YES. This. All day long. Exhausted from hearing this exact sentiment from the same people who had no problem deciding what was in the hearts of Barack & Michelle Obama. The people who trashed the Obamas, relentlessly, for eight years.
They said that President Obama’s tears after the Newtown school shooting were “faked for the camera,” that Michelle’s #BringBackOurGirls campaign wasn’t really about bringing the girls back, but about “virtue-signalling” on social media, for example. And, more generally, there are all those conservative folks who conveniently forgot how bad their outrage was just a few years ago.
Like in 2008, when anti-Obama protesters lashed out against minorities, often destroying their property, spewing hate speech or committing acts of violence, all because they were upset over having our nation’s first black POTUS. They won’t admit that, of course, but they certainly have no problem suggesting they knew “what was in [Obama’s] heart,” and that’s the reason why they hated him. Because he was “two-faced” or whatever.
Yet somehow, donald trump, the tells-it-like-it-is man, the president who “says what he thinks,” and for whom his enablers justify his racist rhetoric with, “at least we know where he stands; we know what he’s thinking at all times” — somehow, we can’t trust our own instincts to know what’s in his heart (the heart he willingly wears on his sleeve)?
To this day, trump enablers continue being emboldened in their bigoted, hateful, and violent dispositions, despite the fact that, since 2016, anti-Trump protesters have demonstrated their disapproval almost always through peaceful, unified means like solidarity marches. Events that are justified due to Americans’ disdain for a bigoted old white man as POTUS who has gone out of his way to offend, dehumanize, insult, and endanger society’s marginalized, or as “Christians” might call them, “the least of these.”