How to Cope with Trump-Era Depression

If you care about animals, people, and the planet, you’ve likely battled feelings of depression during the Trump presidency. His cruelty, immaturity, lying, law-breaking, and harmful policies invade our daily routines and shock us every day. Every headline makes our heart race, and we feel sick that he remains in office.

We wonder what happened to our fellow Americans that they would elevate such a bad person to a position of power. We thought we shared a common set of values with Republicans and could at least agree that Trump’s sociopathic behavior, sordid past, and lack of experience would disqualify him from office. We wonder how Republicans continue to support someone who is so antithetical to all that is good in our country. We worry they don’t realize they’re being hoodwinked and we worry about the future.

The psychological impact of Trump’s presidency is real and lasting. Many of his actions are unprecedented in modern presidential history. And Trump’s gaslighting is enough to cause anyone to feel like we’re losing control of our democracy. Psychologists have referred to the feelings that result from this presidency as “Trump Anxiety Disorder.” It can lead to increased blood pressure, depression, and chronic health problems. For that reason, it’s important to keep perspective and take care. If you’re tired of feeling sick over Trump’s actions, these friendly reminders may lift your spirits, empower you, give you hope, and effect change.

Trump doesn’t represent the American people. Trump got 62,984,828 votes. About 174 million Americans either voted against him or didn’t vote for him, which is about 73% of the eligible-to-vote American population. Trump’s term ends in a few months. We have an opportunity to replace him with someone who leads with compassion, believes in science, sets an example, and tells the truth. In some countries, dictators stay in power for decades.

So much good happens every day despite Trump’s cruelty and misconduct. Plant-based food companies are breaking new ground, millions of volunteers are impacting lives, and companies are taking steps to save the planet despite Trump’s reckless policies. The world is filled with cruelty and greed, but it’s also filled with kindness, giving, and progress.

We’ve been through worse times and persevered. About 150 years ago, Americans fought each other in a war and killed 2% of the American population. That’s the equivalent of more than 6 million people in today’s population.

Trump serves as a valuable non-example for the world. We can learn from him to avoid even worse mistakes in the future. We learn some of our best lessons from non-examples.

Empower yourself. There’s so much we can do to offset the damage of Trump’s presidency. Volunteer for a campaign or a nonprofit, find a job that allows you to advance your interests full-time, register people to vote, or donate to a charity. Every act of kindness makes a difference. It’s also an impactful exercise to call your senators in Congress at (202) 224-3121 to express your thoughts.

Manage your social media exposure. Avoid arguing with people who are unlikely to change their minds. It’s emotionally draining, and it isn’t worth it. There are much better ways to spend your days. Think critically about how you’re using your time on social media.

Surround yourself with positive people who exude resilience, hope, and problem-solving skills. Develop a circle of engaged and informed friends who focus on solutions.

Read and listen to the news from reputable sources. Don’t watch it. Reading news allows us to gather facts, draw conclusions, and take action. Although it may not be entertaining to read about environmental deregulation, it helps us to learn about policy positions so we can become better-informed advocates and voters. Stations like NPR and podcasts are also good sources of information that provide the depth we need to understand issues. Television news is often hyperpartisan and toxic to our emotions.

Promote media literacy. Avoid sharing information from disreputable sites. Russia has it covered.

Unplug. Take time for yourself–go to the gym or take a yoga restore class, take a walk, cook, or spend time with friends. It may give you the energy you need to be more productive.

Recognize that we’ll always have challenges. The issues we care about–climate change, animal welfare, human health and well-being, equality, justice, and so many others–won’t be fully resolved under any administration. But a collective effort of government, business, and individuals can put us on a better trajectory. We should work together to achieve that end.

Consider seeking professional help. Consider the support of a professionally-trained therapist. You may also consider calling the free and confidential National Suicide Prevention Lifeline, a team of professionals who counsel people feeling emotional distress.

Trump is drenched in cruelty. He’s a self-obsessed criminal without a moral compass, so you have every right to feel affected by his actions. But Trump is a mentally-ill sociopath, so trying to rationalize his behavior isn’t a good use of time. Instead, we should focus on doing all we can to offset his policies and impact on the fabric of our country and work to elect leaders who better represent our priorities. The planet needs all hands on deck. Let’s harness our energy for good. Imagine the feeling when the Trump era ends and the country finds its footing again.

 

201 thoughts on “How to Cope with Trump-Era Depression

  1. We’ll said. A much needed reality check on what is positive in living America today. There is only one remedy and that is for all dissatisfied Americans to vote him out of office. This includes all pro-Trump elected officials. Every official backing him shows their alligence is not to this country.

    1. Wow, so much delusion.

      There is a Trump Presidency because of the insistence of the Democratic party to hoodwink in Hillary at the sacrifice of Sanders.

      The Republican party tried desperately to secure an alternate nominee. But their shenanigans weren’t up to the same par of the Democratic party.

      Despite so many unethical actions taken by and uncovered of the Democratic party and MSM, you continue to believe their twisted and biased account?

      Wake up. Think for yourself. #walkaway

      As for Trump. He didn’t get my vote in 2016, but will in 2020.

      My 401k is booming, my small business growing, etc.

      When you’re headed to the street fights in the worst neighborhood, you don’t bring your prized Olympian fighter, you bring your experienced UFC/MMA beast.

        1. “MY 401k”, MY small business”… this is a huge part of the Trump problem imho: he appeals to a person’s selfish and greedy needs, not their sense of a bigger picture, not of their sense of humanity. You will probably never understand what I am talking about.

          1. “It’s a good economy” was said in Nazi Germany in the 1930’s. A good economy need not come at the price of morals and decency and common sense. America has had good economies in the past without sacrificing all we believe in and what we leave to future generations. Obviously there are more important things than $$.

          2. Agreed, except for the personal attack. Trump has both unleashed and encouraged the worst selves we have.

      1. Lining my pocketbook is not important! Our democracy is in danger of becoming a dictatorship, racism is on the rise and Trump has given permission for it to happen. He lies, he’s stupid, narcissistic, ego driven, alienating our allies, unconcerned about environment. This is just a short list! Our country deserves better!

          1. Obama’s only offense was being a black man in the White House. He wasn’t a Muslim, he was born in the USA, and he wasn’t a traitor. He lowered the deficit and the country had economic growth for 8 years. The suffering republicans felt was self inflicted from listening to and believing conspiracy theories and propaganda on Fox News.

          2. None of my friends or family disliked Obama! As far as I am concerned, he was the smartest and classiest president we ever had. I was proud that he was our President!

          3. I felt drained during The Obama years and Like a prisoner in my own country, financial I strapped my $ didn’t move! All I wanted was to get out of here ! Traveled out of the US whenever it was possible just not to be in the same country with that man and his mean wife !I was even hospitalized because he was pushing socialist policies ! And I had generational PTSD when he went to Cuba! Seeing him at a baseball game with an evil dictator and how he handled Castro’s death! He single handily made that country worse with that visit! seeing him engaging with celebrities , parties , toasting, drinking beer in beer gardens, exercising with those tiny weights you name it … it all triggered me ! Now he is wealthier than ever ! Three mansions coast to coast pays off to be president.

          4. Probably if your a white supremest. That is when the racism starting taking hold. With people like Limbaugh, Breitbart media fueling the hate. Of course trump was the ring leader with the birtherisim. The racist just hated our intelligent black president. They tore him down any way they could. Now trump with Putin’s election medaling is trying to remove President Obama’s legacy all while trying to undue the fallout from the Mueller investigation. He’ll always be an impeached President. If he continues down the same path he might get impeached again.

          5. You kidding me? Even if you did not agree with him, he was intelligent, a good family man and role model for our children, kind, decent and civil. None of those things are displayed by Trump.

          6. Carla, I want to understand better, because I have difficulty thinking that the way you felt then is the way I feel now. Can you please tell me more about how you were feeling under Obama and a few examples of why? If you rather, I’d be willing to do it privately through email or some other exchange so it wouldn’t become a pile-on. I honestly want to understand this.

        1. Recently, a 50-Year Old Man was attacked for wearing a Red Baseball Hat that said “Make 50 Great Again”. What is wrong with somebody celebrating their 50th birthday that makes them a target of intolerance and hatred??
          What about restaurant that refused to serve people that worked for President Trump? This happened around the start of his administration, remember?
          People everywhere that dare to wear the “Make America Great Again” hats are attacked by bigots like you.
          ALSO in the news is a car whose driver steered his car into a crowd where people were being registered as Republicans. This is a perfect example of a Hate Crime.

          So much for toleration of opinions of other people.

          When the Democratic Ladies wore white during President Trumps’s State of the Union Addresses, it was widely noted that the only thing missing from their white outfits were the hoods of the KKK.

          1. It was not “widely noted”. It was spewed by a few that are not a bit bothered by the daily displays of hatred and bigotry by our president.

      2. Your 401K success is tenuous at best. Remember 2008? You’re the ME ME ME that destroys our country’s values and compassion. When the bubble bursts who will you blame? I’ll blame you.

        1. I am proud he is our President – he is doing a good job – your TDS is awful, my aunt is as deluded as you are. He is a good man that isn’t racist at all, just doing a thankless job for ungrateful folks like you. God Bless our President and you too.

          1. A “good man” doesn’t mock people for their physical appearance. A “good man” doesn’t talk about grabbing women “by their p*ssies”. A “good man” doesn’t lie about things – big and small – every day just to feed his ego. And doing “a good job” involves a selflessness of which Trump repeatedly proves he’s incapable. Benefiting from some of his policies does not make him a good man or mean he’s doing a good job. You need to take a harder look at what this awful, ill-equipped person is doing to our country.

          2. Let’s see: he called KKK supporters fine people, Trump Management Company employees were directed to tell African American lease applicants that there were no open apartments, during his 2016 presidential campaign, Trump insisted on the guilt of the Central Park Five after they were released from prison based on DNA evidence and the confession of someone else, he refers to African nations as shit hole countries, and i could go on and on but it”s to hateful.

      3. I can tell that you’re on the same agenda as Trump. This is not just about”you.” This is about the country as a whole. I’m very tired of hearing how people will vote for the mental case because you’re making more money?!?!? WTF??!!! #waketfu

      4. And cue the Russian bots…. or at the very least the selfish and the greedy “my 401k is doing booming” who cares about ur children and grandchildren…

      5. I wish no harm to the current boom, although some of it is from Trump’s “juicing” the economy by providing funds to those whose businesses he has harmed. However, I want to see if the “economy” is the reason people really support Trump or if it’s just a polite way of saying something else. If the economy tanks, I suspect that those who support Trump will continue to do so, but they will have to find another socially acceptable reason.

      6. Shame on you! You’re the problem as are like minded people who only care about themselves! F-you and the high horse you rode in on!

      7. Another one that thinks their small, temporary financial increases will hold because of Trump. Thanks for becoming another mindless wonder. #Bernie2020

      8. My 401K is looking almost TOO good to be true or to last….and thankfully I am intelligent enough to realize it is due in part to Obama era economic stimulus and not solely due to Trump. Otherwise I would feel so guilty and dirty I might not be able to spend it. Morals over money, graciousness over greed, intelligence over intolerance, golden rule over golden toilet any day.

          1. It was not “widely noted”. It was spewed by a few that are not a bit bothered by the daily displays of hatred and bigotry by our president.

        1. So you are fine with losing your first amendment right to free speech? Dija even read the article? Just ignore us. And last I heard especially from the Obama fans, self care is important and not selfish. So making sure one’s life is in order and they have saved some money for retirement is not selfish… Or would you rather not let anyone be able to use money? Do you have a job? Do you support yourself? Can you proudly tell everyone you are a racist/sexist for hating a white guy that was voted into office using the same system that voted Obama in? The electoral college is meant to give everyone a voice. But your form of “democracy” will only let like minded individuals vote… Were is the voice for all Americans?

          1. I had to read through a couple of times, it is truly unfortunate friend that we have subjected ourselves to a partisan echo chamber that will never go away…these people are in no way shape or form willing to listen have their minds changed if in the moment they were wrong. My girlfriend is liberal and I guess you would say I am conservative. We have heated conversations frequently and I would be a liar if I didn’t say my mind had been changed once in a while. The problem is all these people are stagnant and refuse to try to reason but rather fight and argue.

        2. “I hope the moderators remove your comments because they do not align with our partisan opinions”…Just because someone is concerned about their financial welfare does not make them toxic nor vile, it makes them a normal human being…I bet when you want to retire it would be a nice thought not to have to work. After all, we all will eventually have worked 50 years or so before we retire, and we only live to our 70’s on average. You bet I will have retirement funds i.e 401K! Get out if here with your toxicity of trying to hold someone down because they are happy and doing well with themselves. It is people like you with such negative values that are ruining this country.

          1. you are talking with triggered delusional people who live in a fantasy land, logic and facts are meaningless to them…..

        3. Wow, you fills are some really shitty, hateful, hate filled people unable to see anything past your own soul consuming vitriol. How many Trump supporters here are insulting, condensing, hate spewers. I’ve counted none, matter of fact I’ve simply seem people saying they super the president and to say, “God bless you all.”. Liberals are simply filled with hate of anything that goes against the viw points they believed in.

          How many Trump supporters are out there attaching liberals? How many liberals are out there attaching Trump supporters? Wake up and take a good look at yourself. Is this how you want to be, or be remembered?

      9. Toootally, a troll. Work on your english, bro. Everyone knows walkaway is a scam. You guys are such losers. Get a life. It’s taking the Dems a while to decide because, unlike the GOP, we are not the Borg.

      10. My 401k is looking great, too!!!

        I don’t give a shit.

        My mother grew up in Hitler’s Berlin. She remarks that things are starting to look and feel a little too familiar. At the age of 82, she despairs that her life will end in the exact same kind of dystopia in which it began. We have it in us to change that. I’ll see to it that I do my part.

        1. Bawieland….
          Thank you SO MUCH for telling the TRUE REALITY you learned from your Mother.
          I have Great Confidence that the EVIL LYING BLITHERING IDIOT DICTATOR WANNABE will NO LONGER BE next year after the BLUE TSUNAMI throws him out of OUR WHITE HOUSE.

      11. Another person fallen victim to the Cult of Trump. One day you’ll see that Trump only cares about himself and feeding his large ego. If your 401K and business are going well, it’s because of solid Economic growth that happened out of the Obama years.

      12. The Russian troll farms have dedicated themselves to promoting the “walk away” hashtag so I can only wonder, dear comrade, how’s the weather in Leningrad?

      13. When your “fiscal policy” is nothing more than giving the screaming kids all the candy they want as long as they shut up you better be ready for the sugar crash that follows. You are what’s wrong with this country, as long as you can siphon off enough cash then I guess Lake
        Erie can start burning again, right? Personal monetary gain isn’t the only issue.

      14. Well I know someone who headed into the worst neighborhoods with faith, prayer and love and thrived. There’s more than one way to get to the top.

      15. And that is exactly the source of my overwhelming sense of hopelessness. The focus now is on every man for himself, as long as they are personally doing well, screw the masses, the poor, the disadvantaged, in fact get those people out of your neighborhoods, right? This is way of thinking is promoted by people who call themselves Christians, but this is not how Christ would act, turning society into “us” against “them” protecting what’s yours. NOTHING is yours! God gives to see what you will do with your gifts and we try to protect them from people with darker skin, people who can’t speak English, people you have been too lazy and fearful to meet halfway and try to understand. God is showing us our ugly underbelly, our Ego. Ego, the thing that separates us from God, the thing that Trump personifies and you bless that.

        In the end, God wins, He already has. He’s lovingly waiting for us to figure out for ourselves what Heaven is. It’s not the riches you are gloating over, your business, your 401k, it’s love, love for each other, lifting each other up and helping each other get back home.
        Sure, I’m a Snowflake. I’m clinging to my faith because it is the only thing keeping me is this misguided world.

      16. Money doesn’t trump integrity, morals, respect, character, common sense and love. Human traits that are often overlooked when our main focus is only economic. Please open your mind to the value of people.

      17. The man is a criminal: an embezzler, en extorter, an abuser, a money launderer, a human trafficker, a racist, a misogynist, and an amoral, sociopathic grifter who would take you to the cleaners without batting an eye. In fact, he’d then laugh at you like a 5th grade bully and call you a loser – or worse. He throws even his “best people” under the bus the instant they dare to disagree with him. There is no justification for voting for him, not even your booming 401K, which, by the way, could mean less than a hill of beans when Trump’s faux-golden bubble implodes and takes the wildly unstable world of the con man’s economy down with it. Algorithms in a computer will not translate to cash in hand when the rule of law no longer exists, oligarchs are manipulating world economies to their private benefit, and the government could care less about its citizens (unless they are powerless tools to be used and used and used… until they die or are disposed of.) Good luck with that 401K.

        1. You nailed it. It is just unbelievable how that we are tied to this lunatic and it seems that no one can stop him! I am very concerned for the future of our country. If he continues in office, we are going down fast under a dictator. Who has the control other than him? How is he able to continue to bully his way out of everything?

      18. The racism doesn’t bother you? You don’t care about the environment? You like his judges? He lies every single day to you. All that is important are your investments? I guess that narcissism is contagious.

        1. Everything about him bothers me! He hardly has a friend, business associate, family member who are not as corrupt as he. He lives in an alternate universe and he could care less! The day he is out of office should become a holiday. The day he dies will not be a day to honor him.

      19. Wow…….. you’ve drunk his koolaid. God Bless you. I feel that if a voter bases his decision on what benefits him ONLY and ignores the needs of the less fortunate than we are destined for a corrupt unkind, non empathetic nation. Sad.

      20. Is this Russian propaganda? I think you speak as if you are seriously misinformed. All these evil deeds supposedly committed by democrats I’ve heard many times before, but never once have I heard or seen anything as egregious, illegal, or dishonest as the 45th himself. Good luck when the environment collapses helped along by his policies. That’s why many businesses seem to be prosperous. It is so short sighted to cut costs at the expense of the environment, the animals, the rivers, the oceans, and mostly social programs that I’m not so foolish as to believe it’s all OK. My children ans your children are going to suffer!.

      21. Ann, um, really? Whose deluding whom? If you really believe what you wrote, you’re deluding yourself. I’m glad I don’t have to live in your brain or heart.

      22. Ditto! Read and listen to reputable sources about FREEDOM! Rush Limbaugh, Howie Carr, et al. Don’t believe the lies mainstream media want you to believe. He loves our country, secures our borders, is going after sanctuary cities. Freedom means a safe country, not a dangerous one! Love each other with a love of Freedom, (there’s that word again).

      23. I see the delusion, starts with you!
        Are you even capable of thinking for yourself.
        Your 401 is useless if our planet dies!
        If you support Trump you are the problem!

      24. they are just crying because our economy is boomimg, we are rebuilding our military and america finaly has a president who represents america first. Their leftist ideas are going down in flames and they hate trump for exposing them….

      25. The lowest of the low is the person who votes for Trump because his/her IRA is up. Really? You’re that selfish that you are willing to vote for a maniacal narcissist who behaves like a dictator and threatens our Democracy for your IRA? Take a hard look at yourself. When your grandchildren can’t live on this planet because it’s too hot, your IRA won’t do you a bit of good.

      26. Exactly. You are not dealing with Trump era depression unless you are in nmature. But what we really have is is corrup media bias. They hide and applauded all Obama’s corruption.

      27. Democrats did not allow pollution to spread rampantly, nor did they flagrantly disown the American Constitution, put personal friends and $ contributors into high positions, in spite of their lack of knowledge and experience. They did not trash the Rule of Law, nor did they put their entire families and the families of yes-men in positions for which they are uniquely unqualified.
        Who cares about Hillary? Trump only disparages people that threaten his ego, or out-perform him. It astounds me that everything he claims Hillary prison-worthy for, he and his family have done hundreds of times over, supposedly thinking honest people won’t notice. I don’t particularly care for Hillary. The one and only reason I voted for her was to keep a corrupt and inexperienced man as far away from the White House as he belonged. I’m guessing you must be truly well-to-do if you are profiting from his presidency, because the middle and lower classes are in worse shape now than they were before he slimed his way into the presidency.

      28. Be ware. You 401k is booming because corporations had huge tax breaks that they are using to buy back their own stocks creating a demand for them and their price rises. When the market figures out stock prices are not based on true values the stock prices and your 401k will tumble.

      29. Welcome aboard! More people will continue to find out about the dishonesty and corruption of the Democratic Party. Very sad they are so angry and badmouth people and so many impressionable young people are watching.

      30. Think for ourselves and walk away you say ? That accomplishes nothing. Ignore and it will go away is so typical of what the haves say those who have nothing ! It’s not your problem if people suffer… out of sight, out of mind kills many ! Karen.

      31. Please show your price tag…….I am continually looking to buy souls. obviously yours is for sale. I just want to screenprint your ad because as has been the case in history those who have acted as you have later refuse to admit it. Check out WWII era Germans ……they later denied they ever said such things. In the internet age we will have a record. You might want to think about how selling your soul will be viewed by your descendants.

    2. Very helpful. It As Relief to read what I am feeling. I could not find the words to describe how I am feeling and this is very helpful. Thank you

    3. As Trump supporter I am shocked at this article and most comments. You people act likes he’s the devil. He doesn’t get paid like your “fake” other presidents. He is an excellent leader and for the 1st time I feel we have someone that truly cares about fixing this country. Keep posting this nonsense as it makes the Democrats look foolish! I’ll gladly share this and future posts.

    4. So 62 million people in this nation, aren’t Americans? They don’t count? Our electoral college ensures the small person in flyover country has a voice in elections.

      You people are unbelievable in your arrogance. To this day, Trump has boosted our economy like never before and opposed high taxation that would otherwise bankrupt small businesses. He has also fought against laws that would, otherwise, strip of us our constitutionally protected rights all in the namesake of a so-called global community run primarily by unelected people who are accountable to no one. If you want to go join a global community, go move to Europe. When it comes to America, we were here first and we’re not leaving without a lot of bloodshed.

      You people are abominably disgusting in your willingness to use your self-proclaimed emotional frailty as an excuse that you should be given whatever you want without question. Every time you’re even question you proclaim to have a higher understanding and enlightment of the world and when that doesn’t work you claim offense.

      For 8 years, patriotic Americans watched while a marxist took office and BUTCHERED this nation with socialist doctrine. Unlike you, while we did protest and fight, we didn’t take to the streets, burn buildings, riot, loot and destroy property or take human life. YOU DID!

      Donald Trump most certainly does represent America. To this day, he has never been convicted of any crime. An impeachment was held without any evidence or an accuser present in direct conflict with the Fifth Amendment of the constitution. It amounted to nothing more than Conspiracy Against Rights, Sedition, Prosecutorial Misconduct and in a few cases outright treason. Had it been a normal trial in a normal court, the prosecutor in charge of the case would have opened himself up to charges of Malicious Prosecution and one hell of a lawsuit.

      To this day, it has been nothing but hearsay, conjecture and slander by the mainstream media and a criminal international banking cartel behind it. Speculation and claims that Trump colluded with Russia to win the election. First it was Russia hacking the voting machines, then it was Russian propaganda. Then they claimed it was Russian hackers using trojans, then the story changed again and they claimed it was just social media Russia trolls from so-called troll factories(whatever that’s supposed to be). To this day, none of this has ever been proven nor has a single shred of solid evidence ever been produced. It’s also rather amusing, that since Trump taking office, our relations with Russia have deteriorated. Where was this whole thing where Putin was going to be visiting the Whitehouse every week? Guess that’s gone too.

      Grown-ups and adults understand that you win elections and you lose elections. When you lose, you cut your losses, regroup and try again. You don’t cry, riot, loot, burn buildings, claim offense and kill people.

      At this time, I’d advise you to try and see past the end of your nose for the first time instead of continually bleating like a sheep and thinking that you’re owed something because you’re not. If you really can’t tolerate all this, then feel free to leave. Again, patriotic Americans and the US Constitution were here first. Not you. You may have been born in this nation, but you, most certainly, are not American. Take your socialism and your globalism and go elsewhere. Move to England or Germany. You’ll find their political climates much more to your liking. You absolutely do not belong here to begin with. We, however, tolerate you. If we’re going to tolerate you, then you’re going to tolerate us. It’s the only way.

      Grow up.

      1. So there is a great divide in this country. Families have been torn apart. Just imagine if it was possible to put a dollar amount on the pain and suffering this has cost each of us. Truth is truth and a fact is a fact. If we could find out who is lying to the American public and these liars could be taken to task for what they have done to our country. This is a great country and we should rise up and assign blame and punish the liars. Shame on those who sow hate and lead our brothers and sisters astray.It is time perhaps that Mr. Bloomberg could finance a lawsuit for the families that are the victims of these self serving liars. The average American attempting legal action would be dragged into court and forced to give up this noble cause by those very same liars with deep pockets. God bless America,

      2. Desparil- all I have to say in your plain ignorance is that “Americans weren’t here first”! The Native Americans were here first… and your ancestors that probably came from Europe, who you rant ‘we’ should go back to… raped and pillaged the Native land to claim as their own… and then you brought slaves, of all colors here to build ‘your empire’ and now you say they don’t belong? Whatever, arrogant in my opino. The problem you don’t see is that you don’t see outside your little box, you think it’s all about us ‘Americans’ and we can do whatever the tell we want, at the sake of human lives, communities, and welfare of the planet. All for the good of the god damn fucking dollar. Whatever, you better Wake Up!

  2. Well, it’s scary enough that’s it’s only February and that the election is months away. Just imagine what he can do now, knowing the Republicans will back him, no matter what, even though they know he’s been doing wrong and admit the evidence is there!! They just allowed him to do whatever and I’m sure he will, the time that’s left till the election! It’s not a Democracy anymore, when a President can do whatever, even use taxpayers money to negotiate for personal favors! Unbelievable!

    Thanks Andrew for pushing us to think positive! I’m glad there’s a diagnosis for this, lol…TAD. After this we may even suffer from PTSD! That’s how bad this is!

      1. My hope, prayer, and faith also rest on Trump’s eventual self-destruction. Whatever our gods, we must entrust this inevitable event to divine powers. Earthly justice grinds slowly.

    1. Thank you for diagnosing the problems trump is causing us to experience. My anxiety & depression is up. Started 2016 when he opened his dirty mouth and continued to be a pootun puppet. He owes him and we are paying dearly!
      Time for more therapy and support of my good friends. Meditation helps too.

    2. Maria, my thoughts exactly. He’ll go beyond the election, all the way until he finally gets the boot. Every.single.day. his acts make me sad and anxious. BUT, I’m also engaged in positive thinking and behaving, as in Andrew’s great post. Thanks, Andrew!

  3. As always, your articulate expression of the issues with a reminder that one day he will be not be President gives me validation and hope. Your advice to engage in acts of kindness is a valuable antidote to the negativity Trump has provoked. I was never involved much politically, except to cast a vote, but this experience has spurred me to change that, and I am getting others more involved to vote, too. Thank you for writing this, Andrew.

  4. Again and again, your words resonate with us all. A very powerful and helpful message. One to share. Thank you Andrew. We can all only hope that America is still standing in the years to come and can recover from all of the harm that he and his followers have caused and are still causing. Straight ticket Republican voters are the worse as we now know. Loyal to their party and unfaithful to the Constitution and their own conscience.

  5. I freak out just thinking he may get in again. If we have another 4 years of this our planet may not survive or I fear another civil war. I can’t feel peace until he is out and all his damage is reversed. If that happens.

    1. Linda, I feel the same things, but it has helped me to think of the saying, “The secret to life is not in waiting for the storm to pass, but in learning to dance in the rain.” We must all learn to dance in the rain before we can banish this storm, even if it means exposing ourselves to the lightning. The Republicans in the Senate were afraid of the lightning and now the storm is worse.

      1. Thank you for that! I will put this on my wall to remind me everyday! I want to dance! I’ve feared that the anger and depression I’ve had over this whole thing was going to get me diagnosed with cancer again. I was already hospitalized for sepsis and pneumonia twice. And I know it was stress. I’m 7 years cancer free from stage 4 laryngeal cancer. But like I said, I’m so afraid this is going to make me sick again. I will try to dance through the storm!

        1. Sending you positive thoughts to get through this depressing time in our country. Every American is affected in one way or another by Trump’s horrible leadership. Even his supporters are too ignorant to realize they and their children are touched by it too. My best to you!!!!

        2. Yes,Yes,,, I know what you mean about stress and this whole Trump thing. I, too feel depressed and am afraid of what’s to come and will I succumb to more illness because of how I’m feeling. This is definitely another learning experience that I will have to cope with. Actually reading all these posts has given me a sense of that I’m not alone in how I feel. I was beginning to wonder what happened to all that don’t support Trump and when I would post my opinion on Facebook, there would be 8 posts directed at me that were pro-Trump. Talk about being bullied and scared. But knowing now that there are folks like myself gives me some relief. I’m still in shock over the senate trial and feel a deep sense of sadness and am no longer proud to be an American. But I will get thru this and learn better coping skills and realize that this shall pass to. I’ve always considered myself a strong minded individual, but I have to admit, this has shaken me up to my core. But like the song goes, I will survive and come out stronger. Thank you for this forum.

