Trump has cost me a lot of online acquaintances as well, but really, I was just wasting my time talking to them anyway.I suspect "lol calm down" has lost many people here and everywhere people we considered family, friends, and/or acquaintances. Trump has done a service to us all. He sent a fire through everything, and we learned of people who didn't really care about us that we thought did, people who will brook no dissent or criticism. I cvertainly have lost a couple of dozen people I've known for many years just for holding the position. "Relax, this isn't the end of the world, he's no worse than Carter" means you're an alt-right, incel, misogynist, white supremacist, and that's the end of the story to those fucks. It's a favour. Why would I want to waste my precious time (or precious bodily fluids, to reference Dr. Strangelove) on people like that?
Yep. Trump was a lantern on people's baser instincts and lack of integrity.
Not to say I like him. I like the results, though. I think he's a cunt I'd have a hard time not punching if I met him in person, I suspect. Still, respect for his ability to jam a stick in the cultural spokes, and see who gets back up to keep pedalling, and who then demands someone else's bike through the threat of violence.