“What happened to your country?” : the poison well of the Trump era
“Why do you Americans hate each other so much? he said, not trying to suppress the emotion of his statement. “I came here because it seemed like a country where you always found a way to access solutions. Today, I don’t see any solutions.
Patrick and his wife settled in southeast Texas, not far from Texas A&M University. (To his credit, he took in stride the then-No. 6 Aggies’ upset loss to his passenger alma deal, Appalachia State, earlier in the day in a 17-14 defensive thriller.) But as Trump and his movement gained momentum, the area “didn’t feel like a good place for a Kenyan and his black wife,” Patrick said.
He sees things in his adopted country only getting worse since his move. Washington, DC, he hoped, would be a diverse capital where people of different races and backgrounds would live together in a spirit of community. It’s not, Patrick said as a man driving a pickup truck unable to slip behind the SUV honking on his horn. “See!” said the Kenyan-born driver.
The country’s politics often sound like the horn splitting the truck’s skull, with politicians firing unfair and unfounded — and just plain wrong — shots at each other. Even when they offer weighted assessments of each other’s intent and job performance, they can’t help but show Patrick’s perceived “hatred.”
Republican Sen. Rick Scott of Florida, a former Sunshine State governor, head of the Senate GOP campaign arm and potential 2024 presidential nominee, offered a reasonable critique of President Joe Biden’s handling, so far. point, of a stalemate between the unions and the railway companies that resulted in an agreement early Thursday morning.