“The concept of global warming was created by and for the Chinese in order to make U.S. manufacturing non-competitive.” —Twitter, 2012
“There has to be some form of punishment” [for women who seek abortions] — MSNBC forum, 2016
“Well, someone’s doing the raping, Don! I mean, somebody’s doing it. Who’s doing the raping? Who’s doing the raping?” — responding to questions about his comments regarding Latino immigrants and rape, “CNN Tonight” , 2015
By an accident of chance or providential deliverance, the real estate mogul turned presidential candidate has fortunately decided to latch onto the skin of the Republican Party like a parasitic ringworm. Yet rather than cause an infection which was absent before his invasion, Trump has merely exposed a multitude of infections which have been festering within the biochemistry of the GOP for decades. Without question, all of the following diseases are communicable and have existed within the Democratic Party throughout it’s tenure; but the presence of racism, white supremacy, elitism, materialism, nationalism, militarism, religious fundamentalism, patriarchy, greed, environmental degradation, and anti-intellectual self righteousness have been, over the past 75 years, far more prevalent within the GOP.
Rather than mask this perverse condition from plain sight- as Republicans have been trained and accustomed to do for years- Trump has forced these infections to bubble to the surface like ejaculating spurts of puss.
To employ another metaphor from the world of medicine, Trump has been like hydrogen peroxide to the Republican Party. As an antiseptic his idiotic outbursts and outrageous sound bites have actually served to undermine the bacteria of these isms by further dismantling their cell walls. Trump’s campaign, in all of its lewdness and imbecility, has worked in a similar way that the process of oxidation works: that is to say, because the GOP’s oxygen atoms, i.e., it’s legit status as a party of real ideas and practical solutions, is incredibly reactive, they are forced to attract, or steal, ideas and answers from other parties. With fewer ideas of their own, the bacteria cells’ walls become damaged or even completely break apart. This decay and dissolution has been going on for some time; but like hydrogen peroxide, Trump’s explosive rhetoric has forced all of the infection to come out at once into the fresh air of public scrutiny.
Consequently, if you are a Republican today, it is impossible to remain neutral. You are either for Trump or against Trump. This declaration of conscience is the same as being either for women’s rights or against women’s rights, or being for Latinos or against them. These are truly either or decisions. Trump’s uncontrollable mouth and impetuous tweets have forced every card carrying member of Lincoln’s lost party to make a stand in front of the world. Trump has made it impossible for Republicans to stay quiet.
Tragically, hydrogen peroxide’s oxidation also destroys healthy skin cells. Regardless of his intended audience, the inherently toxic nature of Trump’s positions causes damage to everyone who comes into contact with them. Each time the billionaire tycoon demeans a person of color, he is inducing a certain sickness into our citizenry. Each time he belittles a disabled person and objectifies women and girls, our nation’s immune system is weakened a little bit more. This is why hydrogen peroxide should not be used to clean wounds; it has been found to slow the healing process and possibly worsen scarring by killing the healthy cells surrounding a cut. What has been healing for the Republicans, has turned out to have a poisoning effect on the general population.
Oddly enough, despite its negative effect on healthy cells, our bodies’ cells naturally produce hydrogen peroxide when we metabolize food and turn it into energy. If I may carry this metaphor as far as it can possibly go, perhaps one of the most important and lasting questions from the 2016 election will be: How can a cell produce something that can destroy its own walls?