Dear Trump supporter, (Believe me - I am writing 'dear' with great difficulty today)
If you didn't see the writing on the wall in Charlottesville ("Good people on both sides") or the avalanche of tweets inciting violence over the last four years, or even way back when Trump started a racist conspiracy theory on Obama's birth certificate and so many other sickening examples of racism and incitement for violence by Trump... YOU WERE BLIND.
Are you still blind as you watch the U.S Capitol halted and hijacked by domestic terrorists, conspiracy theorists, white supremacists, violent cult followers (because let's face it - Trumpism is a cult), and traitors to democracy?
I grew up in a heavily conflicted country: Israel.
And in 1995 the prime mister of Israel Yitzhak Rabin was making significant steps towards peace and was assassinated by a domestic terrorist who was incited for violence by the political opposition to Rabin and the peace process. (Among those opposing political figures and perhaps the loudest voice - was the current prime minister Benjamin "Bibi" Nethanyahu.)
Twenty-five years later - there is no peace in the region yet.
It sadly seems that more than a man was killed on that day on November 4th, 1995. (Watch the film 'Incitement' about this - you can watch it for free online and it's EXCELLENT)
In 1995 I was just a kid, but I remember the shock, the hurt, the disappointment, the loss when Rabin died, and with him the peace process at the time.
I feel similar feelings now as I watch this atrocious embarrassing chapter in American history, and while Trump is to blame for inciting violence, any of you supporters who have turned a blind eye to it are also complicit.
I realize this may come of deaf ears and blind eyes. And I realize that shaming you for your political choices will not win in any debate against you. I know I cannot convince you that you are WRONG, MISINFORMED and DELUSIONAL with 'the election was stolen!' rhetoric.
So why am I writing to you then!?
Seems like speaking to my echo chamber of people who are in total agreement with me won't reach you either, so at least confronting you with my thoughts - as tough to hear as they may be - has a better chance that they will make you THINK. Or see things a bit differently. A tiny bit.
Call me an optimist... but I believe there is a chance. A small chance... but a chance nonetheless.
Hey! People leave cults all the time... and SO CAN YOU!!!
Rooting for you and for us all for a saner world, where facts & science matter, where violence shouldn't be incited by the leader of the free world, and where you aren't blinded by hate and fear but rather make choices out of love to others.
In April 2020, while experiencing her first ever global pandemic, Tamar Pelzig pledged to write something every day, even if it's only a word, so she welcomed to the world a daily blog to keep her creative writing wheels rolling.
Header Art: Daniel Landerman