Since most of my friends know I have an interest in politics, one of the most common questions I receive nowadays is, “Why are people voting for Trump? What are they thinking?”
Even as I write this, Trump has won not one, not two, but five primaries tonight — in Pennsylvania, Connecticut, Rhode Island, Delaware and Maryland.
Well, here’s the answer: most people aren’t thinking. They just don’t flat out understand the dire consequences of electing Trump the leader of the most powerful nation in the world. They don’t realize that people in other countries already view the U.S. as a laughingstock because we’re voting for him.
I try so hard to believe that, in the end, Americans will come to their senses. That they’re really smarter than we give them credit for.
I want to believe it so bad.
And then something happens that makes me realize that, yeah, Americans just aren’t that smart. Look no further than what happened immediately following the release of Beyonce’s new album, “Lemonade,” on Saturday.
The album, which contains the single “Formation” that got people all riled up a couple months ago, is apparently imbued with dark intimations of the singer’s marital struggles with her husband, Jay-Z.
But what’s really the talk of the town is the alleged mistress Jay-Z has apparently had an extramarital affair with, who Beyonce indirectly targets in the album. Her name is Rachel Roy, a fashion designer.
Now it’s only natural that this combative album would motivate Beyonce’s fan base — which has the cringe-inducing nickname of the Bey Hive — to defend their favorite musician .
So they did what any angry person would do in 2016. They went after Rachel Roy’s Instagram. Except for one small problem.
Many of them got the wrong Rachel.
Instead of Rachel Roy, an Internet tirade was launched against Rachael Ray, the celebrity chef.
Never mind that the two have absolutely nothing to do with each other, besides having similarly sounding names. Never mind the fact that a woman who spends most of her life in a studio kitchen baking a quiche for housewives’ entertainment probably would never be involved in an illicit love affair with the world’s most renowned rapper. Never mind that Rachael Ray spells her name RACHAEL.
The Internet created Rachel vs. Rachael, the world’s shittiest sequel to Kramer vs. Kramer.
You see? This is America. These are the people who we so curiously wonder why they are voting for Donald Trump.
We may be the most powerful and influential country in the world. But our electorate doesn’t necessarily reflect that.
Take this as a lesson. If you wonder why Americans think the way they do, remember the tale of two Rachels.
None of which, sadly, involved Rachel from Friends.
Now that is a chick Jay-Z would go for.