You take social media, a vastly growing number of millennials that are becoming more socially aware of inequality and civil discrepancies that have been strategically implemented in America for decades, and add the likes of Donald Trump to the recipe and you’ve got, literally, the perfect storm.
He’s the perfect concoction of “You Can’t Be F*cking Serious” and “Dear God, Is This Real Life?” He’s the quintessential candidate manufactured to fit exactly what millennials can absolutely loathe and use as a model of what’s wrong with America. But more than that, Donald Trump is proving how easy it is for someone in the public eye to stir the pot, create a specific name for themselves, and grow notoriety based on an ideology regardless of who they offend and how they do it.
It’s already been established: most open-minded, free thinking, quasi-liberal opinionated people absolutely can’t stand Donald Trump. And apparently that’s okay. It’s almost orchestrated as if his newfound identity was on his to-do list. So like almost everything else in society, a mass of sorts has formed that is totally at odds against him and against those that think like him. It’s as if the powers behind his success are simply using the tools that are available in the year 2015.
His hatred and opposition can be seen on every media outlet imaginable and with plenty of high profile celebrities to affirm it. From MTV to night show hosts, the disapprove and even satirical reproach is very present and the social antinomy for the man is real and justified. But why should it be this easy?
From Kanye West to Paula Deen, we have an uncanny ability to call people out on their bullshit, assign them as “bad guys”, and leave them out to dry. There is no one person that needs to tell humanity how to isolate the assigned “bad guy”. We do that just fine. I find it interesting in today’s time how easy it is to be the villain. Ask Michael Vick. Ask Bill Cosby. Hell, ask Nick Saban when his name is brought up around Dolphin fans.
But what these individuals have in common is that at some point in time, even if to a small group of people, they were heroes to some capacity and in many ways they still are. Sure, the aforementioned all did things that can be seen as dishonorable, some worse than others. But for how long they stay in obscurity and under what circumstances is left up to the masses. And that’s not good.
I do believe people can bring things on themselves and that certain behaviors shouldn’t go unnoticed. But I think it is telling how easy it is to appoint and label the villains in society and how there’s little to no chance of removing that title no matter how hard they work to redeem themselves.
I say all that to say hating Donald Trump for the obvious reasons is the easy thing to do. It’s what anybody would do. It’s what’s supposed to happen. But I’m not buying it.
Let me make it clear that I am not a supporter of Donal Trump. But what concerns me most about his elaborate presidential campaign is how quick and deliberate we hate him, and by we I mean almost anyone that’s not a supporter of him. The adage is true: you either hate him or love him. It seems that Trump’s most successful tactic in his campaign is rubbing people the wrong way and saying things that most people don’t even think to say. He is the indisputable antagonist for the millennial generation and his timing couldn’t have been any better.
In a time where “Black Lives Matter!” is the cry of the oppressed, accompanied with “Love Wins!” from both same sex couples and hetero-relationships alike, it seems almost too timely that a public figure on a such scale as Donald Trump’s would make a run at leading the nation of the very people he seems to be in direct opposition of.
I’m not giving anyone my OK to hate him, but I do think we as a society need to be very careful about what emotions we attribute to public figures and why. I choose to see Trump’s presence for what it is: very, very interesting. And as if the United States were an oversized DC Universe, along comes Bernie Sanders who’s timing, also, couldn’t be better.
Bernie Sanders is turning out to be the political “Messiah” for millennials specifically. With his objectives of free college tuition, prison reform, and deconstruction of corporate structures that gain from the rigors of the middle class, he is, quite literally, the Kal-El to Donald Trump’s General Zod.
Only time will tell how these two fare, but you can bet the scales of social ideologies of either party will become more extreme and opposing view points more polarizing. I, for one, plan to continue to keep my ear to the ground and choose my opinions very carefully. After all, it’s only a matter of time before I’ll be labeled as the nation’s villain for one reason or another. *insert wry smile*
Image:Donald Trump speaking at CPAC 2011
By: Gage Skidmore