Dear trump supporters: as my great-grandfather used to say, you are getting played like a fiddle.
And you don’t even realize it. We all get played every day. Millions of dollars go into advertising. Persuasion is being taught in college classrooms all around the country. It’s an art, a technique, a career path even. And it’s so easy to fall into. Confession: I have an internal struggle almost every day over whether or not to buy Kylie Jenner’s new lip kit, because I am actually convinced that I need it. I’m convinced that a matte lip gloss would make my life better and more fulfilling. And that is so ridiculous, but even right now, I really want the lip kit. Donald trump is a business man. He is a brand, and he knows how to sell it. That is, of course how he has gotten so far. How else could someone who has alienated and offended almost every group of people get this far in a race for arguably the most powerful position in the world? How could someone who is so aggressive, intolerant, and frankly rude, be this close to being the leader of a nation that is founded on tolerance and immigrants and virtues of kindness and hard work? He is starving for power, and he knows how to get it. He is absolutely smart, I will give him that. He knows exactly what to say to hit people in that heart-spot that has been aching, and they immediately jump on board blindly. That’s why everyone says “I like trump because he says what is on his mind! “I like him because he’s not afraid to say what he thinks” “he’s not corrupted by Washington”….. I have yet to have a conversation with someone who says, “you know, I really like trump because I think this policy is going to benefit my family and I, or i really believe that he is going to fix this broken system” He just puts words to the emotions we have all been feeling, and offers solutions, albeit horrible, empty and often illogical or unrealistic ones, but people don’t care. They just want someone to tell them that America is going to be great again, and they want someone to put words to their emotions. They don’t want someone who is “politically correct” because they want someone to say with strong, flippant and reckless language what they are feeling. Which is basically “WTF is going on? This hurts so bad, and we’ve got to fix it. I don’t give a damn what it takes and I don’t give a damn if we break every rule in Washington, we’ve got to fix it” And that’s what he does. And it doesn’t even matter how he actually proposes to fix it, because people just want the promise and the passion.
Our country is in such a unique place right now. Everyone is quite literally, terrified. We are paralyzed in fear and anger and confusion and sadness, and in a lot of ways, rightly so. I’m angry that innocent people are dying every day. I’m confused that there are starving children everywhere in a country that spends millions of dollars to watch some guys throw a ball around a field. There is a low-grade fear and vigilance in me whenever I enter into a crowded place because you just never know when a mentally unstable, broken soul will be armed with an assault weapon and decide to take out his own anger on the innocent people who just happen to be in the wrong place at the wrong time. I’m scared for the world my children will live in one day. I’m overwhelmingly sad that black men and women walk through this life always looking over their shoulder, wondering when someone will decide they’re not worthy of respect, based on their skin color alone. Im sad that a Muslim-American feels the need to constantly prove they’re not strapped with bombs. I’m confused when I go into the homes of some of the kindest, most genuine, hard-working people I know, who left everything they knew and loved in the hopes of finding safety and security for their families, and they tell me they are afraid to leave their homes for fear of getting ripped away from their children and sent back to where they came from. It’s almost unbearable to look into those sweet, brown eyes of kids who have no idea why they aren’t allowed to go to their favorite restaurant because their families might get ripped apart. The poverty and unemployment rate is staggering. And we are all trying to cope. Millions of Americans have decided to self-medicate, turning to all kinds of soul-numbing techniques to stifle this fear and sadness and confusion. It has led us into one of the most horrible drug epidemics we have ever seen.
And here is the thing: Donald Trump sees all this, and he is capitalizing on it. He’s a business man. He find the weak spots, the vulnerable people, and he plays them. But the truth is: Your soul is broken, and the world around us is broken, and it is okay and even good to feel the feels about that. I give you permission to cry and yell and scream and lament your situation. But when you are in that vulnerable place, the one where you feel lost and scared and angry and sad…I promise you, Donald Trump is NOT going to be your savior. He is going to try to convince you that he will, that you just need to be scared of “them” and trust him to flex his big muscles and it will all be okay. But I beg of you, do not trust him. Do not trust any of the presidential candidates, for that matter. None of them can or will save us from this pit we are in. (I’m not saying don’t vote, please vote. But…don’t vote for a savior– vote for a level-headed, wise, informed and even-keel leader.)….We have a Savior and His name is Jesus. He already defeated the brokenness and he sympathizes with us in our suffering, but that’s a blog for another day.
So, dear Trump supporter, or friend who is considering backing this hate-filled, power-hungry man who is promising to take your hurt away…. I’m sorry to tell you that he can’t. And I’m sorry to tell you that you are being played. Donald J Trump is playing you, those parts of you that are deep down in your soul and you can’t quite explain–he’s using those against you, for his own selfish gain. And, I can’t blame you, because I understand. I understand your hurt and your longing. I also understand the strong pull of ethos advertising. Every single one of us fall prey to the twisted mind games of advertising every day, arguably every hour. This is America in the 21st century. You are CONSTANLY bombarded by words and images that are trying to touch that vulnerable place in you, and trying to tell you that _____ will make it feel better. But hear me when I say this, the consequences of being played by Donald Trump, a man who is running for the highest position of power in our nation, are devastating. They are far greater than the consequences of spending $50 on Kylie’s new lip kit. His hate and his pride and ignorance will shake our nation to the core, and I promise you that he will not make America great again. Building walls, making jokes at other peoples expense, belittling, labeling and discriminating against human beings who are made in the image of God is extremely dangerous territory.
We need to open our eyes, and expose the reality. It’s okay to admit that you fell into the lie of believing that Mr. Trump could fix your hurts and save us. He’s a convincing guy, skilled at the art of persuasion and surrounded by advisors who coach him In how to do it better. We all put our trust in false saviors every day, because that is how we are wired. We all know we need saving, and that is good. But PLEASE don’t let Donald Trump use that against you…to get you to jump on board his reckless power trip.
You are a smart, brave, human being who is capable of loving, even when hate feels like the easier route.
Let’s stand up for love and justice and let’s do it together.
Don’t keep being played. You’re better than that.