On Wednesday, November 22nd, Politico published an editorial from Mark Bauerlein, an English professor at Emory University who supports President Donald Trump. The article was entitled "This Is What It’s Like to Be the Only Trump Fan at Thanksgiving Dinner," and implores readers to try and understand Trump supporters perspectives when arguing over politics at Thanksgiving. After all, Bauerlein argues, Trump may be a misogynist and a racist who's destroying the environment, but he also lets Americans feel proud of their Western heritage.
"I know he's a misogynist, racist, xenophobic bully, BUT he read a speech in Warsaw that touched me. Yay Trump; please pass the turkey!"🙄— 🍂PumpkinSpiceLisa🍂 (@TwisaLisa) November 22, 2017
Though the author delves into an extended digression on why millennials miss Barack Obama, his main point is that every Trump voter has a personal story as to why they support him. Bauerlein, a 58-year-old white male, recalls how he grew up studying the classic authors of the western cannon who created "art for art's sake," ("Dante, Wordsworth and Nietzsche") but found as he grew up that these same figures were now cast in the shadow of controversy and that art, to hear him tell it, has become corrupted by identity and race politics. He misses the old times when he could be proud of his European heritage without having to think about the systematic oppression of women and minorities.
If Trump is the last, best defense of Western civilization, it deserves to die.— Nicholas Hudson (@NicholasSHudson) November 22, 2017
(he isn't and it doesn't)
Holy Christ, this entire thing can be summed up as “Donald Trump makes me feel better as a mid 50s white male, why won’t anyone think of me.”— Steve Ewin (@sillyIRnerd) November 22, 2017
Oh my god. This dude needs a gravy boat dumped on his head.— Sen Sen Basse (@rev_avocado) November 22, 2017