    2. I fear much of the damage is irreversible. My mental health has suffered, my relationships have suffered, my heart hurts. When I think of those I love who I know will vote for him again, the very same people who, as family, are all helping to raise a wonderful girl child, I get so confused, so full of sadness. How can they hold him up as an example of what a man should be? Of someone worthy of respect? She is only 2 thank God. But if he is re-elected, she’ll become old enough during that 4 year term to observe, to understand. And then what?
      I fear the damage to our country will outlive this precious child. I know I’ll be long gone.

  6. This gave me diabeetus. When government has this much affect on your psyche that your tears make your furniture rust, you have a bigger problem. A republic encourages you to seek out life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness. It doesn’t say anything about making your life perfect because you are special.
    Take it down a notch, it’s all just a bunch of hysterically funny clowns that have your mind exploding. Government this intrusive was not what was intended in 1789. (Except by the federalists).
    People are tired of hysterics.

    1. And what does any of it have to do with support for a con man and pootin’s puppet in the President’s office? He is dismantling this country ad you are ok with that – it makes you just as evil as he is

    2. I’m confused, Bob. You mock Andrew Kirschner for being overly sensitive right after blaming his article for giving you “diabeetus.”

      When it comes right down to it, your concern about government is the same as his about the president: too intrusive. The founders would be horrified by such an intrusive, illiberal presidency.

      I won’t insult you for being bothered by this article. Or for not being depressed about the president’s behavior. May I ask you not to insult people who are depressed? This article is not telling people to wallow in it–it’s calling them to cope by doing good things.

      1. Beware, Trump would say “All is well.” Then he’d say, “I heard they had headaches.” Annie, you might have a Traumatic Brain Injury!

  7. Afraid they’ll call me one those crybabies. I almost liked it before social media when I did not know so much about people. I’ve learned to not unfriend but unfollow people. I’m just afaid that we will not have the right opponents to go up against him!

    1. I hear you Lisa. I too fear his re-election. I don’t know if you saw what I posted below. This pretty much sums up how I feel as a “libtard” and hopefully it speaks for you too. I think a lot of propaganda has been put out about what a liberal is. We are NOT snowflakes and crybabies.. We do not want to pour money on everything. I can’t speak for you, but I believe that freedom comes with responsibility. I worked for state welfare as a social worker when I got out of college and I lost the bleeding heart part of my liberalism when I saw so many entitled and those who really needed help being denied. That is another conversation for another time though…In the meantime,
      I’m a liberal, but that doesn’t mean what a lot of you apparently think it does. Let’s break it down, shall we? Because quite frankly, I’m getting a little tired of being told what I believe and what I stand for. Spoiler alert: not every liberal is the same, though the majority of liberals I know think along roughly these same lines:
      1. I believe a country should take care of its weakest members. A country cannot call itself civilized when its children, disabled, sick, and elderly are neglected. PERIOD.
      2. I believe healthcare is a right, not a privilege. Somehow that’s interpreted as “I believe Obamacare is the end-all, be-all.” This is not the case. I’m fully aware that the ACA has problems, that a national healthcare system would require everyone to chip in, and that it’s impossible to create one that is devoid of flaws, but I have yet to hear an argument against it that makes “let people die because they can’t afford healthcare” a better alternative. I believe healthcare should be far cheaper than it is, and that everyone should have access to it. And no, I’m not opposed to paying higher taxes in the name of making that happen.
      3. I believe education should be affordable. It doesn’t necessarily have to be free (though it works in other countries so I’m mystified as to why it can’t work in the US), but at the end of the day, there is no excuse for students graduating college saddled with five- or six-figure debt.
      4. I don’t believe your money should be taken from you and given to people who don’t want to work. I have literally never encountered anyone who believes this. Ever. I just have a massive moral problem with a society where a handful of people can possess the majority of the wealth while there are people literally starving to death, freezing to death, or dying because they can’t afford to go to the doctor. Fair wages, lower housing costs, universal healthcare, affordable education, and the wealthy actually paying their share would go a long way toward alleviating this. Somehow believing that makes me a communist.
      5. I don’t throw around “I’m willing to pay higher taxes” lightly. If I’m suggesting something that involves paying more, well, it’s because I’m fine with paying my share as long as it’s actually going to something besides lining corporate pockets or bombing other countries while Americans die without healthcare.
      6. I believe companies should be required to pay their employees a decent, livable wage. Somehow this is always interpreted as me wanting burger flippers to be able to afford a penthouse apartment and a Mercedes. What it actually means is that no one should have to work three full-time jobs just to keep their head above water. Restaurant servers should not have to rely on tips, multibillion-dollar companies should not have employees on food stamps, workers shouldn’t have to work themselves into the ground just to barely make ends meet, and minimum wage should be enough for someone to work 40 hours and live.
      7. I am not anti-Christian. I have no desire to stop Christians from being Christians, to close churches, to ban the Bible, to forbid prayer in school, etc. (BTW, prayer in school is NOT illegal; *compulsory* prayer in school is – and should be – illegal). All I ask is that Christians recognize *my* right to live according to *my* beliefs. When I get pissed off that a politician is trying to legislate Scripture into law, I’m not “offended by Christianity” — I’m offended that you’re trying to force me to live by your religion’s rules. You know how you get really upset at the thought of Muslims imposing Sharia law on you? That’s how I feel about Christians trying to impose biblical law on me. Be a Christian. Do your thing. Just don’t force it on me or mine.
      8. I don’t believe LGBT people should have more rights than you. I just believe they should have the *same* rights as you.
      9. I don’t believe illegal immigrants should come to America and have the world at their feet, especially since THIS ISN’T WHAT THEY DO (spoiler: undocumented immigrants are ineligible for all those programs they’re supposed to be abusing, and if they’re “stealing” your job it’s because your employer is hiring illegally). I believe there are far more humane ways to handle undocumented immigration than our current practices (i.e., detaining children, splitting up families, ending DACA, etc).
      10. I don’t believe the government should regulate everything, but since greed is such a driving force in our country, we NEED regulations to prevent cut corners, environmental destruction, tainted food/water, unsafe materials in consumable goods or medical equipment, etc. It’s not that I want the government’s hands in everything — I just don’t trust people trying to make money to ensure that their products/practices/etc. are actually SAFE. Is the government devoid of shadiness? Of course not. But with those regulations in place, consumers have recourse if they’re harmed and companies are liable for medical bills, environmental cleanup, etc. Just kind of seems like common sense when the alternative to government regulation is letting companies bring their bottom line into the equation.
      11. I believe our current administration is fascist. Not because I dislike them or because I can’t get over an election, but because I’ve spent too many years reading and learning about the Third Reich to miss the similarities. Not because any administration I dislike must be Nazis, but because things are actually mirroring authoritarian and fascist regimes of the past.
      12. I believe the systemic racism and misogyny in our society is much worse than many people think, and desperately needs to be addressed. Which means those with privilege — white, straight, male, economic, etc. — need to start listening, even if you don’t like what you’re hearing, so we can start dismantling everything that’s causing people to be marginalized.
      13. I am not interested in coming after your blessed guns, nor is anyone serving in government. What I am interested in is the enforcement of present laws and enacting new, common sense gun regulations. Got another opinion? Put it on your page, not mine.
      14. I believe in so-called political correctness. I prefer to think it’s social politeness. If I call you Chuck and you say you prefer to be called Charles I’ll call you Charles. It’s the polite thing to do. Not because everyone is a delicate snowflake, but because as Maya Angelou put it, when we know better, we do better. When someone tells you that a term or phrase is more accurate/less hurtful than the one you’re using, you now know better. So why not do better? How does it hurt you to NOT hurt another person?
      15. I believe in funding sustainable energy, including offering education to people currently working in coal or oil so they can change jobs. There are too many sustainable options available for us to continue with coal and oil. Sorry, billionaires. Maybe try investing in something else.
      16. I believe that women should not be treated as a separate class of human. They should be paid the same as men who do the same work, should have the same rights as men and should be free from abuse. Why on earth shouldn’t they be?
      I think that about covers it. Bottom line is that I’m a liberal because I think we should take care of each other. That doesn’t mean you should work 80 hours a week so your lazy neighbor can get all your money. It just means I don’t believe there is any scenario in which preventable suffering is an acceptable outcome as long as money is saved.

      1. Yes!!! I agree with you 100%! Thank you! I wish this could get through to the right! I’ve been called every name in the book because I’m not a Republican anymore. They make it sound like liberal is a bad word. It isn’t! It’s far more christian than the right evangelical try to push!

      2. ELISA FERZACCA – You said a mouthful and I wish every trump supporter would read this and try to comprehend what is being said. I am exhausted trying to explain these points of view.
        You summed up 16 points but i would like to add just a few.
        17. I believe that a woman, her partner, her doctor and her faith should decide when it is feasible to have a child. Women don’t carry healthy babies to full term and abort in the 9th month at the 11th hour. Full term abortions are necessary because the baby isn’t viable. I am so disgusted that the right has spun this late term abortion into something that it just isn’t. Women being forced to carry to full term and labor and deliver a child that will die in short order… watching helplessly as that baby suffers. I’ve read and seen so many tragic stories. But yet the right would have you believe that they support this president because he will eliminate roe v wade and abortion will be a thing of the past. He very well might. and that terrifies me.
        18. Women are either stagnant or going backwards and for the life of me i don’t understand why trump has a single female supporter. Because her 401k grew — really… is that your value system. Is that what women for decades fought for? trump has rolled back protection from woman’s rights against domestic violence, he has openly said the most disgraceful things to and about women. He allowed babies to be taken from their mothers and put in cages. and on and on. Women are the majority…. we could vote him out. Open your eyes and ears and really see this man for the con that he is.
        19. Bullying… for the last few decades parents and educators have done their level best to bring bullying front and center. The psychological effects, the danger of suicide, the health hazards… but yet, this horrible man has no qualms about bullying and name calling war veterans, handicapped, minorities, women… he is everything we are striving to teach our children not to be.
        20 . so i made it an even 20 … and the last is the biggest for me. LIES.. No, i’m not naive that he is the first politician to lie… they all do… most of us do… but there all little white lies, lies that you tell not to hurt someones feeling like.. ‘No dear, that dress doesn’t make you look fat” or but trumps lies are harmful and apparently endless. He insults the my senses to the point that i actually yell at the television. “you are a damn liar” … i’ve always followed politics and social norms… i’ve never been moved to tears or anger because of president winning when he should be losing… Yes, i cried when Obama got elected because it was a bridge we had crossed as Americians… and i was hopeful for a brighter future. I’ve teared up over funerals… democrat and republican… but this man makes me so mad i could spit. Lying over and over again… and people lap it up like cream… i just don’t understand how he has any support…

      3. I’m in total agreement with you as I too worked for state welfare for 30 years as an auditor of public assistance including ADC, Food Stamps & Medicaid. During that time I was always hearing about all the benefits that immigrants received as soon as they stepped foot in this country. Not true. They don’t live here tax free with health benefits, Social Security and a gas station upon arrival. I don’t know where people come up with these stories. The incidence of people receiving public aid when they aren’t entitled is far, far less than what the right would like you to believe. Sadly now that this administration is putting more restrictions and locating less funding towards these programs the people who will suffer the most will be children, the elderly and the disabled. What are we coming to when we no longer have any empathy for those less fortunate?

      4. Elisa, I think YOU should run for office, even the presidency. Seriously. You have exactly the ideas, attitude and common sense this country so desperately needs.
        Thank you for your wonderful response.

        1. Noooooo, Sunnie, she should NOT run for president. I agree with everything she said, but it wasn’t hers. Starting with the paragraph prior to the number 1 (the one that starts, “I am a liberal because . . . ), it should have been credited to Lori Gallagher Witt, from whom it was copied and pasted. Maybe Lori Gallagher Witt should run for president?

      5. I hope it’s OK that I’m posting your brilliant post on my FB page — with attribution, of course. You speak for me perfectly!

      6. I agree with those words, but credit belongs to author Lori Gallagher Witt for writing them. She posted that on Facebook in 2018. Someone stripped her name from her words and shared it as written by “anonymous.” That’s bad enough, but please don’t take credit for writing this.

      7. Wow, What powerful thoughts out into words. There is good in the world. Us “Snowflakes” have to keep fighting for the poor and what’s right. Good will overcome evil but we all must do our part. Help one another,. Smile at a stranger, hole a frickin door open for someone. We have to keep our sanity and health. This was a great article and some of the comments give me more hope than I’ve had in a while. I’m just trying to be kind, help another human and love my neighbor even if I don’t like them. God bless us all!

      8. Well said’ I would like to add #17 to your list. Our environment is suffering horribly under the current administration. He is reversing practically every law and gutting the EPA.
        I pray to God that he isn’t re-elected.
        Thank you Eliza

    1. Amen to that!! They are quite ill. Mental disorder. Potentially missing a critical piece of brain function. God bless them all and heal them. Amen.

  8. The lightworkers in America should pick a day and we should all direct our love and light to Trump and the folks that support him. We CAN create an enlightening experience that will touch the buried light in them.

  9. This is such a great synopsis of how to overcome our worst knee-jerk reactions to this narcissistic psychopath. All is not lost. There is hope.

  10. Oh for the love of God, will you people please take a 5yr sabbatical to a socialist country and return for the 2024 election? Who knew there were so many wimpy Americans…or foreigners playing on your emotions. Get over it. None of you, your lives or your “feeling” amounts to a hill of beans. Go out to Earthquake sites and lend a hand. Go to hurricane devastation sites and lend a hand. Get off your “oh woe is me” sorry asses and make a difference in the lives of the thousands of homeless Americans. Go to a hospital in your community and read to a soldiers ripped by roadside bombs. Stop whining…it’s repulsive.

    1. Don, who says we’re not doing those things you suggest? What we’re not doing is whining. Re-read the post above. Engage in some of the positive behavior and action suggested in it – which doesn’t include bitching about commenters on this page. If the comments are repulsive to you, maybe don’t waste your time here.

  11. Maybe if you took the time to do a little independent research into the man himself and not just rely on the hateful, twisted words that the divisive mainstream media has said about him over and over and over and over, you might gain a little insight into who he REALLY is. He has helped many, many people with no fanfare at all. Or is it possible that you have lost ALL of your common sense? I just do not understand the hatred directed towards this man. Is your life so horrible now or has it actually improved over the last 3 years? If you listen to the MSM only, then I would imagine you feel like we are going to hell in a hand basket. To put so much energy into hate really drains the soul. NONE of us are perfect and neither is President Trump. God doesn’t make perfect people, just people perfect for the job. So relax and thank God that we live in the greatest country in the world!

    1. He is a white supremacist who encourages others who use violence against anyone who isn’t white, fundamentalist Christian, or straight. I see my friends and myself targeted. And you will stand by and do nothing because he is not targeting you or the people you know.

