My long ass response to Todd Brison about his recent Medium article.
If you vote for Trump in 2020 you fall into 1 of two categories. I read a story by Todd Brison on Medium entitled TRUMP’S LATEST MOVE AGAINST BIDEN IS PURE MARKETING GENIUS. My response was so long I decided to post as a story. The following is my response.
I have a friend who shares your opinion. He is a closet Trump supporter and willfully follows “his news sources,” which are not news; they are propaganda. He has to work to maintain his position to support this guy. Because there are no reasons based on his time as president that would indicate to a logical person, that Trump can even do this job proficiently. I realized this after nagging for months, and he sent me his list of reasons why he liked Trump. At which point, I realized the great lengths he has gone to, to justify his position to himself. To stay loyal to bullshit is willful. He provided me 15 excuses, and there is one I can’t dispute.
Why did be give me excuses? Because he does not want to self identify as a member of one of two groups. And Trump voters fall into one of these with a 5% standard deviation. (really more like 2%).
To be a Trump supporter in 2020 you are either; #1 — Insane or #2 Racist. I guess you could say nihilists, but they are broken and don’t count. I am also using group #1 to categorize the Bond-villain type, crazy genius guys. To be fair, most of them are actually 1 foot in both categories if you dig a little.
My acknowledging this reality makes me a little sick to my stomach. As for Americans to accept this reality is to accept 37,000,000 Americans or so (come November) will either leap into or back into this admission. And that is ugly. America’s future is pretty dark.
A few examples.
Group #1 — The FLA bomber, Kanye, Dennis Rodman, Rosanne Barr, Garey Busey,
Group #2 — David Duke, Richard Spencer, Stephen Miller, Duck Dynasty guys, White Christian Evangelicals.
People in those two groups deny being in them. If you think 40 million Americans are willing to acknowledge, they are either crazy or racist I’d take that bet.
It wasn’t clear last time. Now, those two groups embraced him and he them, but you could sell his bullshit. “Drain the Swamp”, “Smaller government.” etc. Now its obvious he was just gas-lighting the shit out of you, and you were gullible if you bought in. But you were not group 1 or 2. A rational person can no longer say “drain the swamp” as his cabinet appointees Scott “Malaria” Pruitt and Ryan “Typhoid” Zinke (amongst others) are the bottom of the swamp. Nor can you call yourself a “fiscal conservative” or preach “smaller government” given the current national debt he’s amassed. I won’t do this all day, but I could.
When I realized the above classifications, I had yet to grasp something else that plays into this. Calling a white man a “racist” evokes a different yet similar response to dropping an N-bomb. Unless you rap for a living most likely using the N-word in many groups will set in motion a few things. The first of which is you looking for your teeth. The reactions that have been greenlighted by its use are often violent.
A year ago, during a nationally televised NFL game, Myles Garrett tore off Mason Rudolf’s helmet and beat him with it. It was savage. Even with the worst violence, an organized activity could accept all around them, his actions stood out. He was immediately suspended indefinitely. He has yet to play since however, Myles Garrett did sign a massive new contract. How can that happen, you ask?
Garrett, an intelligent, respected payer amongst players came out right after and condemned his actions. He didn’t justify his behavior and avoided discussing a rumor that got out immediately.
The end of a Thursday night game between the Steelers and Browns was absolute mayhem. There was a brawl that had players on both teams ejected and resulted in three suspensions. But it was more than that because of the unprecedented action that started the fight.
With five seconds on the clock, and the Browns up 21–7, Cleveland defensive end Myles Garrett ripped the helmet off of Steelers quarterback Mason Rudolph at the end of a play. He then used that helmet as a blunt weapon. He swung it at Rudolph’s head, connected, and started a bench-clearing brawl near the end zone.
Steelers center Maurkice Pouncey punched and kicked a downed Garrett in retaliation. He was joined by his fellow offensive linemen in striking Garrett after he was wrestled to the ground. Then both teams got involved and it got even messier:
Not that it excuses anything, but Garrett’s anger can likely be attributed to Rudolph apparently trying to pull off his helmet prior to the brawl:
All three ejected players faced discipline from the league in the fight’s aftermath. Garrett was suspended indefinitely before being reinstated in February after meeting with league officials. His punishment covered six games and a decent chunk of the offseason.
Ogunjobi was barred for one game. Pouncey was originally suspended for three games, but had that number reduced to two after appealing the decision.
What the Browns said after the game
Speaking to Erin Andrews after the game, Browns quarterback Baker Mayfield was quick to condemn the whole thing.
“I didn’t see why it started, but it’s inexcusable,” Mayfield said. “I don’t care, rivalry or not, we can’t do that. That’s kind of the history of what’s been going on here — hurting yourself — and that’s just endangering the other team. It’s inexcusable. [Garrett] knows that. I hope he does now. It’s tough.”
Mayfield was blunt when saying what it means for Garrett and the Browns going forward.
“The reality is, he’s going to get suspended. We don’t know how long, and that hurts our team. We can’t do that. We can’t continue to hurt this team.”
Browns coach Freddie Kitchens was clearly upset in the postgame press conference.
“It’s not who we want to be at the end of the game,” Kitchens said of the incident. “It’s not who Myles wants to be. That’s not who we’re going to be. You have to be able to maintain your composure in times like that and in no circumstance do we want anything to do with anything like that. I’m embarrassed. Myles is embarrassed. It’s not good. He understands what he did. He understands it’s totally unacceptable.”
Garrett told reporters that he had “no clue” if the Week 11 game was the last time he’d take the field this season.
“I lost my cool, and I regret it,” Garrett said. “I appreciate when my team had my back, but it should have never got to that point.
“What I did was foolish and I shouldn’t allow myself to slip like that.”
He also said he wasn’t going to comment on if Rudolph said anything that sparked his reaction.
“We sincerely apologize to Mason Rudolph and the Pittsburgh Steelers,” Browns owners Dee and Jimmy Haslam said in a statement.” Myles Garrett has been a good teammate and member of our organization and community for the last three years but his actions last night were completely unacceptable. We understand the consequences from the league for his actions.”
-That is some over the top language. How does that incident turn into a mega-contract? A few details had yet to surface. A rumor almost immediately was floating around amongst NFL insiders.
The rumor was Rudolf dropped an N-bomb on Garrett, and other players allegedly heard it. The NFL had to sit Garrett down for the year no matter how he was provoked, he’s a physical freak, and he could kill someone, but if he had that word thrown at him by a white player from Oklahoma State, his reaction was (I guess) somewhat justified. Or at least understandable. Then, Garrett ‘took the high road’ by not going Kaepernick on the NFL. That selfless act and immediately taking public responsibility was enough for the NFL to allow him to ascend back to his deserved stardom.
In today’s NFL if you get arrested for laying hands on a woman before you can have your day in court, you are blackballed. Released. They no longer go soft on non-family behavior. In fact, after Ray Rice, they come down on you like a ton of bricks. This incident was the single worst I’d seen in 40 years of watching football. By a long shot.
Point is, the N word has no equal in today’s society. But there is one word you can say to almost any white person that will end the conversation, make things get very serious and perhaps end friendships. And that is calling them a racist.
For Trump to embrace a group of young, white men carrying tiki torches chanting, “Jews will not replace us” is a racist position to take. If you support admitted racists publically as they preach hate, guess what? That makes you a racist. I didn’t invent English.
- a person who shows or feels discrimination or prejudice against people of other races, or who believes that a particular race is superior to another.
Transitive logic is pretty clear. You either support a racist or you are too stupid to understand you support a racist.
Because you can’t say, the man is “great with the economy” when he shuts it down by shutting down the post office or allows 200,000 Americans to die from an extremely preventable virus.
If 60% of voting Americans are more racist (or crazy) than they are American, then we are done as a country.