We know we need to end Trump’s nightmare administration before hate destroys everything. If we wait for Trump supporters to finally wake up on their own, or if we pander to them, lots and lots of people are going to die, and not just the ones the president likes to make fun of in tweets. It’s going to be someone we care about.
Despite the years of agony it brought me, I kept trying to dialogue with Trump supporters. All they offered in return was willful ignorance, denial, anger, and contempt. Toxic selfishness. I see now that once the heart is corrupted with hate, and the mind railroaded into cultish beliefs, it is incredibly difficult to reverse course.
I lived one-third of my life under the dictatorship of Suharto in Indonesia. I witnessed how his cronyism, greed, and disdain for Indonesian citizens crippled an otherwise rich and capable nation.
We will continue to pay a terrible price here in the USA, as will our extended human family throughout the globe: because the ongoing impacts of Covid-19 and climate change — two crises exacerbated by the Trump administration and their adherents— are far-reaching, long-lasting, and irrepressible in the face of inaction.