My parents were born in 1954, kids of the 60s generation. My dad hated Vietnam and Richard Nixon and all he stood for. He was greatly traumatized by the nightly death tolls on TV from Nam. He tried to join but was rejected for hypertension; he saw friends come home mentally damaged from the war. He and my hardcore Democratic grandfather would get into fistfights over the war. He tore down my dad’s poster which said something like “war is bad for children and other living things.” He was mistreated and beaten by cops because he had long hair in the 60s and 70s. He cried the day the Gulf War began thinking it was the start of a second Vietnam. He felt it was another phony war that would result in boys dead.
My mother came from an apolitical family as far as she knew; I believe her father was a closet Socialist or left winger. My father voted straight Democratic from his first election in 72 all the way up to Obama in 12. He was somewhat socially conservative in that he was disgusted with B. Clinton’s antics w/ Monica. My mother enthusiastically voted for Clinton in 96, Bush in 00 (which to this day she regrets) and John Kerry in 04. She would watch left wing programs in 03-04 and was a cheerleader against Iraq and Bush to anyone who would listen. Kerry’s loss disheartened her so she never voted again after. My father, who grew up experiencing the end of segregation in the north, forced bussing, cried tears of happiness the night Obama was elected. He was hopeful. Maybe we’d finally all get along.
Then in 2015, suddenly mom turns into, and remains a rabid, really rabid, Trump supporter. She’s seeing all this fake FB crap about Pizzagate and such and believing it. My dad is reeled in too, though less so, saying in 16 that having a businessman as President is a good idea. He now is no longer into politics, but my mom is a diehard Trumpist even now who is all over FB defending the guy. She’s against Mexicans now when she never was before. She’s against this and that, issues she never cared about before. We get into arguments over it. This from a woman who thought Bush was a war criminal and who thought Hugo Chavez was unfairly hounded by Bush.
I’m sure I’m not the only one with this sort of story. What made so many normally moderate to borderline hippie people become Trumpists overnight?