Gone were the days (not so gone) when Donald Trump broke your faith in humanity, he’s now breaking friendships. In my case, politics is never a hot topic amongst my friends. Although unspoken, we know what we stand for. However, what do you do when you can’t agree with someone’s standpoint?
Picture a hot summer day; the barbecue is out, the alcohol is à volonté and the conversations are flowing better than your interior pool. Wait, what’s that?! Your friend utters those 3 wretched words – “I support Trump”. WAAAAAAAAAAHHH! Dead silence.
Is this not a deal breaker? Your friend is basically validating someone that bolsters hate in the form of racism, misogyny and homophobia. Not to mention that he dabbles into the Woody Allen type of creepy. Allow me to refresh your memory with a direct quote from Trump – “I’ve said if Ivanka weren’t my daughter, perhaps I’d be dating her.” Sure, we live in a country that promotes freedom of expression. However, we also live in a country where people are fighting for unity. When someone says that they’ll be voting for Trump, I see them hindering that progress. They are standing alongside a man who is going backwards instead of forward. We hope that future generations won’t have to worry about a target on their back due to something they cannot control (race, gender, sexual identity, religious belief, etc). So, I’m just not so sure that the next time a friend rallies behind Donald Trump that I’d be able to look passed that. It’s not simply because our politics differ, it would be that our values do also.
This isn’t as simple as “Should we end our friendship because you support Trump?”; there’s a bigger question to be asked. Basically, is this friend against inclusivity? I get it, it’s a complex subject, maybe overly dramatic for some because at the end of the day, everyone’s different. If we start filtering everything based on views, would we end up alone? Where do you stand on this?