    2. He stole from a children’s charity….he bankrupted casinos…how do you bankrupt a casino? they do nothing but take money….LOL….IMPOTUS is a joke….he has always been a joke and a liar….not someone to look up to…maybe you should research dotard….he has done more harm than good….ask the people he ripped off…

    3. Twitter is part of the “mainstream media” that you are talking about, D. Broda. It doesn’t require any independent research to see the tweets from the president, spreading false conspiracy theories, fake videos, fake news, and childish attacks every day. If you believe that is normal and acceptable, I won’t try to change your mind. For those of us who don’t think it’s normal, this article contains some good common sense ways to respond.

      1. Oh I agree to a point. Sometimes of his tweets are, indeed, cringe-worthy. But did you ever stop & think. If he did NOT have that outlet, what would you hear? You would only hear what the main stream media (and those that control it) & their hateful agenda, want you to hear. THEY are the reason there is so much division in this country. How often do you hear of the good that he has done? The people he has helped? Pretty much never! How often do you hear “journalist’s” negative opinions of the administration? Pretty much every single day, all day long! Make no mistake, the media is powerful. They are shaping the opinions of millions of Americans by giving only one side of the story. Case in point. Recently an anti Trump person drove a van through a tent, with people in it mind you, that was registering Republican voters. Was it the top story in the news? Was it mentioned at all? No. IF the roles were reversed & it was a conservative doing that at a Democratic event (which I cannot even conceive happening), it would have been on CNN, MSNBC, ABC, CBS, NBC & every other alphabet soup outlet there is all day long. Wouldn’t it? I didn’t vote for President Obama but when he was elected I said, “let’s give him a chance”. I certainly didn’t need a safe space, I didn’t protest in the streets and I certainly didn’t expend my energy in hating the man. We are Americans living in the greatest country in the world that people like my father fought to defend and we need to start acting like adults! Alan, I know what I say won’t change your mind either but isn’t it great that we have the freedom to speak our minds? Bless you.

        1. Thanks for your reply. I come from a conservative family of Republicans who didn’t vote for Donald Trump and we are repulsed by his behavior. A wide range of voters from the left, right, and center believe that his tantrums are more than just cringe-worthy–they make him unfit for leading this great country. We’re used to being lumped together with haters and “weak” people who “need a safe space.” There is a range of responses to his behaviors: some people applaud them; you cringe; others are depressed. I hope you come to respect them all, extend them the freedom to speak their minds, and do so without insulting them.

          1. Alan, I did not insult anyone. I gave my opinion. And I respect the opinions of others. I am just sick and tired of the hatred directed to the President and to those who support him. I am not deplorable, I am not un-American or a new-Nazi fascist, ult-right, white supremacist, mysogynist. All those terms have been applied to those who support our president, some by those who are vying for his job. I know that he has used various “terms” to describe some people. I don’t condone that but I can certainly understand why. The President is not a politician, skilled in double-speak. He speaks bluntly, sometimes good and sometimes not so good. I pray for him and for our great country each and every day. We are all so much better than this.

          2. One example is GTMO detention/prison. With a tweet trump stopped the closure and the prison stays open to this day with 40 inmates. Some of them have not been charged and have been held for decades . The cost is in the millions per inmate to keep the prison going. Soldiers/rotation, Admin,staff, maintenance, etc . Seen on Amanpour last night

          3. D. Broda, you are exactly the problem, along with others who say he just tells it like it is. No, that’s how he justifies bullying, insulting, and degrading people he doesn’t like or who disagree with him.
            You asked if we’ve all lost ALL our common sense, and say that we need to start acting like grownups, and then claim you didn’t insult anyone; just gave your opinion. Those are disguised insults, but insults nevertheless.

            You supporters make this gross generalization that the MDM are just leading us all about by our noses, and that none of us do any research. Well, the problem is exactly the opposite. None of YOU do your own research. You have your conspiracy theories that you BELIEVE, and no amount of proof will change it. I’ve had “debates” with Trump supporters about things where I post 6 facts with supporting documentation showing that their belief is wrong, that what they’re defending is totally false, and yet they refuse to put any kind of documentation to show that they are correct, call me names and say that they don’t need to do that, because they have their belief that it’s right, so it’s right and I’m wrong. How is that something that we’re supposed to accept, pack up and just sit it out and say it’s alright? Sorry, I live in reality. Part of reality is facts, and you don’t get to choose your own facts, or ignore them all together so that you can feel safe in your belief. So yes, I have done tons of research into the things that this disgusting, depraved, narcissistic, misogynistic, racist POS has done in his life. He was ordered by a court to pay millions in restitution for fraudulently using his charity to pay for things for his own personal benefit, and banned from ever running another charity. This was proved, but supposedly he’s helped so many people. Yeah, he’s helped some people. But he’s hurt many, many more than he’s helped. He has shafted thousands of small businesses, some that he’s run out of business because he reneged on contracts that he signed and wouldn’t pay them for their work. He’s been doing this for decades, even in the hotel that he built in Washington DC. So it’s not like it’s in his past and isn’t currently part of who he is. He ran a fraudulent University, and again was forced to pay restitution by a court when they found him guilty of bilking those people out of their money. There are so many more things, bad things, that he has done. He’s assaulted women, admitted it, and you all believe it’s just “locker room talk,” even when dozens of women come forward with what he did to them. Oh, but this one or that isn’t good looking enough, as if that’s proof that he’s innocent, or that it would stop him. Sexual predation is about power, not attraction or sex, and we know that he is ALL about power. And that’s not even getting into the name calling. That is so childish, it’s pathetic in someone who’s supposed to be the leader of the Free World. How do you people accept that in someone who represents you and or country? You wouldn’t accept that kind of behavior from your eight-year-old, or any family member or friend. He’s lied almost 17,000 times since he took office just over three years ago. Again, behaviour you would accept from no one in your life, and yet you look the other way. It’s just despicable. How you can support someone like that is beyond comprehension.

        2. 1) I’d love for you to specify all these people he has “helped,” if you’d be so kind.
          2) You suggest that adults need to act like adults. That standard must apply to all adults, including the person in the WH. The day he doesn’t act like a spoiled rotten brat from hell will be an exceptional day indeed.

    4. Trump has done nothing good. I don’t know where you are getting your information, but you need a better source. I pity you

    5. He paid for whole-page newspaper ads calling for the execution of five teenagers who were innocent. He has always been a toxic beast to endure because of this country’s insane obsessions with wealth, no matter how unethically accrued.

    1. TRUMP’S hatred is the issue. That and the resultant brain-washing of his followers. His heart is either completely vacant or full of rot.

  12. I agree with reading the news, not watching it. Never good to be force fed. Hard to believe people want to live in a dictatorship and lose their freedoms . Hard to believe they want a polluted world, national parks destroyed and so on.
    It’s depressing, but if we don’t keep doing positive things, volunteering our time and taking care of each other , the man who would be Dictator wins. I say no to that.

  13. Well said. The whole thing has been very disturbing. Not just Trumps behavior but our realization that people close to us that we thought we knew would actually defend Trumps vicious and vengeful behavior. It has been very eye opening to see the deepest convictions of people we are connected with and to come to know that some of it is very dark. They are still friends and loved ones and always will be, but we should go forward keeping the truth of what we have discovered in mind for our personal future choices. And keep leading the way toward good choices.

  14. Thank you! This is the funniest thing I’ve read in a long time. By the way, it’s not TAD, it’s TDS.

    You are correct about his lack of experience, though. There was only one candidate who had real governmental executive experience. You likely didn’t vote for him.

