Only Trump Has a Chance to Bring the Country Together—and It's Slight
An example of this is the recent revelation—from a poll conducted by YouGov—that nearly a third of our younger generation (millennials and Generation Z) believe that more people were killed under George W. Bush than under Joseph Stalin—a terrifyingly uneducated view that could be refuted with one Google click. The depressing part of it is that this historical blindness is not that astonishing at this point. Our culture is that far gone.
Given this problem, it would be wise for Trump--if he wins--to reach out to people on his own side who have opposed him, difficult as that may be. (Magnanimity has never been Donald's long suit, but it's not so hard when you're the winner.) Early in the campaign I wrote that the error frequently made by the NeverTrumpers was that they failed to reach out to Donald, a man who usually likes you if you like him. A lot of things may have been different if they had. They could have made more of an impact. But those are bygones and we are where we are.
Two weeks out from this election, which is now beginning to seem closer than it did only a few days ago, the biggest concern is for the future of this nation. How do we walk back all the hate? I'm not sure we'll be able to, but if we don't....
Roger L. Simon is an award-winning novelist, Academy Award-nominated screenwriter and co-founder of PJ Media. His latest book is I Know Best: How Moral Narcissism Is Destroying Our Republic, If It Hasn't Already.