Amanda Marcotte is a writer for Salon and seriously hates President Donald Trump. She is, after all, the author of a book that is entitled “Troll Nation: How the Right Became Trump Worshipping Monsters Set on Rat F-cking Liberals, America, and Truth Itself.” Trump, in fact, is so evil that he has managed to ruin Christmas for Ms. Marcotte.
In a recent article in Salon, Marcotte wrote how Christmas, a holiday that used to have a little meaning for her even though she’s an atheist, has turned to ashes because of President Donald Trump and those who support him.
“This isn’t a matter of political differences that can be set aside for the sake of the holiday. This is about not being able to make merry with people who think nothing of voting for a man who is on tape bragging about sexual assault, a man who cheats in elections and runs concentration camps on the border.”
The idea of swearing off Christmas because of a politician is something new in American life. One cannot find any instance in American history in which conservatives thought the holiday was a lie because of Obama or Clinton or even liberals thought the same because of Reagan or either President named Bush. Apparently, up until Trump, people were able to forget politics for at least one day, exchange gifts under the tree, sing carols, eat a big meal, and maybe even attend church and remember the birth of a baby over 2,000 years ago who grew up to found a major religion.
The constant comparisons of Trump (and virtually any other Republican president) to Hitler are tiresome. But one is hard-pressed to find an instance of people who resisted the actual Hitler, living under Nazi oppression in the Third Reich, sweating off Christmas. Indeed, one suspects that Christian opponents of Nazism found the holiday a balm for their suffering as they awaited liberation by allied forces.
Marcotte seems to be more irate at her friends and relatives who do not see Trump as a monster, but rather as a great man who is liberating them from the oppression of people like her. “It seems a little silly to make a big thing out of a holiday that just reminds me how my own family and so many other people in America have been sucked up into the Trump cult.” She is referring to her own mother and her family back in Texas, who do not share her hotter than a thousand suns hatred of President Trump and all of his works.
Naturally, Marcotte’s article has already gotten some push back. Newsbusters, for example, compares her to the Grinch. “Though is Marcotte really so heartless that she would tear down the most wonderful day of the year because of a politician? Sort of. She’s no fan of Christianity anyway, so it didn’t take much for her to dismiss the day of Jesus’ birth. Trump is a scapegoat.”
Marcotte is having none of it. Like many aggrieved person of any political persuasion, she took to Twitter.
“For instance, one outlet simply called me a ‘grinch’ and argued that I should simply overlook the deep sadness that is watching family members embrace a president who is a fascist and a racist. Their argument is that liberals should simply ignore what’s going on.”
Marcotte does not conceive of the idea that many people do not consider Trump either a fascist or a racist. She went on to tweet that Trump supporters “know” they did something terrible by voting for the current president and are just trying to assuage their guilt by turning it back on liberals like her. One would like to interview her mother and other relatives back in Texas to get their perspective. One suspects that they may feel more confusion about the fury coming from their northeastern, liberal, atheist relative than shame over their political choices.
Ironically, in the same piece in which she adjures Christmas in the Trump era, Marcotte denies that liberals are waging a war on Christmas. The War on Christmas, as many know, ranges from scolds who demand that we do not wish one another a “Merry Christmas” to those who want to drive symbols of the holiday from the public square. Marcotte believes that the War on Christmas is a canard cooked up by Fox News even as public schools replace Christmas pageants with “Winter Festivals.”
Newsbusters notes, “You’re a mean one, Ms. Grinch.”