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Remember way back when in January? And December? And November? When we were all like "Yo…we need to protest and resist Donald Trump at all costs!" and that key term "normalized" — i.e. "don't allow for Trump to be normalized" — became our new favorite word? I've had some health issues recently, so it's possible that perhaps none of this tough talk actually happened and it all just came to me in a fever dream.

Dammit! It did actually happen! A quick google of "Trump normalized" gives over 500,000 results; and the first page of said results shows pieces from The Washington Post, The New York Times, and The New Yorker. No alternative facts there. So this was actually something people talked about and wanted not to happen and demanded wouldn't happen and not just something that came to me in a Theraflu-influenced deep sleep. Drats!


But yeah, all it took was a month — a fucking month! — for rancid bucket of syphilitic diarrhea with sentience Donald Trump to change his tie, see a tailor, read from a teleprompter, and have supposedly "progressive" motherfuckers call his bitch ass "presidential." And this came on the same week a couple dozen of your HBCU-administrating aunts, uncles, and cousins thought it wise to meet and pose for a picture with Darth Strigoi. Which came weeks after each one of his cabinet picks have been confirmed, with little to no resistance.

I wish any of this was, at least, surprising. But whatever.

Damon Young is the editor-in-chief of VSB, a columnist for, and the author of What Doesn't Kill You Makes You Blacker (Ecco/HarperCollins)

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