Email #50, Subject: “unite around our new Commander in Chief”?

You wrote the Monday after the inauguration: “While we all have our differences, we are one nation, and now is the time to unite around our new Commander in Chief.” While I agree with the sentiment, on that same Monday President Trump reiterated his claim that he only lost the popular vote because millions voted illegally. I have asked you already to either substantiate or refute this claim, but you have done neither. All news sources, including Fox News, consider it false. The President repeated his claim during a bipartisan meeting with members of Congress, undermining any chance of uniting the two parties. The President in fact seems to oppose unification. On the first day of January, he tweeted: “Happy New Year to all, including to my many enemies and those who have fought me and lost so badly they just don’t know what to do. Love!” How can we “unite around our new Commander in Chief” when he mocks those of us who voted against him? He also said in his inauguration speech that “the time for empty talk is over.” If your call to “unite” is more than empty talk, what steps are you taking to actually promote it?

Chris Gavaler

 

Author: Chris Gavaler

Chris Gavaler is an associate professor at W&L University, comics editor of Shenandoah, and series editor of Bloomsbury Critical Guides in Comics Studies. He has published two novels: School for Tricksters (SMU 2011) and Pretend I’m Not Here (HarperCollins 2002); and six books of scholarship: On the Origin of Superheroes (Iowa 2015), Superhero Comics (Bloomsbury 2017), Superhero Thought Experiments (with Nathaniel Goldberg, Iowa 2019), Revising Fiction, Fact, and Faith (with Nathaniel Goldberg, Routledge 2020), Creating Comics (with Leigh Ann Beavers, Bloomsbury 2021), and The Comics Form (Bloomsbury forthcoming). His visual work appears in Ilanot Review, North American Review, Aquifer, and other journals.

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