We Are All Trolls

Wikipedia defines an online troll as “someone who sows discord on the Internet by starting arguments or upsetting people…with the intent of provoking readers into an emotional response.”

If that’s all it takes to be labeled a troll, you would be hard-pressed to find someone on the Internet who doesn’t act like one.

They are everywhere.

Here are just a few examples:

The anonymous eggs on Twitter who support Mike Pence’s stance to never eat dinner alone with a woman, or attend an event where alcohol is served, without his wife by his side.

The Facebook users who take time out of their busy days to start flame wars with other Facebook users in the comments section of the Detroit Free Press.

Heck, I’m acting troll-ish every time I post something negative about the president on my Facebook page. I don’t do it to bring attention to his ineptitude so much as I do it to bring his supporters out of hiding so that we can get into an honest-to-goodness discussion on the Internet about their justification for supporting him.

I know it’s not a great look, but it’s what these past 103 days have driven me to: acting like a troll.

I need clarity. I need to understand why people I’ve known my whole life have vastly different views than I do on what it takes to lead a country.

To get to that point, I’m willing to troll my friends into an emotional response.

Am I doing it right?