Sean Davis

Khmer Orange

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Our Dunning-Kruger president has inspired millions of followers to amplify baseless opinions as facts, it’s time to stop arguing with them and just act.


We are living in a new anti-intellectual era, something like a Khmer Orange.

Before, when I witnessed our government doing something wrong, I’d write an essay about it with facts that would back up my opinion. I would post about it on social media and many people with differing perspectives would comment and we’d go back and forth. Today, this doesn’t work with this new Republican Party. Most Trump supporters will not read anything beyond a meme or maybe the first paragraph of a news agency that backs up their opinion, most the time with more opinions and no sources or facts.

I can’t count the times when Trump believed he proved his own point by saying, “many people believe” or “people are saying.” I wish once a reporter would ask him, “Who, what people?”

Our Dunning-Kruger president has spawned millions of little Dunning-Kruger poly-sci experts. I have a cousin who shared a meme showing all the government agencies this administration cut funding to; the title of the meme was “Draining the Swamp” and at the bottom it read, “Can’t argue with the results.” He took the meme down, probably after noticing a few of the agencies whose funding were cut could have saved lives during this pandemic. It would seem, to any rational mind, that cutting funding to the National Institute of Health and the World Health Organization during a pandemic would be a bad idea. In 2018, the Centers for Disease Control was forced to cut its epidemic disease activities around the globe by 80% due to Trump’s budget cuts.


We need to stop defending our points of view and start acting. We need to stop wasting our time arguing with MAGA hats and inspire our youth and find the independent voters. 


There you go, my opinion is that Trump’s blatant ineptitude has killed tens of thousands of Americans who could have been saved. I backed it up with facts, but going back to my original subject, he may have saved money by cutting those agencies, but where do you think that money went? In October of last year, the US deficit hit an all-time high, or close to a trillion dollars. Why? When the Trump tax cuts went through, he told us that it would be “like rocket fuel for the economy.” It looks like we exploded before takeoff. The tax cuts did not work and tanked our stock markets before the pandemic hit. We lost the trade war despite Trump saying “trade wars are good, easy to win.”

I understand that my essays are opinion-based, but I’ve stopped defending them from these far-right attacks because I’ve found that there aren’t always two sides to a story. If some idiot paints the fog line on the other side of the guard rail, that doesn’t mean I need to readjust the middle of the road. These Dunning-Kruger experts that back up insane claims and conspiracy theories don’t need to be given a chance to explain themselves.

For instance, Joe Biden’s interview with Charlamagne tha God. Trying hard to recapture the black vote of his VP days with Obama, Biden gaffed and said, “If you have a problem figuring out whether you’re for me or Trump, then you ain’t black.”

This dumb mistake rightfully made it into the news cycle. It was talked about just when the news was picking up the next story, Biden apologizes. This made the news cycle too. Everyone spoke about that and he was given twice the coverage than any of the insane or dumb things Trump said over the same weekend while golfing. I’ll just skim over the fact that he promised in his campaign that he’d never golf or leave the White House and he’s, by far, done more than any other president in history. Instead, let me just cover the highlights of his conspiracy theories in idiocracy (that he did not apologize for) from a recent CNN article:


  • Retweeted a post calling 2016 Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton a “skank.”
  • Retweeted a post suggesting—contrary to science—that hydroxychloroquine is an effective treatment for coronavirus, adding these words: “Many physicians agree with you. Also, some very good studies!”
  • Retweeted a photo of former 2018 Georgia gubernatorial nominee Stacey Abrams that included these words: “She fought a tough race, kissed a lot of babies and visited every buffet restaurant in the State.”
  • Retweeted two doctored photos of House Speaker Nancy Pelosi—one with a Trump 2020 face mask on and one with duct tape over her mouth. The tweet said: “To protect PolyGrip during this pandemic, we have developed 2 options. With the DJT option, she will be able to tongue and adjust her dentures more easily. With duct tape, she won’t be able to drink booze on the job as much.”
  • Tweeted, with no evidence or proof, that mail-in ballots will produce “the greatest Rigged Election in history.”
  • Retweeted an article about the death of an intern in then-Florida Rep. Joe Scarborough’s office, adding: “So a young marathon runner just happened to faint in his office, hit her head on his desk, & die? I would think there is a lot more to this story than that?”
  • Tweeted this unfounded speculation about the 1990s death of the intern in Scarborough’s office: “A blow to her head? Body found under his desk? Left Congress suddenly? Big topic of discussion in Florida…and, he’s a Nut Job (with bad ratings). Keep digging, use forensic geniuses!”
  • Tweeted that former Attorney General Jeff Sessions should drop out of the Alabama Senate race—accusing him of having “no courage, & ruined many lives.”


My point is that we need to be done arguing with the ignorant on why we need an adult in the Oval office. We need to stop giving fools equal footing. I mean this in a broader sense with the media, news, and such, but I also mean it in our own lives. I’m not going to convince my cousin that sharing a meme that says “Guns won’t fill the emptiness in your soul… you also need ammunition” means that he has an emptiness in his soul.

Mark Twain was right when he said, “It’s easier to fool people than to convince them they’ve been fooled.” We need to stop defending our points of view and start acting. We need to stop wasting our time arguing with MAGA hats and inspire our youth and find the independent voters. We need to stop talking and act.


Sean Davis

Sean Davis is the author of The Wax Bullet War, a Purple Heart Iraq War veteran, and a community leader in Northeast Portland, Oregon. His latest stories, essays, and articles have appeared in various magazines and media sources such as HUMAN the Movie, the international fashion magazine Flaunt, Forest Avenue's forthcoming anthology City of Weird, and much more.

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