If you don’t already know my story (and you should) I’m a homeless American man who has lived in and out of a van for the last 5 years. This is because I gave up a normal life in exchange for the life of a whistleblower when I leaked documents proving force-placed insurance fraud.
In that 5 years, I worked with Anonymous, Occupy, and a variety of government regulators before working my way through the media as a gonzo journalist. I’m an avid pothead and gamer who was sent to jail twice last year defending my freedom of speech and press.
I stopped voting in the 2012 election, and haven’t voted since because I already spend my time working to change the world on a much more personal level than voting would ever accomplish.
Although I’m still working on squeezing the last remaining life out of fraudulent foreclosures, what’s been bothering me more lately is the increased levels of intolerance, hate, and vitriol I’ve seen this year revolving around Donald Trump.
Trump himself isn’t the problem. We’ve all grown up knowing who Donald Trump is – he’s one of the richest and most famous people in North America and the modern world. Nothing he says surprises me, but what does rub me the wrong way is all the constant online intolerance shown by the hipster, armchair-activist-because-it’s-cool crowd everywhere online.
It’s impossible to go on any media- social, online, or mainstream – without seeing a wave of hatred against Donald Trump. Anyone who supports him must be a complete asshole idiot who’s uninformed and an ignorant and lesser human being.
Take this comment from some random asshat in response to a comment I made on a completely non-Trump-related issue:
Now this former Marine, Darreth uses “Drumpf” as some sort of retarded Alfred E. Newman-style pun on Trump and continues to berate me throughout the comments for being a Trump supporter. The problem with the hatred this “man” is spewing is that I very specifically mention I’m not a Trump supporter in the original comment:
So what basically happened was this alleged “Marine” proved himself to be either completely illiterate or so full of hatred and intolerance that the only response he’s capable of is to label anyone he feels superior to as a Trump supporter (though, he’ll use lame, outdated Mad Magazine dad humor to get that point across).
Of course, coming from a military family, I have plenty of dumbass Marine jokes in my pocket for situations like this in which a thickheaded imbecile tries to one-up me, but that’s not the point of this post.
The point of this post is to point out how completely ignorant, intolerant, and almost comically illiterate Trump’s detractors seem to be. This “Marine’ is so blinded by rage toward a man he’s never met (both Trump and myself) that he can’t even function as a normal, adjusted adult. Instead he spews venomous comments online that make no sense within the context of the conversation other adults are having.
What makes this situation even funnier and more ironic is the undeniable fact that this theme of intolerance among Trump’s detractors is coming from the people who will tell you they’re the most tolerant people on Earth.
It’s Enough to Make Me Vote Trump
The smug and self-righteous posts of so many people either swearing Bernie Sanders is the next Jesus because he talks like Larry David or Donald Trump supporters must be idiots throughout the Internet is the new Nickelback. It’s a trend followed only by blind sheep with no real taste.
Throwing stones at the man’s name doesn’t accomplish anything except make you look like an idiot to everyone else, and nobody ever changed their minds about politics because someone called them an idiot. This is how I know I won’t be changing anyone’s mind with this post, but that’s not the point of the post either.
The point of this post is to document a point in history, just like I do with every other post I write. I’m documenting the way people are acting today so people of tomorrow have a chance to see that things have always been this way.
People have always thought of themselves as being individually smarter than the herd. People have always judged those they feel are lesser than they are and gone out of their way to try to ruin other people’s day.
When I was a kid, adults would always comment on how mean kids can be and assure me that things get better as an adult, but that is a complete lie. Over time, you’re likely to come across the kindness of many people, but good and evil exist in all adults, and much of the time, you will find yourself on the wrong end of the stick.
In 2016, the people on the wrong end of the stick are Donald Trump and his supporters, which account for over 30% of registered Republicans. These are the people society says it’s OK to mock and be rude to. These are the invisibles whose lives have been deemed unworthy by the supposed “good” people of our society. These are the embattled minority who the trendy population of our time decided deserve to be treated like lesser human beings and mocked relentlessly.
So instead of joining the flock of mindless zombies who blindly attack Trump supporters as though they’re unworthy of the universal love they hypocritically preach without practicing, I choose to stand with my embattled brothers and sisters and weather the abuse with them. I will always choose David over Goliath, good over evil, and heroes over villains…and those of you running around spewing hatred toward Donald Trump and his supporters aren’t on the side you think you are.
To me, a homeless whistleblower who sacrificed the last 5 years of my life to fight an unwinnable battle against banks that are too big to fail, the smug people who think showing up once every 4 years to cast a vote for an Obama or Sanders in hopes that someone else will fix a system they’re too ignorant to even learn the first thing about are the real villains.
And even you I don’t hate, but I would much rather listen to Donald Trump than you, because at least he’s entertaining.
Brian Penny is a former Business Analyst and Operations Manager turned whistleblower, troll, and freelance writer. His work appears in High Times, Huffington Post, Fast Company, Hardcore Droid, Lifehack, and The Street.