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Patricia Arquette Explains Why She’ll ‘Never Laugh’ When Looking Back at The Trump Years

There's nothing to laugh at.

It is a natural reaction for people to want to slightly romanticize hard times in retrospect. It’s very difficult to process that you’ve been through a personal trauma, let alone a national one like the Trump era. So as humans, we tend to try to do it in a way that makes us less uncomfortable.

During the Trump term, even many liberals could be found saying things like they’d rather have had another term of George W. Bush. But Bush is a war criminal who destroyed families, crippled the economy, and left a legacy of devastation as the instigator of the longest war in American history.

Will we do the same with Trump as the years pass? Will we remember him as merely a cartoonish oaf, like we have re-characterized Bush as having been?

One person absolutely will not: Patricia Arquette.

In an interview with The Guardian while promoting her new Ben Stiller-directed (and critically acclaimed) show Severance, she was asked about her time as a vocal women’s rights activist and anti-Trump critic, and whether she thought we would look back and laugh at his time in office:

No, I’ll never laugh at him. It’s shocking how much destruction to the the democracy he was capable of doing in such a little time. I just feel like we’re in the middle of a never-ending emergency triage in America.

Arquette was positive about her life now, post-Trump, and I think perhaps we all share some of that “let’s get back to brunch” mentality that the exit of a madman brings with it. But I hope that as a nation we all can do our best to remember just how scary those years were, and recognize the fact that some things fundamentally changed permanently as a result. If we end looking back and laughing, we run the risk of it happening again.

Andrew Simpson
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Andrew is a dark blue speck in deep red Southwestern Arizona, writing with the conviction of 17 years at the keyboard and too much politics to even stand. When not furiously stabbing the keys on breaking news stories, he writes poetry, prose, essays, haiku, lectures, stories for grief therapy, wedding ceremonies, detailed instructions on making doughnuts from canned biscuit dough (more sugar than cinnamon — duh), and equations to determine the airspeed velocity of an unladen swallow. A wife, three kids, and a grandson round out the story, and in his spare time, Andrew loves to think about how nice it would be to have spare time.

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