Donald Trump is all things Internet. You do not have to search for him; he’s there. I have more Donald Trump feeds on a daily basis than my twelve narcissistic Facebook serial posters. He has taken over my Twitter, he’s in my email, conversations at the workplace, on my television, and in my conversations at home. He has even made it to my dreams and I woke up one day feeling really bad and nervous.
He’s so polarizing that we as onlookers are sharing, tweeting, and re-tweeting out of disbelief, fear, or pride. I am not sure if this is a testament to how brilliant his campaign strategists are or we just can’t understand how he got this far in the race. Regardless, we’re doing the work for his campaign by giving him plenty of visibility. I don’t ever remember so much fear and entertainment about the possibility of one man becoming president.
There are regular comparisons of Trump to Hitler. There is rhetoric about America’s rise to authoritarianism and people threatening to defect to Canada. Folks are really scared. They fear a reduction in social programs, are petrified about immigration and deportation programs, and health care. They predict the US will be submerged in another war due to his lack of tact, diplomacy and foreign affairs experience. People are friending and unfriending each other based on their political preferences.
Hollywood and reality shows can’t compete with the entertainment that Trump is bringing. Whether we are for or against him, he is a movie and we are all watching.