  15. All I’m reading here is a bunch of Dems/libs/progressives who falsely believe their opinions of what America should be like are right and those who disagree are wrong. They’re as narrow minded as those Trump supporters they claim are ruining the country. No reasonable person would be interested in joining hands with a group who have that type of attitude towards their own ideology, and Dems/libs/progressives should be ashamed to have the nasty attitude I see on display by them here.

  16. I really want to believe that T-Rump and his followers do not represent the American people, but it’s very difficult, down here in Florida, with mall stores and roadside stands openly selling both Trump 20/20 flags and nazi paraphernalia.

    1. You’re confusing his egotism with actual concern. Over 100 of our troops have TBI from Iran’s missile attack last month and your boy downplayed it because it made him look bad. He only cares about our military to the extent he can use them to make himself seem big & strong & brave – because he’s inherently none of those things. He’s all smoke & mirrors – always has been, always will be. First it was Atlantic City, now it’s the entire country going down the drain bc of his narcissism.

  17. This is why the amount of education you have should dictate the power of your vote. Uneducated icky worker people vote should only count as a percentage. Like 25%. That way it will take 4 of their votes to vount as one. Some one with a masters degree or higher would get a full vote. A bachelor’s degree 80%. This would end the Trump idiots and establish the proper order of things.

  18. OK 401k doing great and small business thriving. What about the fact he is a 5 time draft dodger who disrespects Gold Star parents and John McCain. Talks about grabbing women’s body parts like a 9th grader, cheats on his pregnant wife, makes fun of special needs people, disrespects Native Americans who broke Japanese codes in WWII, absolutely has no ability to differentiate truth from fiction, thinks he knows more than career soldiers (I know more than the Generals), does not believe in science that proves global warming. I will stop now. If all you care about is 401k and your business you are as self centered as him.

    1. I grew up in NY in close proximity to Trump and we are the same age. He couldn’t be elected dogcatcher there because we have had to tolerate him for 70 plus years. His father was also a horrible person and a disgrace to the city. bTrumpnhas always been pro choice and pro single player healthcare…right up to the point the evangelicals made their deal with this devil. Whatever paltry sum I got back on my tax return (not enough for a new sofa:) I’d gladly return it to get this guy out of Washington. When people pay thousands of dollars to have his name removed from his condo, something serious is afoot. Who called their own daughter “hot” and “I’d date her.” What’s wrong with people who think that’s acceptable? Oh, BTW, never was crazy about Obama and didn’t vote for him because NY always goes Democratic and my vote DOESN’T count anyway. So much for democracy.

  19. 174 Million Americans didn’t vote for Hillary as well. Trump won because American didn’t want Hillary. DFL laborers wanted anybody other than Hillary so badly that they voted for a Republican candidate instead of Hillary. Lyndon B Johnson was the most foul, vulgar, racist, narcissistic president America has ever had. A product of the Democratic Party. Trump-Era Depression? Give me a break. Depression is an actual disease. Being a little baby because Hillary lost and your party can’t get it’s act together in 4 years isn’t a disease. You all can’t even count votes at your own caucus. Obviously, that’s not true. You all can count, you just didn’t like the numbers so they needed to be finagled for a few days.

  20. This article gives some hope and valid coping points, but missed out on one very crucial way to cope: Go out and be in Nature. As often as you possibly can.

  21. I think this article would have given me more comfort if it hadn’t allowed comments. I actually feel worse after reading them. People seem to use semi-anonymous online forums as their place to say horrible things to one another that they wouldn’t otherwise say. My faith is humanity is sorely depleted.

    1. Kristen, I’m with Lesley: reading comments – however rude, condescending, and disrespectful – helps us know what we’re up against sometimes. But beyond that, please focus on the positive comments that represent an understanding of and gratefulness for the original post. Focus on the post itself. Try not to let the rude comments get to you – trolls and bullies want to get a rise out of you and gain attention to themselves. They may be part of the problem but you’re part of the solution, so thank you for that.

  22. Kristen, I understand, but the comments provide an interesting cross section of opinion; it’s shining a light so that we may truly understand who and what is out there – there needs to be awareness.

  23. Many of the posters who are pro 45th, have only proven the point of so many others who say the pro 45th supporters do so without any evidence, reason, asking us to leave, calling us socialists like it was a dirty word or had any truth to it, or will listen to anything but their own vacant, illogical words. After the last mid-term election, no less than PBS did a special to show how Russian trolls set up fake accounts, and respond to letters like this and spew lies, falsehoods, offer no proof of anything, and sound like many of the pro 45th people in this list of letters.

  24. Never voted in my life. Voting Trump in 2020. It’s simple really. The guy is hilarious and if you are triggered by the guy you are probably poor, ugly and an emotional wreck. We are having so much fun with this guy in the WH. Plenty of black, latino, gay and trans Americans who love our president. Whoever wrote this article is clueless. Good luck being a loser in life!

    1. Ryan, you are either young, sound foolish, or deluded. Your short post is full of derision, assumptions, hate, and think this is all a joke. Any sort of discussion will be lost on you. You seem to be the worst sort of “coyote the trickster” gleefully rubbing you hands together at the destruction of what is good and fair in this world. Are you a Russian troll? You sound exactly like one.

  25. This thread is deeply divisive and disturbing. It saddens me that our civilization is not longer civilized. Both sides hold stock and shoulder the blame for this condition. When did it ever become okay to show such hatred and rage towards another American for having different values or holding different opinions. This is frightening! I sincerely hope we can learn to accept and foregive each other…to appreciate and love each other…regardless of our differences and our flaws. I’m not perfect and I am proud to have my own opinions. My name is Jon Soileau.

  26. Beautiful and very needed. Thank you! I have faith that all of us that care more about our world and future than money in our pockets will band together through this terror we are experiencing. I do believe this horrid presidency has happened so that change can be made for the better. Peace

  27. Didn’t you people commenting READ the ARTICLE? “Manage your social media exposure. Avoid arguing with people who are unlikely to change their minds. It’s emotionally draining, and it isn’t worth it. There are much better ways to spend your days. Think critically about how you’re using your time on social media.”

  28. I think I’ve come to grips with the fact that reality is just not compatible with love, acceptance and honestly. This reality is not for me. I will be taking my life. See you all on the other side. F*** Trump.

    1. Please reconsider and call the hotline at 800-273-8255. Please. You will get through this. There is love and acceptance in this reality.

  29. Trump and his republican agenda are settling in kinda like the Regan years. Sure he’s a bit of a boob but he’ll be gone soon enough. He’s very fortunate to have inherited a growing economy, and that’s all well and good. I also don’t think he’ll irreparably damage our relationship with other leaders and countries because everyone knows it’s just a matter of a relatively short period of time till he’s gone. So just like Obama, Clinton and the rest, his tenure is limited. And when he’s gone we’ll probably go back to democratic rule, and we’ll continue to complain about that. That’s our two party system. Hopefully though this will be the last time, at least for a long while, that we have a leader with no experience in either government or military service.

  30. Really well said. I identify with so much of this, and appreciate that you have put my feelings to words. Articles like your help pull me from the nihilism that it is so easy to drift towards in this era. I am beyond excited, and incredibly scared for November. In the meantime, I will continue to volunteer, and to fight to right our course in history.

  31. Eliminate Trump from the entire article and these are all things people should be doing anyway. Unplug, exercise, read and research… Want to help your agenda obviously sign up/work somewhere to make a difference but dont alienate people with different views. If you’re so depressed about Trump that you need psychiatric help you probably needed it before.

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