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Opinion: How 'The Golden Girls' would handle Donald Trump

September 13, 2020. Summarized by summa-bot.

Whatever your interpretation of "The Golden Girls," the show is about love, says author Jim Colucci, while President Donald Trump is about fear. Colucci draws on his deep knowledge and love of the show, which premiered 35 years ago this week, to show how the Girls' approach to life would never comport with the Trump agenda -- or anyone who votes for it.

(CNN)If you're a supporter of President Donald Trump, stop watching "The Golden Girls" -- because you're just wasting your time.

As a gay man, and having spoken to many other LGBTQ viewers, I know that we love the show because, like so many of us who are rejected by our relatives, the Girls chose each other as a surrogate family.

Still other fans enjoyed how "The Golden Girls," whose seven-year run began 35 years ago this week, tackled the most troubling issues of their day -- many of which remain problems today -- with both humor and the graceful, loving point of view that comes with decades of life experience.

These "Girls" were women who had learned a thing or two about empathy, love and support.

When the Girls met Blanche's gay brother, or Dorothy's lesbian friend, they expanded their minds and their hearts to welcome them into their home.

Don't contact me to talk about or celebrate the Girls if in your heart you're fine with Trump telling the world that I as an LGBTQ person, or my loved ones as immigrants, are less than equal.

Don't tell me how you enjoyed watching the Girls with your grandma if you're fine with a President who, rather than confront a pandemic that is disproportionately killing the elderly, has waved away the deaths of more than 192,000 Americans and counting with the phrase, "It is what it is. "

Whatever your interpretation, the show's bottom line remains: "The Golden Girls" is about love.

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