Life After Trump — How Will this Look?

Libby Winkler
4 min readAug 28, 2020

Can we even imagine this?

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Donald Trump has consumed our lives for the past three and a half years.

Regardless of where you stand on the love him or hate him continuum, the fact remains that at some point he will leave public life. In our democracy, assuming he leaves us with a democracy, we have the expectation that at some point, in 2021 or 2025 he will leave office. Regardless of when or how, the reality is that he will leave, and what will we have left?

Lessons Learned — Have We Got it Right Yet?

Fear.

Fear motivates. Fear engages. Fear moves folks to action.

This is the lesson that Trump taught all of America. If a demographic can be made to fear ‘them,’ whomever the them may be, you can entice your target demographic to act in any way that he chooses. Over the course of the administration, the them has been illegal immigrants, women, non-Christian believers, peaceful protestors, the LGBTQ community, the African-American community, the Native American community, millennials, hell, every group that identifies as people of color (POC).

Objectively, a man that has publicly committed adultery, has been a ruthless -if unsuccessful — business person with multiple bankruptcies. He has openly displayed his lack of empathy. He has not demonstrated any attitude of acceptance of cultural diversity — in fact his 2016 ‘MAGA’ has become a mantra for his base.

The goal is to make gross generalizations, make them big, scary and a threat to his base. Voila! You have divided your base into the ‘with us’ or ‘against us’ binary choice.

Is America tired? Yes.

Is America emotionally empty? Yes.

Have we learned any lessons? Hmmm. Maybe?

Changing Precedents — Executive Orders

Donald Trump is never encumbered by tradition, history, or even law.

Time after time, Trump has flouted tradition and acted in ways that even his base agree is unpresidential.

Most recently, we see use of the White House for political campaign speeches, foreign embassadors used for his and their…

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Libby Winkler

Freelance writer who loves exploring the messiness of humanity, while poking around in nooks of life and shining light on all the things that make us complex..