As I’ve mentioned before, I’m currently in grad school. But I haven’t mentioned I live off campus. So on my daily commute to school, while winding through the far west suburbs of Chicago and into the rural areas near DeKalb, there’s a house. It’s got a giant “Trump-Pence” sign in the front yard. When I say giant, I mean maybe fifteen by twenty feet. Up on big wooden feet and facing out onto the highway. Yesterday when I drove past, it was gone. And I am significantly more excited about that than I should be. For starters, it means I don’t have to have a near daily reminder of the fact that not only do some people support racist, sexist, xenophobic bigotry, but they do so proudly. It also means I don’t have to have a nearly daily daydream about swerving off the highway and straight through that goddamn sign. But most importantly, it means there might, finally, be a crack in Trump’s support. And if there’s a crack in Trump’s support, there’s a chance we can take out the far-right wing that made him president.
And I shouldn’t pretend that the crack is significant by any stretch. Gallup shows Trump still has commanding support within the Republican party. Specifically:
Seriously, six percent of Democrats? What. Is. Up.
81 percent of Republicans is still shockingly high given the only successes of Trump’s presidency are the investigations into his administration, but it is five points lower than it was two months ago. Which means there’s a small, but significant segment of the population that’s finally considering, “Wait, maybe all of the country’s economic and financial problems aren’t because PC cucks have turned everyone into Beta pussies.” Now I’m not pretending for a second that shitty MRA groups are changing their minds en masse. Only that in individual cases, people might be figuring out that having a petulant manchild storming about the White House demanding things from countries that have no reason to give them to us, might not be the best way forward.
I’m also not saying that the Trump administration is tearing itself apart, and the Democrats need only sit back and watch. This overwhelming issue from the 2016 election shouldn’t only be that the country is willing to elect a madman, but that the country feels so disenfranchised by the major political parties that they felt betting on a madman was the best way out. Trump is the culmination of a problem the Democrats let go on too long in the form of Paul Ryan, Mitch McConnell, Ted Cruz, and Marco Rubio. Because our response to them was always “They’re racist, sexist fundamentalist, and their solutions won’t fix anything.” It should have been “They’re lying when they say your jobs are coming back. We want to give you new jobs. Let’s talk about an infrastructure bill that increases renewable energy, and combating wage depression.”
I want Trump out of office. Mostly because he’s a colossal embarrassment, and potentially the bringer of WWIII. But we can’t pretend getting Trump out is the goal of the Democratic party anymore. Our goal needs to be creating a competent, well-represented, effective party, which runs on more than being anti-Trump. Trump’s administration is in crisis, and as a Not Really That Great of a Man once said, “You never let a serious crisis go to waste. And what I mean by that is an opportunity to do things you think you could not do before.” We’ve been focused way too much on the crisis. Time to work on the opportunity.