The Trumpacabra Effect
To call Trump a polarizing figure would not be wrong. Understatement perhaps? Hyperbole? Fake news? Misunderestimation?
Trump has had a profound affect on, well, nearly everything, and for the most part, not in a positive way. If there is one plus side to Trump's epic failure as a leader, it is that his negligence and general idiocy have in fact galvanized a grassroots, people powered opposition. But the sheer magnitude of his lack of leadership has started to wear people down, grind them into smaller and smaller pieces of apathetic depression. As the Trumpacabra continues to hammer away at things like common sense and basic human dignity, it is getting harder and harder to maintain the same level of disgust and anger. He has repeatedly beat his own citizens over the head with his hammer of stupidity, and just how much more can we really take?
As one of the biggest hurricanes ever measured bears down on Florida, and as Houston waits for the flood waters of Harvey to recede and reveal the billions of dollars of infrastructure covered in muck, and as the entire Western U.S. smolders in a biblical sea of fire and smoke and record breaking heat, something has to give. We were hoping it would be the Donald, but so far no luck.
Our own editorial staff has been directly affected by Trump's lack of leadership. Our copy editor L.A. Tenorio is originally from Guam, and has had to live with the knowledge that her entire extended family might be blown up by nukes from North Korea. Our editor in chief J.D. Hager is a teacher and scientist, and has felt his very existence marginalized by Trump's disdain for both science and education. And lastly, our interweb editor has gone into hiding, as his paranoia and expiring visa have ramped up his own fears of being deported back to Germany, where he is probably better off anyway. He has spent much of his recent days searching out Nazis to punch. His ultimate goal, he says, is to punch the Trumpacabra in the face directly. That seems to be his new mission in life, and to that we say "Go A.J.!"
We can only hope the blow might knock some sense into him.