In a few hours, Donald Trump will be sworn in as the 45th president of the United States of America.
This country is at a level of divisiveness that I’ve never experienced before in my lifetime. As of right now, there are more than four dozen Democratic members of Congress who plan to skip inauguration. Scores of musicians outright refused to perform.
The presidential inauguration is a time honored American tradition. The non-participation of so many is a jarring sign of just how far our democracy has fallen.
While every person has the right to their own opinion, I don’t agree with the general tone of disrespect that has been directed toward Trump. As a member of the Democratic party who voted for Barack Obama twice but did not vote for Hillary Clinton or Trump in last year’s election, I can say with certainty that there is a major campaign on behalf of Hollywood and the mass media to delegitimize Trump’s presidency and discredit anyone whose views don’t fall in line with the current narrative being spun.
For further proof of this all you need to do is look at the recent examples of actress Nicole Kidman and singer Jennifer Holliday.
Holliday had agreed to perform at Trump’s inauguration, but backed out citing complaints she received from the LGBT community. Since then it’s been reported by TMZ that her family received death threats. Apparently, performing for Trump makes you a prime candidate for murder.
During a Jan. 10 interview on BBC, Kidman made the following statement: “[Trump is] now elected and we, as a country, need to support whoever is the president. That is what the country is based on. And however that happened, he’s there, and let’s go.”
Her comments were not in direct support of Trump by any means, but she was still ripped to shreds by the general public. The backlash got so intense that Kidman felt the need to do a follow-up interview on Access Hollywood to clarify herself.
Despite this fact, shortly after her statements, “news” came out questioning Kidman’s sanity. Indeed, a few days after the BBC interview, “reports” emerged that Kidman exhibited bizarre behavior at the Golden Globe awards, which took place over a week prior, on January 8.
Members of the Black community harshly criticized rapper Kanye West and radio/talk personality Steve Harvey following their recent visits to Trump Tower. The 2017 Golden Globe awards was essentially a broadcast devoted to bashing Trump. The Daily Show host Trevor Noah routinely bashes Trump to the point where you’d believe he’s being paid by an anti-Trump organization. It’s no coincidence that the hit ABC show Black-ish aired an episode focusing on Trump’s presidential win a week before his inauguration.
Is this what America has come to?
Those who dare go slightly out of the ideological boundaries set by mass media are shunned, harassed and destroyed. If we’ve learned something in the past year is that one of mass media’s boundaries is: “Do not show any kind of support for Trump”. But things are getting worse. The boundary is now: “Do not even acknowledge democracy”.
My advice to anyone reading this is to not let the media dictate how you go about treating people whose political views differ from your own. Do your own research and take out the time to listen to others. Just because someone’s views differ from your own doesn’t mean there isn’t some common ground for you both to stand on.
I encourage you to pray during these times of heightened emotions. Ask God to give you a discerning spirit so that you will be able to distinguish truth from fiction. I do not put my faith in any cable news outlet because the only thing they care about is ratings. Most important, pray for Trump’s administration. Ask God to grant them the necessary wisdom to guide our country in the right direction. Ask God to give them hearts of compassion and understanding. I believe that effective, fervent prayer can change any situation no matter how bleak it seems.
Trump may not have the verbal decorum of a typical president and, yes, he does tweet a little too much, but at the end of the day he’s still my president. I’ll respect him regardless of the image the mass media wishes to portray.