there no end to the irony in the vandalizing of a Starbucks.
We did not immediately rip into the President’s kids, as did this SNL writer.
We did not have nervous breakdowns
We did not need inauguration day safe spaces
We did not need juice boxes and Legos
The difference between 2009 and 2017 is stark. This country is divided like it has not been in a long time. People feel free to do stupid things. People feel free to act like idiots. They feel free to destroy the property of others. They feel free to disrupt the lives of others. They’ve become a**holes. What was it about the last eight years that led to this? From Brendan O’Neil on Facebook:
“TRUMP?! HOW DID THIS HAPPEN??”
It happened because you banned super-size sodas. And smoking in parks. And offensive ideas on campus. Because you branded people who oppose gay marriage ‘homophobic’, and people unsure about immigration ‘racist’. Because you treated owning a gun and never having eaten quinoa as signifiers of fascism. Because you thought correcting people’s attitudes was more important than finding them jobs. Because you turned ‘white man’ from a description into an insult. Because you used slurs like ‘denier’ and ‘dangerous’ against anyone who doesn’t share your eco-pieties. Because you treated dissent as hate speech and criticism of Obama as extremism. Because you talked more about gender-neutral toilets than about home repossessions. Because you beatified Caitlyn Jenner. Because you policed people’s language, rubbished their parenting skills, took the piss out of their beliefs. Because you cried when someone mocked the Koran but laughed when they mocked the Bible. Because you said criticising Islam is Islamophobia. Because you kept telling people, “You can’t think that, you can’t say that, you can’t do that”. Because you turned politics from something done by and for people to something done to them, for their own good. Because you treated people like shit. And people don’t like being treated like shit. Trump happened because of you.
By the way, which democrat denounced the violence taking place in DC and around the country? No one.
Which President called for peace during the transition? I must have missed it.
This country is divided, but Donald Trump did not divide this country. He is inheriting a badly divided one- he is inheriting the obama legacy.
Now about that irony: