I have no intention of voting for Donald Trump on
November 28 November 8.
Contain your shock.
I know some people are planning to vote for Trump. I have no idea why they would want to do such a thing, but they have their unfathomable reasons, and they’re entitled to their vote. Such is the nature of democracy.
And I know that Trump has said some pretty heinous things – things that could be interpreted as inciting his followers to engage in voter intimidation at the polls. He has said things that indicate he has no respect for the election process. He has said things that we should never accept from any citizen, let alone a candidate for the Presidency of the United States.
If you find Trump’s behavior as deplorable as I do, then you must wag your finger at anybody sharing this meme.
And why? Because this meme is written in such a way that, without much difficulty, a reasonable person could construe it as a threat. I’m not saying it definitely is a threat, but it’s vague enough to fall into that “potentially menacing” zone.
Remember when Donald Trump suggested that the “Second Amendment people” could do something to halt Hillary Clinton’s imaginary crusade against gun rights? Remember how Trump’s ardent defenders said that the comment was not meant to be a threat, and that Trump was merely encouraging gun rights advocates to vote against Hillary Clinton? Even if you accepted that explanation, it must still have stuck somewhere in your intellect that this statement – perhaps by design – carried a threatening undercurrent.
Or maybe you remember when Donald Trump encouraged Russia to engage in cyber-espionage against Hillary Clinton. Again, Trump’s surrogates and disciples rushed to do damage control, but the fact remains: Trump, by his own words and actions, has painted himself as a man who is willing to sink to the lowest of depths in pursuit of his personal ambitions.
We, the people who seek to block Donald Trump from sitting in the Oval Office, must be better than this. When Donald Trump and his supporters go low, we must go high. This meme is not better than Trump. Although the meme carries no face-value threat, it has an unmistakably aggressive tone. It is, in essence, the kind of meme that Trump would encourage his supporters to share. We cannot simultaneously blast everything we hate about Trump while sharing memes like this one. It smacks of hypocrisy.
If you absolutely must share a meme addressed to Trump supporters, try this one instead:
P.S. I know there are some Trump supporters out there just itching to tell me how horrible Clinton is. Secretary Clinton’s merits as a Presidential candidate are not really the topic of this post. Be sure to review my Comment/Troll Policy before proceeding; it will be strictly enforced.