I hate him.
A few weeks ago I posted three words on Facebook: I believe her. Three words.
My good old liberal friend Ruth said right on. Another acquaintance said I don’t, and left it at that.
A woman I know, who is now a former friend, came back with a rant about how I was unfair and how would I like to be falsely accused and how terrible the liberal media was, and so on. Roughly 100 words of hysteria brought on by a simple opinion.
At that point I shrugged it off. Then another friend shot back, highly offended by the former friend’s dismissive tone. Ah well. A flame war had begun. I’ve seen it before, and have been sorely tempted to join in. Still, no big deal.
The woman who shot back happened to mention she had been raped. My heart went out to her, as it does to any woman brave enough to come forward.
My former friend went into overdrive. She piled on the invective, the bitterness, the ignorance. She would not relent.
The woman she attacked is my friend. She has been most supportive of me through some difficult times. She’s part of my support network.
I could not let this verbal assault pass. I told the attacker to knock it off or I would report her.
I have heard nothing from her since.
I hate him. He has used the office of the presidency as a club against anyone and everyone who does not live up to his warped standards. He mocked Dr. Ford before a cheering crowd, and while many were outraged, I was simply surprised he had not done it earlier.
It says very little about our nation that he was elected. There is an excellent chance he will get another four years, and that says even less.
He did not create create bigotry. The racism behind his ascension to power has festered for a long time. He is a symptom of our failure to be decent.
But… he exploited the worst in our country, and he panders to it every day. He works day and night to turn us against each other.
Somewhere in my former friend, a kind and decent person is struggling to get out. I pray for her. I hope she finds a better way. But the man she admires is ruining her humanity.
I hate him. But more than that, I hate the hatred this unleashes in me.