I find it funny.
Social media is rife with the fallout from the plea deal of the current president’s staffers on campaign finance fraud. I am not surprised by this. I am not a fan of Trump. I wasn’t even a fan from his days on reality TV (or is that still going on?). In a way, I am amused by this development. Proof that a shady man did shady dealings.
But that isn’t what I truly find funny.
While this may be a look at the pot calling the kettle black moment, a lot of supporters for Hillary Clinton are coming out in pure, unabashed glee that Trump has been found out. I am seeing loads of memes and tweets on it from a number of people on the matter. This is what makes me laugh.
We accept criminal behavior and corruption so long as it falls in line with our side. In other words, when Hillary was found to have aided in the rigging of the primary to ice out Bernie Sanders, her supporters accepted it. This doesn’t count the myriad of other criminal behaviors that the Clintons participated in. Her supporters wanted her to win, by hook or by crook.
And the same thing goes for supporters of Trump, who find ways to justify repugnant behavior because in the end they are getting something that they want.
It’s a classic do as I say, not as I do.
Hypocrisy is rife in politics and when power is involved. Hypocrisy is perfectly acceptable so long as it provides the end results that we are after… not if it provides our adversaries with their desired results.
From my feeble vantage point, I have not seen this behavior as so overtly obvious as since the election life and post-election life of Donald Trump. You could satire this and it would sound more like a factual drama than the actual happenings can be seen.
The snake is eating its own tail with vigor.
It’s ridiculous even how we even use the opposing side’s indiscretions in some form of moral equivalency to justify our side’s indiscretions.
And with glee, we are plying the shovels to the holes we are digging this society into.
What we need are those of us who are looking at both sides of the aisle saying, “what the fuck is wrong with you people?!” We can’t keep tearing ourselves apart over this. Our system is broken. But it isn’t unfixable. We should start trying to fix ourselves instead of tearing others apart.