Or at least, you should think of it as one.
During a meeting with House members and Senators on Thursday, President Trump referred to certain countries as “shitholes.” What really boggles the mind at this point is that many outlets are portraying the language as shocking. It makes you wonder what is the correct response. Do we keep defining Trump’s comments as devastatingly surprising, which only appears to fuel the support of his delusional base while framing him with a peculiar mystique?
Throughout 2017, Trump was consistently called out for his race-baiting tactics. Even the death of a woman in Charlottesville couldn’t elicit the correct sympathetic response from our irritatingly omnipresent POTUS. Forgetting the heights of Trump’s destructive comments creates new valleys for him to sink. Why are we giving him the luxury of allowing him to descend into valleys that we have dug? Just another example of a corporate fool making others do the work.
But then, reacting in a way that indicates dispassion isn’t a viable strategy either. Stating simply “Trump is a racist” isn’t enough. That is what an ethically impaired mind forces you to consider. React with surprise, or react factually yet disinterestedly? The thing I’d like to focus on is that much of the media, for good reason at least initially, has associated surprise with anger. 2017 is behind us. For some incomprehensible reason, the entire year centered on analyzing the motivations and psychological intricacies (okay?) of one bumbling man. “Perhaps he is so complex that it’s possible the President will change when the correct combination of circumstances presents itself.”
My suggestion is to detach anger from surprise, because imbuing a hated figure with mystique isn’t a sound plan when very similar incendiary comments have been consistently laced with shock. Unnecessarily maintaining surprise also begets fatigue. In my mind, anger can be sustained longer.
Essentially, what I’m saying is that 2017 was a tough learning experience, but a learning experience all the same. Should the focus be on lending phosphorescence to language that’s already grown stale? Of course, we have to focus on it to some degree, but our attention could occasionally look elsewhere.
Apparently, Trump denied the “shithole” comment. This wasn’t a serious update, though, because denials have ceased to matter.