I’ve heard this from a lot of people in a lot of places, so maybe there’s something to it.
Trump is a horrible president. He not only won the office, but has been a sore winner from day one. Of all the people elected to the presidency, he has to be the most unpleasant of any man to step into the Oval Office. Instead of taking this “honeymoon period” as an opportunity to try to make a few friends, maybe win over a couple of disaffected Democrats, he broke out of the gate hating everyone. From day one, he has been spiteful, nasty, bigoted, and thoroughly ill-tempered. Some people think he’s mentally ill, but regardless, he is extremely disagreeable. Any of us who hoped he might not turn out to be as bad as we thought … well, we sure were wrong about that!
He has been as bad as we feared — and worse. Every day in every way, he has been our political nightmare come to life.
Which may be the upside of his presidency. The awfulness of these months or years may be what finally blows the door off our proverbial electoral wall, getting people actively involved in politics and trying to make the world a genuinely better place.
Suddenly, after many a long year, people are out in the world. Demonstrating. Getting involved. Active. For the first time in 50 years, I’m seeing younger people waking up from their stupor and paying attention.
Is Trump horrible? You betcha. But maybe he was the smack in the gob we needed to get our act together.