Donald Trump has been in office for more than 100 days now. It’s been more than half a year since Hillary Clinton lost what should have been the easiest slam dunk of her career. Democrats have not only not learned a thing, they seem content to double down on the same strategies that cost them the election in the first place, by continuing to insult the very voters that they needed to win over. Anyone who frequents Twitter can tell you this. I can point you to hundreds of “think pieces” that blame everyone but Hillary Clinton for losing the election.
A new and even more obnoxious trend has emerged in the post-election months. Liberals and so-called members of “the Resistance” seem more content to escape into fantasy rather than deal with reality. This trend manifests itself in two different, but not at all dissimilar ways. First off, there’s pretending that Hillary Clinton is the president (the prime example being the @ifhillaryhad account), despite the glaring fact that the Clintons do not currently occupy the White House. The second is comparing our political situation to popular children’s literature, like Harry Potter and The Hunger Games. Just take a look at this tweet from Joss Whedon, director of the Avengers movies:
The issue with this tweet is that Aurors are fictional characters. As one Twitter user pointed out, special prosecutors have the advantage of actually existing. Trump is not Voldemort because Voldemort is a figment of British author J.K. Rowling’s imagination. You would think that liberals who are really adamant that Trump should be investigated would be more excited for a special prosecutor, who can, you know, actually do something?
This type of thing wouldn’t bother me so much if it wasn’t so pervasive on social media. The other day, Slate tweeted out an article where they referred to Sally Yates as Katniss Everdeen from the Hunger Games series. I have no problem with drawing comparisons between literature and real life; that’s part of the fun of enjoying literature, as well as why literature is written. The thing is that your comparisons have to be good. Donald Trump is not Voldemort or Sauron. He is an inept businessman who tripped over his d*ck and landed in the Oval Office. If you really want to compare Trump to a fictional villain, then you should compare him to Christian Grey of the Fifty Shades of Grey series, who is also a billionaire, a shitty businessman, and is abusive to women.
There are a few reasons why this is so infuriating. First of all, the same people calling Trump Voldemort are the same people who told Bernie supporters last year that wanting things like single-payer and free college was “pie in the sky” and “never ever going to happen.” Now, these same people are tweeting about what Hillary is doing on Earth 2 or something equally insipid. The other reason why this is irritating is that it’s distracting as hell. We are living in a very tumultuous time, and most of you in #theResistance would rather live in a fantasy world where you’re Harry Potter, or Hermione Granger, or f*cking Frodo Baggins, rather than deal with the very real challenges that we face. You have a chance to be real heroes by fighting for progressive policy. Go ahead, pretend that you’re a protagonist in a children’s book. I’ll be over here fighting for real change.