On the same day that Twitter suspended Trump for 12 hours, I logged on for the first time in months. Feels kind of ironic.
I’ve had a Twitter account forever, but rarely use it. You wouldn’t know this if you looked at my Tweet count (1,389), but that’s only because I set up automatic blog cross-posting years ago, which means that every few days I have a new Tweet. Today, I found replies, comments, and re-Tweets of posts dating back over a year. Err…sorry, guys! Twitter has never been my thing.
But today it was my thing. As news of the stunning coup-in-progress unfolded, I turned to the social media platform that is hands-down the best for up-to-the-minute news and information…and rediscovered how much I like it there. Unlike Facebook, which I have also largely abandoned except for blog cross-posts, Twitter is far more informative. I won’t say it’s any less emotionally driven, but at least I’m reading opinions from political leaders and intelligent celebrities like Edward Norton and Zach Braff, rather than diatribes from my Cousin Eddie.
(I don’t actually have a Cousin Eddie, though I do have relatives similar to Cousin Eddie.)
I’ve gone through brief Twitter phases before, but they never last. I think I’ll give it another go, at least for awhile. I even downloaded an app for my phone (and paid $5.99 for it in an attempt to motivate me). We’ll see how long this lasts.
Today sucked; the constant coupscrolling on Twitter killed my productivity at work, but I was obsessed with refreshing my screen every few minutes to check in on the state of democracy. But, it was also full of promise and hope. Such a weird dichotomy. I am thrilled that Warnock and Ossoff won Georgia, handing the Democrats control of the Senate as well as the House, but holy shit, storming the Capitol is absolutely the last straw. Donald J. Trump incited a coup; there is no other way to describe his actions. He’s long been a menace to democracy, but now he’s got blood on his hands and has to go. Impeach his ass, invoke the 25th Amendment, I don’t care; he is imperiling this country by inciting his misguided MAGA followers and turning it into a banana republic. When will the madness stop? How many more lives will be lost? There were fucking nooses outside the White House. If that doesn’t piss you off, something is wrong.
I know he’s only got two weeks left in office. Doesn’t matter. If he’s impeached, he can’t ever run for office again, and my god…the thought of that imbecile launching a 2024 bid makes me sick to my stomach.
I am ashamed for ever watching The Apprentice back in the day.
I have a couple of friends on Facebook who posted this afternoon asking their Trump-supporting friends or family to please unfriend them. I totally understand their motivation, but I won’t do that. I would love to hear how anybody in their right mind can still stand by and defend this moron. Keep your friends close and your enemies closer, right? Naturally, not a single friend who supports Trump had the balls to post an update today. Shame on them if they had, I suppose. This is the end of the Republican party as we knew it, so I don’t really blame them.
Anyway. I’m an optimist at heart, as evidenced by a text exchange with my wife this afternoon. After the initial shock of the storming-the-capitol wore off, I told her,
This moment will pass, and when the dust settles, we will have the House, Senate, and a caring President who will get shit done! Great times are ahead.
I believe that, and I hope you do, too.