Letter for Monday, Jan. 16, 2017

• Trump era off to shaky start

I find the Donald Trump era off to a shaky start.

The election is over and yet the country stands largely divided.

The Hollywood elite has turned on the president-elect. Broadway plays and recent award ceremonies have been platforms for actors and actresses to spew their hated toward Trump. There is a time and place for everything. Award ceremonies such as the Golden Globes are not the proper venue to give a hate speech on politics, as Meryl Streep recently did. An evening of relaxation at a Broadway play is not the forum for actors to go off politically on the vice-president-elect, either.

I have been open about my support for Trump and during the election many times wrote about the closet Trump supporters. I believe those closet supporters are the ones whom helped get him elected. The sad part is even after voting for him they have still stayed closeted and anonymous.

I was recently at a public event and two well-known local politicians whom I did not think even knew me came up to me and thanked me for my numerous opinion pieces in The Garden Island newspaper about Trump. I asked, “Did you like them?” They replied, “Of course, we love Trump, but do not feel comfortable talking about him in public. That’s why we appreciate you.”

I have become somewhat of a fall guy. Even religious leaders have said they appreciate me because I come out openly. They are afraid because of the backlash they may receive from liberal-minded congregants for doing likewise.

It’s somewhat ironic that I have lost many liberal-minded friends but at the same time do not have the open support of other Trump supporters. I feel like I am living in the Twilight Zone.

I go to see my psychiatrist and tell him, “Oh boy, everybody hates me over this Trump situation,” and the psychiatrist says “That’s not true, everybody hasn’t met you yet.” (LOL)

I said it during the election: people need to come out of the closet. Big news folks, it’s not fake news! Trump won the election! It’s time to openly celebrate!

James “Kimo” Rosen, Kapaa

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