After a few back and forth debates with a couple of pro-Trump friends of mine (something I had avoided doing since the election), it reminded me of how gullible someone has to be to support this man. It’s why I’ve said to support Donald Trump takes willful ignorance or legitimate insanity. There’s absolutely no way a sane, rational or even moderately reasonable person can believe the things it takes to be a Trump supporter.
To be a proud supporter of Trump and believe the things he says requires someone to actually be crazy or willfully ignorant of reality, facts, and even basic common sense.
While there are many examples I could use to prove how ignorant someone has to be to trust Trump, that would take far too long. So, for the sake of time, I wanted to run down five conspiracies he’s pushed that, on their own, prove how naive someone has to be to believe anything he says.
1. His claim that he saw “thousands and thousands” of Muslims celebrating 9/11 on the streets of New Jersey.: Never mind that there’s not a single second of footage to back this claim up (even Fox News didn’t show any and they almost certainly would have covered “thousands” of Muslims in America celebrating a horrific terrorist attack), Trump continued to claim that it happened. Furthermore, later he defended his inability to back up his conspiracy by saying that there’s a giant media conspiracy to conceal the evidence because they didn’t want to offend Muslims.
Because it’s absolutely rational to believe that every single media entity from all over the world that covered the 9/11 attack is part of a massive global conspiracy to hide the footage that would support Trump’s claims that there were “thousands and thousands” of Muslims celebrating in the streets of New Jersey.
2. That he only lost the popular vote because “3-5 million people voted illegally.”: Even though he’s yet to provide a single shred of evidence to back this up, despite repeated requests for him to do so, this is a conspiracy he continues to claim is true. Though for it to be true would mean that this country just experienced the largest coverup in human history. For 3-5 million to have voted illegally would have required coordination in several (if not all 50) states between both parties, the lawyers for each party, elected officials, and a few thousand people — with absolutely nobody noticing a thing.
3. The U.S. intelligence community is out to get him: When practically everyone who matters in our intelligence community officially labeled Russia as the enemy behind the cyber attack against the United States, Trump viciously attacked our national security agencies. He publicly questioned their ability to perform their duty with integrity, claiming that their conclusion that Russia was behind the attack against the United States was some plot to undermine his “win.”
Because it makes sense that these agencies loathe and oppose him to such an extent that they waited until after the election to release information that could have cost him the election? If there was really some sort of conspiracy from our intelligence community against Trump, they damn sure wouldn’t have waited until after the election was over to publicly comment on information that could have very well handed Hillary Clinton the White House.
4. Any media that debunks his propaganda is “fake news.”: Yes, the same media that gave Trump nearly $5 billion in free media coverage is nothing but a “giant liberal media conspiracy of fake news against him” by quoting him verbatim; reporting on the exact wording of tweets he’s sent out; using indisputable photographic evidence to factually point out Obama’s inauguration was much larger than his; and mocking one of his top advisors for literally saying the phrase “alternative facts” to defend lies being told by his administration.
Trump has a long history of playing the victim and claiming something is “rigged against him” whenever things aren’t going his way. You’d think his supporters would realize that con by now. Then again, they are his supporters, so it’s not all that surprising they haven’t picked up on the fact that Trump’s go-to move whenever he’s busted in a lie is to whine about conspiracies, rigged systems, or claim someone is out to get him.
5. People raising legitimate concerns about his ties to Russia are just trying to slander him: Last I checked, nobody made him:
- Repeatedly heap praise on Vladimir Putin and defend Russia practically any chance he got.
- Hire Paul Manafort as one of his campaign managers, someone who abruptly resigned after an AP story revealed he had ties to pro-Russian groups trying to undermine U.S. polices in Europe.
- Select Rex Tillerson for Secretary of State, someone who was given a “friendship award” by Putin.
- Seek out the advice of a man who was investigated by U.S. officials for ties to the Kremlin linked to the cyber attack.
- Lash out at U.S. intelligence officials for saying evidence points to Russia being behind the attack against the United States.
- Attack, criticize and bash practically anyone — except Russia.
- Select Mike Flynn as his national security advisor, someone who’s being investigated for calls to Russia following President Obama’s sanctions following their cyber attack against the U.S.
Nobody made him do any of that. He decided to praise Putin, defend Russia, attack U.S. intelligence and surround himself with a rather high number of people with links to Russia all on his own. So it’s absolutely ridiculous for him to claim that people concerned about all these ties, his behavior and these reports that Russia might have information it’s planning to use to blackmail Trump are just a “giant conspiracy by the media to get him.”
Had Trump not been the most pro-Russian presidential candidate in history, not defended Russia while attacking our own U.S. intelligence officials after they publicly declared Russia behind the attack against this country, and not surrounded himself with an above-average number of people with ties to Russia — most people probably wouldn’t have made much of this story.
But when you add everything together, especially how strange it is that Trump’s so defiant when it comes to saying anything negative about Russia, you have to want to not believe that there’s a possibility that he might have committed treason to claim that this is just some “huge conspiracy against him.”
All of this evidence isn’t just some random set of coincidences.