Editor’s Note: You know, I had it originally as six months, but then as I was clicking “publish” the first time, I thought it had to be seven since it is July. But it really has only been six months. Good grief.
It has only been six months since President Trump became President. It feels like an eternity of bickering, never ending fighting, media retracting stories, the Trump team screwing up stories, and the President waging constant battles on Twitter.
I do this for a living and I am exhausted by it. I find myself tuning out of the constant rage on Twitter — more often tweeting and only viewing replies from people I follow. A website that once had the great potential to build community has instead turned good people terrible. Twitter brings out the worst in us all and the constant news cycle only makes it worse.
I find myself taking breaks to take pictures or cook or just go for a walk. I do this for a living. I have a radio show in the evenings. I am on TV. This is my work. And I can’t stand it any more.
I can only imagine what non-political people feel.
And that is why I think so much of it does not matter. Polling shows that the President is doing fine in counties that voted for him. He is doing terrible in counties that oppose him. Many of the people who were convinced he could never win are now convinced he cannot remain in office. I got the election wrong and at least have some measure of self-restraint to realize I do not know what the hell is going on anymore.
What I do know is that it is tiring. It is disappointing in so many ways to see so many people at each other’s throats when they used to be friends. It wears on the soul to say something nice about the President and be yelled out for selling out then to say something critical and be yelled at for never accepting his win. Say what you think at the Twitterati are convinced there is an ulterior motive that only they are smart enough to deduce.
My suspicion is that more and more Americans are tuning out of the political process right now. They will probably re-engage when the election season rolls around. But President Trump got sworn in on January 20th of this year and we are only to July. But everyone is already talking about 2018, what it means, what it does not mean, and what will happen. Last year should assure us all that we do not really know. We should also remind ourselves that only around 25% of the country regularly uses Twitter.
Most new presidencies find a rhythm and stride by July of their first year. They all make mistakes. They all have missteps. But they eventually find their groove. This presidency shows no signs of doing that and this new normal is something from which I would rather move on. It is, however, here to stay. We have more than a year of this before we even have a mid-term election.
It feels like an eternity.