The Culture of Comedy in Responding to Trump Must Come to an End

When Donald Trump announced his decision to run for president, we all laughed at him. There were even news stories saying that he had paid actors to watch him as he announces his decision to run for president.

During his announcement, he accused Mexicans of being rapists, drug addicts and illegal immigrants to the United States. It should have spelled the end of Trump, but he continued soaring higher. As his campaign progressed, he kept throwing insulting words against Muslims, immigrants, LGBT community, disabled people, soldiers, women and many others.

Perhaps, the only groups of people whom he has not insulted are old, white male- his strong fan base. Despite his strong showing in the polls, no one took him seriously. They thought Americans won’t consider choosing Trump over experienced Republicans running against him during the primaries. He was still at the center of jokes in TV shows and even in regular discussions.

As he inched closer to the Republican nomination, he was still not taken seriously. His gaffes were made fun of. Considering that he is thin-skinned, it was easy to bait him by just insulting him.

After winning the nomination, no one thought he would win the general election. He has pulled the country way too far from the normal decent discussion, without the effort to pivot towards the middle. He continued disparaging people who have insulted him, and even more relentless in bashing his opponent.

Then, came November 9- Election Day. To everyone’s surprise, he won the presidency and crossed the 270-electoral college mark.

He is funny no more

After his election, no one thought he would make good of his crazy campaign promises. Trump proved everyone wrong. He has rescinded several regulations under Obama. He has ordered a raid in Yemen. He has also placed out of the mainstream nominees to his cabinet. He also made good of his promise to ban Muslims from entering the country (although it was halted). He removed regulations protecting the environment. He keeps depicting the media as the opposition for exposing him.

In short, we have come to a point where Trump is no longer funny. He has done too much to still be considered just a funny man. He is the most powerful person in the world. At this point, it is not enough to just make fun of him. He is making true all his campaign promises. He is more dangerous now than ever. It is time to just keep resisting. Let’s take him seriously and help in efforts to prevent him from doing further damage to the United States and the rest of the world.

Yes, we need a break every now and then and find things that can make us laugh amid a Trump presidency. However, when it comes to his policies, they should not be made fun of anymore.

You can support other comedians who can tackle a wide variety of issues outside Trump if you want a good laugh. Buy Daniel Tosh 2017 tickets if you want a different brand of comedy.

 

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