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Old 11-14-2016, 06:44 AM   #56 (permalink)
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While I appreciate the general sentiment of peace and hope in the tweet so many folks are sharing: "Wanting Trump to fail is like wanting a pilot to crash the plane we are ALL on." I cannot 'climb on board', if you will, to blindly hoping for or supporting someone who has proved to be so incredibly problematic.

I think John Oliver said it well last night:

“Optimism is nice if you can swing it, but you’ve got to be careful, because it can feed into the normalization of Donald Trump, and he’s not normal,” Oliver warned. “He’s abnormal. He’s a human What Is Wrong With This Picture… So giving him a chance, in the sense of not speaking out immediately against policies he has proposed, is dangerous. Because some of them are alarming.

“Some argue he might not have meant all those things,” the late night host said. “That leaves us with two bad options: Either we just elected a president who didn’t mean a single word he said, or we elected one who did.”

Problem is, it’s impossible to know which one is true, Oliver said, citing Trump’s 60 Minutes interview that had run earlier same evening, in which he walked back several of his campaign promises that had played well with his supporters. Among them, his vow to kill Obamacare, and to appoint a special prosecutor to investigate Hillary Clinton with a view toward tossing her into the hoosegow.

“Don’t get complacent…He might change his mind on that again,” Oliver cautioned “Trump is like a Magic 8 Ball; every time you shake him gives you a different answer.

Trump’s election begs the question how the media, which is “supposed to catch a serial liar, failed,” Oliver said.


Keep reminding yourself this is not normal, Oliver said. Clarifying, he continued: “a Klan-backed misogynist internet troll will deliver the next State of the Union Address, and that is not normal.”
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meet them at the door laughing and invite them in."
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