This 2020 election is bringing out the worst in people, that goes without saying. The political turmoil that America faces has been unprecedented in our lifetimes, and perhaps can only be compared to the turbulence of the Civil War and antebellum periods that we learned about in school.
Our nation is tearing itself apart, thanks to the way in which the media has monetized the melee. Angry, scared, and sad Americans make for better television viewers on account of the media’s willingness to exploit our emotional brain chemistry to create addicts out of us.
So, perhaps it should be no surprise that President Donald Trump’s positive COVID-19 diagnosis prompted an enormous number of simply awful sentiments to be shared on Twitter.
“It’s been against my moral identity to tweet this for the past four years, but, I hope he dies,” tweeted Zara Rahim, a former national spokeswoman for Hillary Clinton’s campaign and Obama White House staffer. The tweet was initially highlighted by conservative producer and direction Robby Starbuck. This was just one prominent example of Twitter verified users wishing death on Trump. Some have deleted their comments and others have set their accounts private as a result of backlash.
And that wasn’t all…
“I hope they both die,” wrote California congressional candidate Steve Cox.
“I hope he suffers through this and dies as he’s losing on election night,” tweeted Lisa Curry.
“I hope they die!” tweeted a musical started known as Must Die.
“‘Hypocrite Donald Trump claims to be pro-life, dies,’” wrote the Gravel Institute, which purports to be a leftist response to PragerU.
What an incredibly cruel nation we have become.
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