Today, I witnessed something I’ve never seen before, and something that horrified me.
I walked into our news control room at work as the satellite feeds were all set up on a vacant podium in the lobby of Trump Tower.
We were a few pages* into the newscast when Trump walked out and prepared to speak.
The reaction in the room was one of collective disgust, fear, and anger.
The fact that we have a “leader” that can universally invoke that is just staggering.
I’m flabbergasted that he’s now claiming the “alt-left” is a thing, and a very harmful one at that. Strange that this alt-left didn’t exist until a tweet today, as far as I know, while the alt-right was well established and documented from well prior to Trump’s being elected.
I made some very dire and horrible predictions when Trump was being elected. They aren’t exactly mirror image accurate, but there are some horrifying parallels being drawn. Communities are being turned against each other down political, socioeconomic, and racial lines, while Trump taunts a very irresponsible up and coming nuclear war machine in North Korea. The upward distribution of wealth out of middle and lower class communities continues to suck harder every day, causing stock market indicators to soar into the green… A false indication of prosperity while everything stagnates.
Where I work, most of the staff are long time veterans. They’ve seen a lot happen around them… Miami burning in the 80s, the Gulf wars in the 90s, Hurricane Andrew, face-eating zombies in Miami, you name it…
Nobody could recall ever seeing this same universal reaction of disgust at anyone or anything.
That’s a new, horrible accomplishment.
*Though the scripts are electronic nowadays and only usually exist within the teleprompter or an iPad, they are still arranged as “pages”. It works, that’s all I know….