They are immovable. They are unshakeable. They will not compromise and they don’t see why they have to. They are supporters of Donald Trump and they are all around us.
Calling them dumb, idiots, morons only emboldens them. Call it the US against THEM mentality. This whole Trump phenomenon was borne out of the Republican party’s inability to stick to principle and now the rest of us are paying the price.
During past elections Democrats have called Republican candidates racist, misogynistic, hate-mongers and so-on and so-forth. Whether it was true or not didn’t matter to Democrats in their zest for victory. The problem is they now face a true demagogue and their haranguing about Trump’s hate-filled speech is falling on deaf ears.
There is a core Trump constituency that will not waver. They see supporting Trump as a badge of honor. It is not unlike his candidacy, it’s not easily explainable and is not grounded in reason. It just is.
Every time you think Trump’s outlandish words will catch up to him, the more his supporters dig in and defend him. It truly is the bed of nails approach to politics. If you step on one nail, it hurts A LOT. But if you step on 300 nails the pain is muted. Trump says so many disparaging and awful things, that one doesn’t have the time to process the first before another controversial comment is unleashed.
There is a core group of Trump supporters who like him because they DETEST Hillary Clinton. They HATE her. You could run the devil against her, and his supporters would worship Lucifer. She is a flash-point for people who don’t like the sell-outs from our politicians. She is the epitome of a sell-out.
While Trump is off-the-rails with his rude, sexist comments, Clinton “tries” to do what her husband Bill did so effectively. She tries to be nuanced in her skirting of the truth. Her problem, the electorate is on to her and she is seen as an evasive politician who isn’t being square with them. Her problem is she does have skeletons in the basement and really can’t be forthcoming. Plus she lacks the charisma of Bill to calm the waters.
Even with her transgressions, there is no doubt she knows her stuff. She truly is a policy wonk who understands complex issues at a highly intellectual level. You may not agree with her approach, but her intellect to decipher complex governmental issues is in-arguable.
When it comes to Trump, I am finding it difficult to understand the allure. He refuses to show us his taxes which throws all of his claims of being so rich into question. This week the New York Times exposed Trump’s supposed largesse as one big shell game. The investigative report showed the self-proclaimed billionaire is 650 million dollars in debt.
Trump’s 80 million dollar fundraising haul in July is also a shell-game. It turns out only 36 million dollars came in for Trump while 44 million when to the Republican National Committee. Now the RNC could choose to give that money to Trump, or delegate the monies to House and Senate candidates who are at-risk of losing their seats.
Trump can not articulate how he will do all of the various big government projects he will take on. He can not unilaterally build a wall along the southern border. He can’t make Mexico pay for it. He can’t articulate how he is going to beat ISIS. He can’t tell us how he is going to revamp ObamaCare to cover even more people. He recently said he wants to double what Clinton is proposing in infrastructure spending to roughly 1 trillion dollars to rebuild bridges and roads. But, when pressed on how he is going to pay for it he said, “he will start a fund where private financiers invest to rebuild the roads.” A fund ? And, his recent verbal foible in not understanding that Russia was already in Ukraine is simply inexcusable. Today Trump said publicly he is not flip-flopping on his deportation plans for 11 million illegals. This is in direct contrast to a his campaign spokesman who said Trump is pivoting on his deportation plan…….Huh ?
All of these foibles don’t matter to the 40 percent of Americans that love him. They don’t care. He is different. He is uncouth. He doesn’t care what you think of him and the more outrageous the comment the more he is loved.
Many of his followers have been so alienated and disenfranchised by the political system that they don’t care. They will embrace an authoritarian and worry about the ramifications later.
Those of us that are sane can lament, ridicule, castigate and berate. It won’t work. You know what also won’t work, reason