If you believe liberal writers and pundits apocalyptic post-election musings, “Donald Trump’s America” is no place to raise a child.
The latest of these was in Elle magazine last week. Titled “I’m Terrified of Raising a Boy in Trump’s America,” Jo Piazza claims to be afraid of how her son will turn out with a man like Trump as president.
“How can I explain to a little boy that the year he was born, the president of the United States was an admitted sexual predator who treats women (including his own daughters) as ‘pieces of ass’? ”
That’s her unborn son she’s worried about, by the way. Even if Trump serves two terms, Piazza’s boy will still be under 8 years old.
This isn’t the first time Elle, ostensibly a fashion magazine, has tackled the issue of raising children in the supposedly terrifying dystopia of Trump-era America.
The day after the election, Megan Angelo wrote about teaching her 2-year-old to say “Madam President” the night before the vote. Angelo wrote: “When you’re staring down the barrel of your kids’ formative years coinciding with a Trump presidency, it’s hard not to flip half your Facebook friends the finger and move out of the country.”
Spoiler alert: She decided to stay in America.
“The children” are not a new prop in political discourse, of course. Former Sen. Harry Reid, in one of many displays that show we should be thrilled about finally putting the word “former” before his title, reported that seeing Trump bumper stickers made his 10-year-old granddaughter “tense.” Ali Wentworth, wife of ABC News chief political correspondent George Stephanopoulos, said her 11-year-old is so scared she’s sleeping in her parents’ bed.
And these stories are just in the last few weeks. The immediate aftermath of the election had parents struggling to talk to their toddlers about life under a Donald Trump “regime.” Yes, toddlers.