Friday, October 7, 2016 has just become another American cultural moment that many people will remember as a, “I remember exactly what I was doing when I found out,” moment upon hearing of Donald J. Trump’s boasting of sexual assault as reported by David Farenthold of The Washington Post.
In what may be the final reveal in this horror-show of actual and not TV reality, we will be watching the final downfall of Trump, the unspooling of the Republican Party, and a struggle between two opposing crowds in real-time. The crowds of emotion and the crowd of thought.
Emotion is the crowd that begets mobs. Thought is the crowd that figures out the psychology of mobs and calmly points out that mobs are incredibly unpredictable in the amount of death and destruction they wreak upon participants and bystanders alike.
By his very well-documented actions, it’s clear that Trump sees two United States. Trump’s United States is run by white men with power and money, and where rape culture, misogyny, sexism, institutionalized racism, xenophobia, and theocratic belief systems set policy, and the United States the rest of us live in is where anyone, regardless of who or what they are, where they came from, or what they believe in have the right and the potential to lead and they set policy using facts, data, and informed opinion.
Every bad seed planted with talk of, “rigged election,” “dishonest media,” and “I’m the only one that can fix things,” is about to be reaped to feed whatever-sized mob appears to defend him. What happens next depends on the size of that mob.
If it’s small, it’ll be relegated to the league of chronic viral infections that includes chemtrail and false-flag conspiracists. If it’s large enough, we’ll get white guys with guns in a primal scream over having a woman in charge after being made the fool.
No matter the outcome, it’s possible he’s done a true service to our country by his unwitting jesterhood. By becoming the newest apex of anti-intellectualism, he’s become the fulcrum upon which the destiny of our country will now teeter. He seems to be forcing just about every corner of the nation to confront the darker angels of their own thoughts about the cultural issues raised by his campaign.
A weird year is about to get a whole lot weirder and I suspect we’ll have a few more of these moments. Buckle up.