Since Donald Trump emerged from the Republican primaries conservatives have been at each other’s throats accusing one another of the heinous things that used to only be hurled at us from the left.
You voted for Trump and his “Svengali”, Steve Bannon? You are a racist and enabler of the alt-right Neo-Nazis who seek to redefine conservatism. You voted for a dictator, a mentally ill egomaniac, woman-hating narcissist who will destroy this country and maybe even the world. You have betrayed conservatism!
You are #NeverTrump and could never bring yourself to vote for a “fake conservative”? You are a wannabe liberal, a tool of the left being used to bludgeon the right. You’re too blinded by your Trump Derangement Syndrome to look at him objectively. You’ve chosen to believe the selectively edited lies the media dispenses and you’re too arrogant to see that is the choice the conservative movement has made moving forward. You’re a loser and a dupe.
But it isn’t just name-calling that is the problem. To my complete heartbreak I have seen conservatives who have been friends for years end their relationships over the differences in opinion on Trump and all things Trump related.
I have seen conservatives who claim to know what the Gospel of Christ says about salvation and a relationship with Jesus say that anyone who voted for Trump isn’t really a Christian and can’t say they love God.
Seriously? Anyone who believes that one vote in one election cycle is the marker for your entire life and faith in God has a shockingly shallow view of the reason for Christ’s sacrifice.
I have seen conservatives both quietly and with overwrought public statements unfollow and unfriend people they’ve known for years in real life. They will not tolerate even the slightest dissent from the Trump Train and see it as being judged for their own views.
It seems like almost everyone has picked a “side” in this civil war and feels comfortably self-righteous about it. If you land on one side the other, congratulations. You now know what it’s like to be a liberal.
Set aside for the moment, if you can, that she paints the left with a rather broad brush, the picture painted of the right is anything but pretty.