Sidney Sweeney and the Real Problem

Laura Jedeed
7 min readAug 28, 2022

74 Million People Voted for Trump. What Happens When It’s Someone You Know?

It has come to the Internet’s attention that Euphoria actress Sidney Sweeney wore a hat at her mother’s 60th birthday. The red hat, which her mother had custom-made for her guests, was emblazoned with the slogan “Make Sixty Great Again.”

I do not know what Sweeney’s personal politics are but no one else seems interested in finding out so I’m not sure why I should find out either. As with every other fight on the Internet, this conflict has little to do with people at the center of it and everything to do with some larger and intractable social issue. In this case, the real problem is that 74 million people voted for Trump in 2020 and, statistically speaking, a lot of us are related to them.

What do we do about that?

I have called the far right movement proto-fascist for years. What I called far right two years ago is now clearly conservative and increasingly the “proto” drops off of my descriptor. Trump and his propagandists have whipped Republicans into a frenzy. 70 percent of Republicans believe Trump won the election even though every claim of widespread voting fraud has been thoroughly debunked. “Debunked by liberals,” someone retorted on the CPAC stage recently without elaboration: a successful way to dismiss all evidence and…

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Laura Jedeed

Freelance journalist, filthy pleb. Politics mostly. Find my work at NYMag, Politico, Rolling Stone, New Republic, and https://bannedinyourstate.com