I met a troll today on Facebook. Like most trolls he wasn’t minding his business in his own neighborhood. He interrupted a conversation between friends to jump in with his two bits. “Mike” wasn’t a drive by troll, he stayed and stayed. He started out with subtle name calling. I’d never been called a snowflake before and had to look it up in an urban dictionary to get it. He offered me cocoa and crayons as if I were a child he could help feel better about the results of the election.
I got curious about Mike and went to his Facebook page to get a feel for him. Mike lives in San Leon, TX. He’s single (imagine that) and he indicates he’s a Wrecker Driver. Throughout his trolling he was clear about how hard he works and how tired he was that his earnings were providing “free money” to others. He wasn’t initially very specific about who was getting the free money. It wasn’t until later it became “You People” that it became crystal clear.
Mike talked about “your Obama care” and was excited about all the extra money he’d have in his pocket as a result of the new administration. I asked him specifically how that would happen? I don’t want to assume anything but Mike didn’t appear like he’d benefit from ending the “estate tax” which primarily benefits the rich. The Trump tax plan has no basis in reality according to everyone that wasn’t Trump and now Mike I guess.
Mike’s Facebook Page suggests he has a real problem with what is considered racist. He singled out Voter ID laws as being quite undeserving of that title despite its obvious racist effect. I would ask Mike to consider if Voted ID laws were ever introduced without several companion laws that serve no purpose except to restrict minorities and other target groups likely to vote Democrat from having that opportunity. In his home State of Texas, the day after the Supreme Court gutted the Voter Rights Act. Texas implemented highly targeted Voter Suppression laws which were soon found Unconstitutional. The current Attorney General is still fighting that battle saying the legislature had enacted, “common sense voting regulations.” I supposed it was coincidental they primarily affected Hispanic, Black and poor voters. Mike probably didn’t think about that.
Mike shared a negative meme about Black Lives Matter. Mike didn’t say much himself but his friends commented about Black people being lazy, inherently inferior and thieves. Mike apparently shared their sentiment as he “liked” some of those comments.
I tried “real hard” like Samuel L Jackson in Pulp Fiction to follow Mike’s thought process as he trolled. He seemed to get progressively angry as he was mostly mocked by the invited guests on the page. That’s when he got to “you people.” When questioned about the term he clarified it by saying, “Yes you people, racist lefties.” He invoked the racism of others a few times I think as a first strike approach to keeping from being called one himself. It amazes me when people who support racist activities (like voter suppression), maintain relationships with other racists like his friends commenting on his page and troll the pages of Black people can’t imagine for an instant that they themselves are racist. Well Mike, I’m here to tell you. You’re one. Mike completely lost me when he inquired, “Do any of you believe in God?” I’m praying for you right now Mike!
There was another troll interjecting himself in the conversation (coincidentally named Mike as well from which I draw no inference). That Mike only had memes to contribute and when visiting a page typically inhabited by writers. To that Mike I can only say, next time bring your words.