President Donald Trump is going to win his reelection campaign in 2020, and everyone knows it. You know it, I know it, Republicans know, and Democrats especially know it.
You know they know it because in the midst of the 2020 Democrat candidates doing their best to campaign for a primary win, Democrat activists and lawmakers have been more focused on things like trying to find any tiny chance that the Mueller investigation would produce something damning, or attempting to convince Michelle Obama to run, even after the lineup has been decided.
But desperate times call for desperate measures, and Democrat women have finally decided to see if magic will help them win in 2020.
You didn’t misread that. They’re casting spells and resorting to the occult.
Not that it’s anything new. Witchcraft has been surging since Trump’s election. Even celebrities have been in on the idea of gathering together to cast spells on Trump to make him fail.
They’re not working.
According to The Guardian, women are turning to the idea of being witches more and more thanks to a few factors. One is the reemergence of witches in pop-culture and the idea that Trump has brought the full force of the patriarchy down on the nation. In fact, author Sady Doyle noted that it’s also likely that witches are making a comeback out of spite based on, according to them, how 2016 Democrat failure Hillary Clinton was treated like a witch during Republican rallies:
When the witch emerged as a contemporary figure of resistance, it was hard to tell where she came from; Hollywood iconography, feminist history, the coming of age of the Craft generation or just the optics of the 2016 election, in which a presumed-to-be-monstrous woman was ritually castigated by a man who led crowds in chants of “lock her up”. Watching the chants take over the floor at the Republican national convention, Rebecca Traister wrote: “I was not the only person in the room to be reminded of 17th-century witch trials, the blustering magistrate and rowdy crowd condemning a woman to death for her crimes.” The new feminist identification with witches seemed to draw from every version of the myth at once: mystical and monstrous, feminist academia and horrorcore aesthetics, drawing them together in one angry, intentionally ugly repudiation of American patriarchy.
Doyle wrote that Trump’s election was a breaking point. Interesting choice of words, as turning to magic definitely sounds like something you’d do when you have a breakdown of some sort. With the supposed rise of the patriarchy, Doyle wrote that women turned from “the patriarchy’s gods” and moved toward an “old, dark power”:
But the old, dark power – the choice to worship something other than patriarchy’s gods, to reject and read backward the narratives of the dominant culture – was still there. The Trump administration represented a breaking point for many women. After decades in which sophisticated thinkers dismissed patriarchy as simplistic or irrelevant, it was revealed to be alive, well and out for blood – the ethos which still ruled the US government and defined, or ended, countless women’s lives.
It’s near the end that Doyle seems to get a bit on the creepily poetic side. She writes as if she’s speaking like she’s giving a monologue over a movie’s montage of women grabbing their black robes and pointed hats before making their way into the woods in droves. It comes off kind of awkward, mostly because Doyle seems to be taking this witch stuff way too seriously:
The witch lives between dark and daylight, the safely settled village and the wild unknown of the woods beyond. The backlash years of the early 21st century revealed to many women something we had always suspected: we had never belonged to that daylight world. We had tried; we had worked; we had been loyal to the rules and values of society as we knew it. But, no matter how far we thought we had come, or how often our mothers told us we could do anything, we still lived within a system that used female bodies as grist to maintain male rule. In the story that patriarchy told about itself, we were always going to be the villains. And if that was the case, we might as well make some magic out of it.
If the village didn’t want us, we might as well head out into the woods.
There is a fire on the horizon. You can see it burning, out on the edges of the world. The violence we have survived can be our guide to what needs to change. The fire that burned the witches can be the fire that lights our way. Our power is waiting for us, out in forbidden spaces, beyond the world of men. Step forward and claim it. Step forward into the boundless and female dark.
In truth, witchcraft is really just another form of leftist “feel-goodism.” It’s the fantasy that helps the left believe that they’re changing things for the better, though really, they’re just making fools of themselves. A part of them knows that, even if they profess to believe it.
Trump’s win and his impending reelection are making people lose it. Those desperate to find something to hold onto as things continue to progress out of their control are going to resort to crazy things to make themselves feel more stable. For many Democrat women, that thing is turning to the dark magic of delusion.