I avoid writing about politics and religion.
Presently, as a USA expat, the question I am asked more than any other: “what about this Trump for President?”
Megalomaniacs making sweeping generalities and ludicrous statements now work their way into my life. The scariest part is not this megalomaniac- we’ve all been to the circus, rubber-necked for a car accident- it’s the enablers, the providers of the platform, the audience that encourages the givers to give the airtime.
I live 6,000 miles from the USA, yet ‘what about what Trump said’ is now a daily question. Imagine the confusion of those in other countries, seeing a US Presidential candidate make sweeping generalizations about people based on their beliefs.
It’s come to that, the attention seeker with the megaphone stereotypes, as a result I am stereotyped until I clarify my view.
The USA became a great country by being a place for everyone, anyone. Trump proves it truly is a place for anyone, even the most challenging.
Tomorrow I will wake and wonder if what I see on the BBC is a parody, or if what I read is a headline from the Onion. It won’t be, and I won’t be able to reconcile the statements heard and read with the country I want to believe in.