Things don’t really change.
I tracked down some articles and Tweets from 2012–to do a little comparing and contrasting.
“…I confess confusion as to how even 20% [of Christians] could find a way to vote for Obama and still remain true to Scripture.”
“A Christian who supports Trump either does not understand this person and his positions, or supports him in spite of Christian convictions.”
“What subhuman varmint believes others must pay for their obesity, booze, cellphones, birth control, and abortions…?”
“Oh my god oh my god oh my god this is what misogyny looks like. The hatred for a woman so deep that they will literally vote for the foulest.”
THEN: Sean Hannity says Americans deserved this; excluding himself.
“Americans you get the government you deserve… and it pains me to say this, but America right now deserves Barack Obama…Good luck with that.”
NOW: ABFoundation implies Americans deserved this, excluding itself.
“The billionaire Republican businessman is close to winning the race and world markets are crashing. He’s all yours, America. He’s all yours.”
— ABFoundation (@ABFalecbaldwin) November 9, 2016
THEN: The losing side gets laughed at for all of their crying (and threatening to move)…
I can’t stop crying.America died.
– Victoria Jackson, November 7, 2012
“I am honestly scared for the future of this country if Obama is re-elected and am seriously considering moving to a different country…”
“I can’t stop crying 😦 I can’t believe this world. You people are idiots. Still for #RomneyRyan2012.”
“We need to just take a break and just cry…”
“Literally can’t stop crying though?? Don’t try and tell me this is “just an election” because if that was the case i wouldn’t be crying.”
“I am literally shaking. I feel like I need to vomit. I want to cry. My heart hurts.”
THEN: Glenn Beck rallied his troops with his survival plan…
“I’ve been telling you for a long time, and I’ve told my own staff. If the President wins [re-election], I don’t know how we survive…May I recommend, if you have a chance to buy farmland as a family, you buy farmland… Find a place where you are surrounded by like-minded people… Get your kids away from the schools indoctrinating them that socialism is okay… “
NOW: John Pavlovitz is putting together a survival plan…
“If you pastor, lead, or attend a church that claims to be about the Gospel and to love diversity, I hope you’re putting together a specific and practical plan to protect the marginalized members of the communities in which you minister, and plan to speak explicitly to your people and community about bullying, harassment, and intimidation.”
I want to see more!
Threatening to move?
Demonizing the other side?
If you’ve got examples of history repeating itself, show me!