On the same day that actor Will Smith spoke of “cleansing” the country of Trump supporters (thereby demonstrating the same Hitlerian tendencies liberals ascribe to the GOP nominee), a lesser black actor named Donald Glover said something equally inappropriate. “Thank God,” Glover is quoted as saying, “one day Trump is gonna die. That is guaranteed. That is awesome.”
One is tempted to burst the 32-year-old Glover’s bubble by pointing out that everyone — including him — “is gonna die,” but we have other fish to fry.
According to the website Consequence of Sound, which seems to share Glover’s distaste for Trump (author Ben Kaye describes him as “a bloated ham with a Chinese bird’s nest as a hat”), the observation was made during Glover’s promotion of “his new dark comedy on FX.” (I’m pretty sure that calling it a “dark” comedy might be considered racist under the right conditions, but again fish? Fry?)
Why it’s OK to wish Trump and/or his supporters dead is puzzling. It’s not that I believe in jinxes or whammies. Rather, it’s that when Republican Sen. David Perdue in June said of Barack Obama (who, nota bene, is also gonna die one day), “May his days be short and let another have his office,” nobody on the Left (or Right) was laughing.
Slate was so outraged that it felt impelled to chronicle earlier instances of Obama opponents wishing him not well.
The point is that there is no room for talk like this. Sure, the political dialogue in the nation has become preternaturally polarized, and almost any politician is going to be like fingernails on a chalkboard for someone. It is incumbent on all of us to keep our spleen in check.
That goes double for celebrities.