Even before D.J. Trump floated down on his golden chariot (aka escalator) to announce his candidacy for POTUS, he had followers who idolized him. Since he was elected POTUS in 2016, his base,–as journalists and TV commentators call Trump’s supporters—repeatedly praise their dear leader, believe and repeat his lies or at best half-truths. That base of millions of Americans are, in my mind, acting like members of a cult. Like cult members, POTUS people can see no wrong, hear no wrong, and speak no wrong about their dear leader and his administration. They don’t bother to check for proven truths, which in many cases can be done with a little research in such sources as The New York Times (known as the “newspaper of record”), The Washington Post and even recent editions of Encyclopedia Britannica.
What concerns me most, is the bigoted, racist, homophobic, anti-Semitic, and nativist comments and images of Trump that POTUS people release on a daily basis. Or there’s the hypocrisy of evangelistic POTUS people who support a man who admits to grabbing pussy, cheating on all of his wives, paying a porn star for sex, refusing to pay workers for their labor or services…the list goes on and on. All of this is so irritating and disgusting that I can hardly watch any TV news that features Trump and his adoring followers. So I turn to writing a blog or e-mailing a book proposal or reading a good novel or drinking a bourbon and water—or all of the above.
One way I can take in information about POTUS people and their leader is through humor, often displayed on the Internet with mocking cartoons or magazine covers like the one above showing Trump as a clown in the woods. If I were a satirist or humor writer, I’d take a stab at that genre. But I happen to be an author of nonfiction (FACTUAL) books for young people. Can’t help it, that’s my “thing.” My published work does not include a book about a lying, cheating POTUS. I don’t think I could write it, but I have written about Bigotry and Intolerance: The Ultimate Teen Guide; Religion and Spirituality in America: The Ultimate Teen Guide; Communes and Cults; Church and State, among many others. I encourage kids to read them.