Supporters of Democrats are feeling the heat as their representatives are fighting to impeach President Donald Trump—pushing a strictly partisan process that has been dividing the country.
The New York Times’s Sarah Lyall in a Dec. 13 column pointed out just how the “past three years have not been easy” for “the political fortunes or the emotional health of America’s Democrats,” and why so many Democrats feel “awful” even with the “potential catharsis of impeachment proceedings” against President Trump.
Lyall argued that a portion of the American public is generally displeased with the current political climate, while others feared that the candidate they back simply doesn’t have what it takes to get nominated.
“Some people are suffering from general political angst,” Lyall analyzed. “Others have specific qualms: a concern that their favorite candidate lacks that essential quality—electability; a worry that fellow Democrats will become disillusioned if their chosen candidate fails to get the nomination and will vote for a third-party candidate, or for Mr. Trump, or for no one at all—the “Bernie or Nobody” scenario.”
In “the vast field of bickering Democratic candidates, so many candidates that it can be hard to keep them straight, so many candidates that they seem at risk of canceling each other out and failing at the one job they are theoretically meant to do: win the election,” Lyall wrote.
Americans seem to have mixed feelings about the upcoming election amid an ongoing impeachment inquiry, as well as the past three year since President Trump has been elected.
Dr. Barry A. Farber, a therapist and professor of psychology and education at Columbia University’s Teachers College, in his compilation of a series of papers titled “Clowns to the Left of Me, Jokers to the Right: Politics and Psychotherapy” blasted both sides of the House, arguing how politics is bringing back old traumas and new fears.
But Farber specifically pointed out that liberal Democrats—making up the vast majority of his and his colleagues’ patients—are in denial that President Trump was elected.
“Why can’t all those liberals just accept that fact that he won?” Farber said.
A resident from rural Georgia, Mac Macnair, said that she would like fellow Democrats to pick a more moderate candidate in the upcoming election, so that Republicans would no longer feel estranged or fear that candidate as Democrats feel toward President Trump.
“Frankly, it breaks my heart and crushes my soul that people are so divided in this country,” Macnair said. “I try so hard to find common ground on issues we can find common ground on.”
Beverly Hall, a Biden supporter, said she doesn’t feel great about the election.
“If they’re not going to get along, they need to keep quiet,” the 63-year-old Hall said.