It was like daylight savings time.
Just as one day it’s suddenly dark an hour earlier, America woke up one day back in 2016 and suddenly realized that the country had split into two parts living in two completely separate parallel universes.
What you heard and what you believed depended almost entirely on what your news sources were with little commonality in the diametrically opposed world views that the news outlets subscribed to.
All this might have been fine if the people on the other side of the divide in these parallel universes had physically relocated to another plane of being, but, unfortunately, here they remain reminding us daily of the great divide.
Thus, we find ourselves today with two polar opposite responses to Donald Trump’s remarks at his Michigan rally yesterday where he attacked that state’s Democratic Governor Gretchen Whitmer — the recent target of a kidnapping and murder attempt by right-wing extremist terrorists masquerading as a patriotic “militia” that was foiled at the last minute by the FBI.
Trump ignored any lessons that any intelligent person would learn after contracting COVID-19 to demand that Governor Whitmer rescind the health regulations put in place to fight the pandemic and led the crowd in chants of “Lock her up!”
The President mentions the Governor of Michigan, the crowd chants lock her up, and the President says lock them all up pic.twitter.com/9wuB7blnoP
— Acyn Torabi (@Acyn) October 17, 2020
Those of us still living in the universe that existed before Trump took office and enabled the divided realities, naturally recoiled at the festival of hatred and stupidity that the president presided over at his Michigan rally, an event he duplicated later Saturday evening in another battleground state, Wisconsin.
The target of the vitriol conducted by the president responded as any rational pre-Trumpian individual would be expected to: by accusing Donald Trump of trying to again incite the type of domestic terrorism that emboldened the plot against her by his armed admirers.
“It’s incredibly disturbing that the president of the United States, 10 days after a plot to kidnap, put me on trial, and execute me … is at it again … inciting this kind of domestic terrorism,” Governor Whitmer said this morning on NBC’s Face the Nation.
“It is dangerous, not just for me and my family, but for public servants everywhere who are doing their jobs and trying to protect their fellow Americans. People of good will on both sides of the aisle need to step up and call this out and bring the heat down,” she continued. “This is the United States of America. We do not tolerate actions like he is giving comfort to. And that’s why we all have to be in this together.”
Whitmer was puzzled by the anger at her state’s pandemic regulations since the state hasn’t been under a stay-at-home order in months, likely one of the reasons that the has seen a 44% increase in coronavirus cases in the past two weeks as the pandemic surges in areas where social distancing and face mask use haven’t been universally practiced, primarily among those who live in the same fact and science-challenged alternative universe that the president dwells within.
The Democratic governor accused Trump of encouraging violence at least in part to distract from the colossal failure that the federal government’s coordination of the response to the pandemic has been.
“The Trump virus response is the worst in the globe. I mean, in the world, it’s the worst. Eight million people have been, have contracted COVID-19, 220,000 dead. We’ve got people in food pantry lines who never would have imagined that they’d be there. And no light on the horizon because our numbers keep going up,” Governor Whitmer said.
Whitmer knows that in her reality the only way to beat the COVID-19 pandemic and improve the conditions of Americans suffering from its consequences is to initiate a total change in leadership at the federal level.
“If you’re tired of lockdowns or you’re tired of wearing masks or you wish you were in church this morning or watching college football or your kids were in-person instruction, it is time for a change in this country, and that’s why we’ve got to elect Joe Biden,” the governor declared.
Whitmer: The “Trump virus response is the worst … in the world." pic.twitter.com/8pCmRXU0Pn
— Meet the Press (@MeetThePress) October 18, 2020
You see, in the universe that Governor Whitmer, Joe Biden, Kamal Harris, and the majority of U.S. citizens reside in, it is Donald Trump who is the one who deserves to be met with chants of “Lock him up!”
Let’s hope that by the time Daylight saving time takes effect this year, just two days before election day, the parallel universes can be reunited with a turn back of the clocks to a time before Donald Trump hijacked America’s political process and its zeitgeist.
Going back four years is preferable to the centuries of regression that will occur if Donald Trump wins a second term.
Vote for Biden to go back to the future.
Original reporting by Zack Budryk at The Hill.
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Vinnie Longobardo is a 35-year veteran of the TV, mobile & internet industries, specializing in start-ups and the international media business. His passions are politics, music and art.