OPINION: President Donald Trump isn’t the CAUSE of this year’s TIME Person of The Year Award. He’s the Reason.

This post won’t be like most of my typical posts. It will be much more personal. In fact, if you’re easily offended, I suggest you exit now because what I am about to explain is not going to be an easy pill to swallow for some people

I want to take you all back to an earlier time. Look at Donald Trump in Home Alone 2 back in 1992. What do you see? Did you even recognize him at the time?

To most people who knew him, he was a funny, maybe a little bit loud, New York real estate mogul who put a roof over McCauley Culken’s head after his parents left him alone in the Big Apple. But who was this friendly, Wall Street looking man? Most of us wouldn’t find out for quite a few years later.

That friendly rich man was Donald Trump. And while yes, he borrowed several million dollars from his father who already developed a wildly successful real estate company, what they won’t tell you is that he actually went against completely his father’s word when he invested in the decrepit Commodore Hotel we now know as the Grand Hyatt.

Traditionally, the Trump family business, Elizabeth and Son, invested in New York’s boroughs mostly on the outskirts near Queens and Brooklyn in middle-class residential housing. At the time, Manhattan was somewhat of a dump. But young Donald was a visionary who, like other visionaries, would let nothing and no one cloud the potential he saw in New York City’s Big Apple.

But that’s still not what you know him for. In fact, you probably still not know him at all. Not past the facade the media has created over the last 18 months.

You knew him as the reality show boss. The real estate billionaire whose token phrase “you’re fired” echoed high school hallways and corporate offices when his hit show “The Apprentice” became a household name.

Yes, that’s what you knew him for. Reality television and money. You adored him and you envied him. After all, he lived the American dream didn’t he?

Fast forward to the Republican National Debate. What a class of misfits. Three republican robots and a billionaire turned reality television star. What a layup for Hillary Clinton. It’s practically undeniable. What happened next would forever shape the Donald Trump you know today.

He absolutely dominated the debate. With passion, fire, intelligence and charisma, Donald Trump won the crowd over faster than America could look him up on Wikipedia.

Could it be that a rich white man might come in and take away America’s second first in 2 presidencies? To most of America, it seemed like fate that Hillary Clinton would become the first female President. After all, in 2008 Barack Obama showed the world “Yes We Can” with the slogan “Change we can believe in.”

But change is a matter of perception. And for those police officers, veterans and heartland Americans who felt neglected by Barack Obama during his eight years as president, Donald Trump represented that same kind of change that Barack Obama represented for the oppressed.

Donald Trump was their only hope. Hillary Clinton knew it. The mainstream media knew it. The DNC knew it. And from the moment Donald Trump overwhelmingly won thae Republican National Debate, you did everything in your power to fill those unknown vacancies with the ugliest colors you could find.

With a little help from the mainstream media, you were well on your way to believing that Donald Trump wasn’t just a billionaire reality star who you saw in Home Alone as a kid. With a little push, you were well on your way to believing was actually the worst human being on the face of the earth.

Billy Bush: Sheesh, your girl’s hot as shit. In the purple.

Trump: Whoa! Whoa!

Bush: Yes! The Donald has scored. Whoa, my man!

[Crosstalk]

Trump: Look at you, you are a pussy.

[Crosstalk]

Trump: All right, you and I will walk out.

[Silence]

Trump: Maybe it’s a different one.

Bush: It better not be the publicist. No, it’s, it’s her, it’s —

Trump: Yeah, that’s her. With the gold. I better use some Tic Tacs just in case I start kissing her. You know, I’m automatically attracted to beautiful — I just start kissing them. It’s like a magnet. Just kiss. I don’t even wait. And when you’re a star, they let you do it. You can do anything.

FILE PHOTO: U.S. President Donald Trump stands in front of a U.S. flag while listening to U.S. first lady Melania Trump give a speech to U.S. troops at the Naval Air Station Sigonella before returning to Washington D.C. at Sigonella Air Force Base in Sigonella, Sicily, Italy, May 27, 2017. REUTERS/Jonathan Ernst/File Photo

 

There it was. The push that was (supposed to be) bad enough to stop him dead in his track. But Trump pushed on. With the help of a devoted fanbase of underrepresented Americans, Donald Trump assumed the underdog position of the once young Barack Obama.

But the media pushed onward, telling America “we can’t have a sexual predator in the White House” and “we need to show white men that we are better off without them.” With a little help from their celebrity friends, they ganged up against Donald Trump some more.

Saturday Night Live skits and anti-Trump commercials flooded our televisions from Hollywood’s most powerful – NBC, CNN, CBS. The DNC machine pushed as hard as they could. And guess what came out the other end?

President Donald Trump and an absolute reckoning in Hollywood and the mainstream media. The anger and disappointment over the biggest Presidential upset of our time was second only to the brave men and women who raged on for some greater meaning to this all, some greater truth.

Who did they destroy in the process? No one except themselves.

Gwenyth Paltrow, Hillary Clinton and Harvey Weinstein

Bill Clinton and Kevin Spacey

Matt Lauer and Hillary Clinton

I’m glad President Trump makes you feel motivated. I’m glad he pushes you to say #MeToo. After all, he promised you he would Make America Great Again. How did he do it? By talking about something that hasn’t been talked about on a mainstream level since Kennedy was shot in the head.

America overwhelmingly agrees that the media has an agenda. Donald Trump brought that into question and he made us all hopefully question where we get our information from. If he does nothing else, if he’s impeached tomorrow, his legacy will forever be that he pushed many Americans to think for themselves for the first and hopefully not the last time.

Congratulations to the women who won the TIME Person of the Year Award. I am glad that you found the courage to uncover the skeletons that haunt you. I hope they encourage all women and people to seek truth and purpose in their lives.

God Bless America,

Jon Shepard