The compiled video * of lunch counter civil rights protesters being assaulted in North Carolina and Mississippi in the 1960s, now “narrated” by actual audio of Donald Trump speaking about protests at his own rallies, has almost certainly cleared 10 million views by now, and the responses are predictable:
- Many of those who are already outraged by Trump find reinforcement for their outrage.
- Many of those who endorse what Trump says find the video amusing.
We are entrenched.
We are beyond any point of return or compromise.
Unlike the lead-up to most elections, there is very little element of “undecided” about how we approach the Republican soon-to-be-nominee. **
I do not plan to explore the video or any of Trump’s comments, all of which I believe speak for themselves and find their own audiences.
But daily, I am reminded that however one responds to what Donald Trump says or does or offers up to his followers, he is exposing a base of people who, for one or more reasons, believe he should – must – lead our nation over at least the next four years precisely because of something he has said or done or promises to do.
All the predictions that Trump’s popularity would fizzle – those predictions have fizzled.
All the experts who dismissed his chances – we can dismiss those experts.
What we cannot dismiss is that as of June 8, 2016, more than 13,330,000 American citizens – registered voters – have expressed their support for Donald Trump, have endorsed what he has said – or what he has done – or what he proposes to do – or how he proposes to deal with our fellow immigrants, or our foreign allies, or our enemies.
Every one of those voters envisions Donald Trump taking the oath of office on the west steps of the Capitol on Friday, Jan. 20, 2017, because they believe he would best represent their ideals.
* This video was first posted on You Tube by Marianne DeMarco. It is called “The Good Old Days,” and features music by Ken McLeod. It was widely circulated by Mother Jones, on the magazine’s Facebook page.
** The Republican convention is scheduled for July 18-21, 2016, to be held at the Quicken Loans Arena in Cleveland, Ohio.