Notice : The following piece is purely opinion and was written with the intention to articulate my thoughts on the Trump presidency.
The 2020 presidential election undoubtedly generated an incredible amount of enthusiasm among Americans. Although some would contend that it is not yet over, the outcome, at present seems quite clear ; Joe Biden will be the 46th president of the United States of America. For some, Biden is a career politician with a mostly hollow track-record of various futile political exploits, in contrast with others, who are satisfied simply in knowing that he is not Donald Trump. It is also obvious that, while at the ballot box, many voters were compelled by rationality to make the so-called “lesser of two evils” decision. When one party is attempting to re-elect a person you have been perpetually told embodies Satan himself, and the other a half-senile but still rather nice looking septuagenarian, it can certainly prove a troublesome pick.
In retrospect, the Trump era was definitely an eventful one. After his election in 2016, traditional (but still very influential) cable news networks commenced an arguably unending cycle of improper and biased coverage of his administration. Such reprehensible coverage often went unnoticed since these networks were more or less ideologically aligned with the viewers they attracted. Though others frequently decried such coverage and demanded its cessation – with reasonable grounds – its effects actually played a major role in creating a type of new media. Also, moderate liberals and conservatives seemed to have formed an unheard-of relationship over the topic of media bias. One need only look to the IDW (Intellectual Dark Web) to behold this remarkable counteraction.
Another interesting aspect of the Trump era was how the person of Trump was, in a public way, made into a target for casting unchecked hostility. Not to say that Trump wasn’t deserving of criticism, but that a large portion of the unfavorable opinion about him was based on preconceived moral judgements of his character rather than rational assessments of his specific decisions and views. This became obvious to me whenever I happened to say his name while in the company of certain people. Some folks humorously refereed to this phycological reaction as the symptoms of a condition called Trump-Derangement-Syndrome. Merely uttering the name “Trump”, depending on the situation, sometimes had the capacity to transform a room full of smiling benevolent spirits into a den of insoluble uncomfortableness.
So, what about those who maintained a favorable view of Trump? It seems, initially, that Trump was able to garner a considerable amount of political popularity simply by adopting the campaign theme “Make America Great Again.” This slogan evidently conveyed a very timely sentiment, one that resonated almost perfectly with the views of many Americans. MAGA was an incredibly optimistic social vision with a central objective of fostering national regeneration. Americans were fed up with sleezy and cunning politicians running the show, they fancied someone who would represent them. Ultimately, this message is what won him the presidency.
But now we find ourselves in 2020. A pandemic is running its course, political polarization has reached an unmanageable stage, and Joe Biden will be our next President. God willing, we will all survive these next 4 years. Ad meliora!
Dylan Shetler is a freelancing self-taught writer and Christian apologist. He owns and operates his personal blog The Onlookers Publication: onlookers.news.