I hope the people posting about their support for Trump on Facebook realize that the Internet is forever. If history does indeed repeat itself, and our century’s Nuremberg trials inevitably begin, after President Trump gleefully commits the war crimes, and crimes against humanity, he has already publicly advocated, it is going to be difficult for his followers to play the ignorance card. With modern public discourse playing out across Facebook and Twitter and YouTube, digital spaces backed up and syndicated to an almost infinite degree, it will be all but impossible for those followers to later deny advocating the ascension of such a monster.
After WWII, you’d have been hard pressed to find many German citizens willing to admit to having supported Hitler. Mysteriously, he seems to have risen to power in a vacuum, supported only by a handful of brown-shirted, bloodthirsty thugs, who somehow managed to take over an entire country without popular support, despite the strange and conflicting reality that millions of votes* were required for him to do so. There was no such thing as digital documentation, back then. Certainly not anything like social media, allowing even the least-informed citizens to make public statements about their beliefs. That made plausible deniability actually plausible. Kind of. But not anymore. Trump has very openly supported extreme racism (banning Muslims, calling Mexicans rapists, agreeing with the internment of Japanese American civilians during WWII, etc.) and war crimes (killing the families of terrorists, increasing the illegal use of torture, etc.) across every known media channel. There is no denying this. It’s out there. Documented. Forever. So anyone supporting Trump is also supporting the committing of war crimes and crimes against humanity. There is no way around it. And there will be no way to deny it, later. So you’re out there. Whoever you are. Forever. There is no going back.
The good news for rational adults, and the global community, in general, is that none of Trump’s Hitlerian views will come to fruition, because he is never going to win. If he gets the nomination, the likely result will be a catastrophic defeat both for him, and the Republican party as a whole, as Democratic voters (regardless of who becomes their nominee) show up in record numbers to squash this poisonous bug under the heel of their collective boot. My gut says that this could result in the greatest landslide in the history of American politics. Because for every loud-mouthed, knuckle-dragging vitriol-spewing Trump supporter getting wildly disproportionate and disturbingly glamorized media coverage, there are 5, 10, maybe 20 or 30 Democrats who will do whatever it takes to prevent the inauguration of Trump’s fourth reich. So, on top of getting the figurative shit kicked out of them, the problem for Trump’s legion of frothing fans then becomes the fact that everybody knows damn well who they are, and they’ll have to live with the consequences of having campaigned for a psychopathic, racist, KKK-supported, hate-mongering, would-be war criminal for the rest of their lives. That stink will be on them at every dinner party, family function, sporting event and job interview they ever attend. Unless, of course, some giant magnetic meteor flies by and erases all the servers and crashes the Internet, in which case maybe they can get away with denying any involvement. I guess we’ll see.
*Almost 14 million votes, in fact. 37% of the popular vote.