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THIS ISN’T NORMAL: Trump, Ableism, and History

THIS ISN’T NORMAL: Trump, Ableism, and History

Last Thursday, during the Morning Joe debacle, Don Lemmon opened his show by saying this:

“I have heard and said the phrase ‘This is not normal’ so many times and I’m sick of hearing it and I’m sick of saying it.”

At least one Donny with a history of lying is actually speaking the truth these days. I wholeheartedly agree with his statement, but it doesn’t make the phrase less importantly urgent.

It seems as if every day there’s another Republican begrudgingly flipping over to the side who agrees that this is not a normal presidency. I’m not talking “of course it’s not normal, it’s better” kind of statements here either. These right-wing politicians are talking about their president like kids at my middle school talked about lil ol’ neurodivergant me, like he’s the weird kid in the back of the room mumbling about other dimensions and eating paper. Now of course when talking about myself I say something along the lines of “of course I’m not normal, I’m better,” but once again that is not what’s happening in Washington. Whether Trump and I share any diagnosis does not matter because when we say “normal” we are not talking about what the more bigoted members of our society perceive as “normal.”

We are talking about history and we are talking about humanity. We’re talking about what is happening to our country, something that could not be happening if we simply had a “mentally ill” person in the white house. This is especially true since his supporters are the aforementioned more bigoted members of our society who voted with ableism in their hearts anyway.

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Don’t Die: The True Dynamic Duo of Kate Bishop and Clint Barton


Hawkeye..s

One lavender scented heiress with perfect form and one ex-carnie slash arrow-slinging Avenger who probably has to google instructions on how to boil water. What could go wrong?

Turns out, a lot

It doesn’t help that Clint Barton (a.k.a Hawkeye) needs a purpose, a direction, an order, in life and it just so happens to be a day he’s not being bossed around by Captain America or S.H.I.E.L.D. It also doesn’t help that trouble seems to constantly be five feet behind, wanting to ask for his help, and the direction his heart takes him is backwards, right to them. His heart is not a terribly good compass. He gets in over his head and ends up falling off of some great precipice, usually both literal and figurative.

It does help, however, that in Clint’s little vacay from this plane of existence (more or less), his trusty bow was entrusted to wildly talented Kate Bishop (also a.k.a Hawkeye) and it didn’t take long after Clint revealed himself to be alive for her to give him that trust back…not the bow, though, she definitely stole that along with Clint’s respect. She’s got his back when it gets bad…and it helps that she has a car.

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