I still doubt some reporters’ ability to be objective— read their tweets; their bias isn’t subtle — but I no longer assume any story that paints Republicans in a negative light must be biased. Fair reporting about unethical behavior will leave readers with the impression someone acted unethically.

And like I automatically distrusted the media, I automatically trusted the right. Before Trump, there were certain people on the right whom I believed to be so trustworthy, honest, and knowledgeable that I instinctively believed them. I sometimes relied exclusively on what they said, rather than looking for the truth myself.

No longer.

Lastly, Trump’s rise forced me to become more determined to stand up for what I believe, even if it means doing it alone or in opposition to people I like and respect.