As most people reading this probably know, it can seem pointless to try to use facts when debating Donald Trump supporters. Not only do most of these folks obviously not care about pesky things like “facts,” but they seem to change the “rules” whenever they see fit. I’ve been amazed at the things Trump has said or done they’ve made excuses for that they’d never allow a Democrat (or even some Republicans) to get away with.
Over time, what I’ve learned is that, when dealing with people who don’t seem to think facts or reality are valid ways to prove a point, the most effective way to go about debating with them is to make them defend their talking points. Anyone can repeat something they’ve heard, but it’s often much more difficult for them to actually defend what it is they’re saying.
That’s why I like to write these “10 questions” articles every once in a while to present a few questions I’d love for Republicans or Trump supporters to answer — even if most won’t. Every once in a while I do get a few who try, which is fantastic, because their answers are often completely absurd.
So, let’s get started!
1. If Trump’s oldest son, son-in-law, and then-campaign manager were more than willing to arrange a secret meeting at Trump Tower with a Kremlin-backed lawyer hoping to obtain dirt on Hillary Clinton, why wouldn’t they be just as eager to collude with Russian hackers? After all, they had no way of knowing how the “dirt” they were being promised was obtained, nor did they seem to care, so what if they were given information that had been obtained via the Russian cyber attack?
2. Considering that last year Trump called the monthly jobs reports fake, yet the numbers he’s now bragging about are basically the exact same, reported by the same agency using the same methods he once said were “phony,” doesn’t that show you that he’s more than willing to lie to you, while also treating his supporters like idiots, just as long as he feels doing so benefits him?
3. How many secret meetings with individuals who have ties with Russia would associates of Donald Trump need to have exposed before you said, “Okay, now that’s too many”?
4. You do realize when Trump casts doubt on U.S. intelligence reports citing Russia as the culprit behind the cyber attack against the DNC and Hillary Clinton’s campaign, while also criticizing Barack Obama for not responding more severely against Russia for that attack, that those two stances don’t make any sense because they’re completely contradictory of one another, right?
5. As a follow-up to #4: If Trump feels — as he’s publicly talked about on several occasions — that Obama should have punished Russia more severely for attacking us then what, exactly, is he doing to send a strong message to Vladimir Putin that their attempts to interfere in our elections aren’t acceptable?
6. If Chelsea Clinton, Clinton’s son-in-law, and her campaign chairman had been caught conducting a secret meeting with a foreign agent linked to the government of an enemy that attacked us hoping to get dirt on Trump, would you be okay with that?
7. Doesn’t it say something to you about the dishonesty of Trump, and the GOP as a whole, that after literally spending years promising to “repeal and replace Obamacare on Day 1,” here we are, months later, with Republicans in full control of Congress and the White House, yet they can’t even fulfill that simple “promise”? Especially considering they know that if they actually follow through with what they spent years promising to do, millions of their voters (possibly even you) would instantly see just how much they benefited from the law they spent the better part of the last decade lying about?
8. Aside from signing executive orders (which doesn’t require him to accomplish anything other than signing his name) can you point out any major legislative accomplishment Trump’s had as he enjoys a Congress where both houses are controlled by his party?
9. Do you honestly not find it the least bit bizarre, even in the slightest of ways, that Donald Trump’s willing to criticize anyone and everyone, including his own Justice Department — except Vladimir Putin and Russia?
10. If Barack Obama ordered an “election commission” assembled that (without any real oversight or backing from Congress) was trying to order states to turn over personal, private voting information — including full names, birthdays, last-four digits of Social Security numbers, and complete voting history for the past decade — would you truly be okay with that? And doesn’t it say anything to you that nearly every state in this country, including many controlled by Republicans, is refusing to turn over some or most of the information being requested? Especially considering this commission was put together based on a ridiculous conspiracy about “millions of illegal votes” for which Trump’s yet to provide a single piece of evidence to support.
Alright folks, that will wrap up this edition of “10 questions.” I hope you all liked them and will try to get some of your Republican friends and family to answer.
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