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WRECKER: What If Liking Trump Becomes Cool?

Ryan Wrecker
July 23, 2018 - 10:00 am

I can’t keep up, but who can. There’s an endless amount of hate for President Trump from celebrities ranging from current to “didn’t even know were still alive.”  At some point, the scales have to tip the other way, right?

In an interview with the Harvard Gazette, author Professor Francesca Gino describes the spirit of the book, “Never Trust a Skinny Italian Chef.”  I’ve know many great Italian families, and nothing could be more true.  But her broader point is more important.  The author took traditional meals and made them his own in a constructive way, not a destructive or condemning way.  There’s an important distinction.

In 2018, we could say, “Never Trust a Hollywood Trump Basher.”  My point is that Trump Derangement Syndrome is real. After 2016, political conversation shifted much further away from ideas and moved closer towards the caricature of Trump - that was also drawn by his critics. 

When any celebrity comes out with even a small amount of support for something the President has done, they’re immediately pushed away and ostracized.  So what happens when so many tell “rebels” what to think?  They lean into it.  Enter Johnny Rotten.  Watch the video: https://youtu.be/TQqdxQQ5Xtw 

John Lydon lead the Sex Pistols, a punk band from the 70’s, would understand the mindset of a rebel.  When he came out to defend Donald Trump, he did so in a constructive way, rather than take the cue from so many others who are only motivated to be destructive or condemning. 

Same thing with Kanye West a few months ago.  Video: https://youtu.be/s_M4LkYra5k 

What happens if more celebs catch on?  Could it become cool to like Trump?  Probably not, but it makes me want to wear a red hat just to see people's reaction. My wife won’t let me. It’s probably for the best.