When Life Gives You Lemons …
Wednesday morning after the election, on learning that a bullying and hate speaking businessman was to be our next POTUS, my brain stopped working properly. I fed the cat, made a hot breakfast drink, put out my nutritional supplements for the day, and sat down to eat breakfast – only to see I’d failed to make any food. Then I couldn’t quite remember what I usually have for breakfast.
Poet Mary Karr wrote about Trump’s hate speech and language of bullying in a post-election New Yorker series of articles called “AFTERMATH: Responses to the election of Donald J. Trump” (New Yorker, 11/21/2016):
“At the risk of sounding like a total candy-ass, I swear I have developed P.T.S.D. from the venom of this election.” She went on to say “Those of us who experienced trauma as children, often at the hands of bullies, felt old wounds open up just hearing Trump’s fierce idiom of outrage. … Language is key. Trump’s taunting ‘nyah-nyah’s are the idiom of threat and vengeance. … The vicious language of this election has infected the whole country with enough anxiety and vitriol to launch a war.”