Donald Trump is apparently responsible for everything that goes wrong in people’s lives, including the heartbreak of psoriasis.
He can even screw up your love life!
We all read magazine pieces and blog posts during the campaign on couples who were fighting because one person backed Trump and the other was hoping for Hillary. And all those pieces about how to survive Thanksgiving when one of your relatives might be crazy enough to be a Trump voter. And fashion designers who expressed their disgust by announcing that they would not provide any outfits for Melania Trump—that one worthy of a New York Times story.
And we all know what happened with “Hamilton.”
Yes, it seems there’s a fertile media market for people speaking out about how Trump’s election has ruined their lives, is ruining the country, and possibly could ruin western civilization. Forget about Taiwan or Carrier or flag-burning, all they have to do is put together a personal rant to win their 15 seconds of fame. Editors are, well, rather receptive.
It helps if you’re already famous. Take Madonna, who at one event offered to sexually service any man who voted for Hillary. Now Billboard magazine quotes its “Woman of the Year” as saying the following about Trump’s victory:
“It felt like someone died. It felt like a combination of the heartbreak and betrayal you feel when someone you love more than anything leaves you, and also a death. I feel that way every morning; I wake up and say, ‘Oh, wait, Donald Trump is still the president,’ and it wasn’t a bad dream that I had. It feels like women betrayed us. The percentage of women who voted for Trump was insanely high.”
Why is that?
“Women hate women,” says the Material Girl.
What other explanation could there be?
But the absolute winner in this blame-Trump has to be Stephanie Land. Never heard of her? Neither has anyone else.
But the Washington Post saw fit to give the Missoula, Mont. woman a platform to spew about the president-elect ... though what she’s saying isn’t exactly clear.
The single mom starts out by saying she was going on as many as six dates a week to try to find a partner. A couple of dudes were emerging as finalists.
But then: “Once it was clear that Donald Trump would be president instead of Hillary Clinton, I felt sick to my stomach. I wanted to gather my children in bed with me and cling to them like we would if thunder and lightning were raging outside, with winds high enough that the power might go out. The world felt that precarious to me.”
So were her potential boyfriends Trump backers? Nah. But one felt “too unfamiliar” and Land wanted to focus on her friends.
“‘I can’t,’ I told him. ‘I just can’t.’ I’ve lost the desire to attempt the courtship phase.”
And that’s it. Poor Stephanie is depressed, so she doesn’t feel like dating, and it’s all Trump’s fault for messing things up. Sad!
I can’t remember when I’ve read a piece so lame.
The New York Times, meanwhile, gives op-ed play to one Christopher Suprun, under the headline: “Why I Will Not Cast My Electoral Vote for Donald Trump.”
He is a Republican elector in Texas, but he now declares he will not cast his vote “for someone who shows daily he is not qualified for the office.”
No one elected Suprun, of course, to exercise his own judgment.
He is supposed to vote for Trump as the candidate who carried his state. So this is a stunt that will have no impact on Trump taking office.
Suprun has lots of grievances. He says Trump lacks foreign policy experience. He quotes Alexander Hamilton. He says that “Mr. Trump goes out of his way to attack the cast of ‘Saturday Night Live’ for bias.” He says GOP electors should unite behind, say, John Kasich, who only won his home state.
With all due respect, who cares what he thinks?
This whining by Trump-haters is becoming a market niche. And it’s getting old.
Howard Kurtz is a Fox News analyst and the host of "MediaBuzz" (Sundays 11 a.m. and 5 p.m. ET). He is the author of five books and is based in Washington. Follow him at @HowardKurtz. Click here for more information on Howard Kurtz.