You won by appealing to the worst in humanity (Fran Lebowitz)

Dear President Trump,

Yesterday I read the NYT “Table for Three” piece featuring Fran Lebowitz and Bill Maher and I keep circling back to Lebowitz’s statement that people who voted for you want the Confederate flag back. She also pointed out how you didn’t win because you did anything right; you won by appealing to the worst in humanity. I also read yesterday or the day before that although your approval rating is the lowest of any first term president ever, you have actually gained ground among Republicans. That is mindboggling and really very distressing. You are running roughshod over the planet, healthcare, poor people, and ethics and it is becoming undeniably clear that people in your campaign, including family members, colluded with a hostile foreign government, but your base is all over it and their support for you is unwavering. For Republicans to just shrug, look bored, and wonder what the big fuss is about with Russia is very confusing and deeply troubling. It’s as though they’ve been brainwashed and have somehow been persuaded to check their critical thinking out in the parking lot, far, far away from where they live. What gives? I suppose if a large proportion of your base does want some version of the Confederacy back and would prefer to live in a “Leave it to Beaver” time warp then it is probably pretty easy to manipulate them with fears about losing their status and power and with promises about holding onto their sacred patriarchal white privilege. At least that’s how it looks from here.

I am still really worried about what is going to happen when you are unmasked and the manipulations by the Republican toadies who’ve been propping you up for their own sick agendas are apparent. I actually don’t think your base will ever turn on you all but I do think it is quite possible that as they grapple with having been duped they will blindly misdirect their fury at the rest of us. You all will no doubt help fan those flames by manufacturing some bogus way of blaming us for your evil deeds. Sadly, I don’t see you ever stepping up and taking responsibility for this mess and there’s a snowball’s chance in hell that Putin will do so.

We need all the blessings we can get so:

May we all be safe from despots.
May we all be truly free to pursue happiness.
May be all be healthy and strong enough to face the truth.
May our lives unfold and intersect peacefully.

Tracy Simpson

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