Months ago I stopped debating Donald Trump supporters because there was really no point in doing it. If facts and reality aren’t important factors in building a basis for an argument with someone, or determining whether or not something they believe is actually true, then there’s really no point in engaging in any sort of dialogue with that person.
But one thing I have done from time to time is prod and mess with these Trump supporters when I’m bored and feel like entertaining myself. In a world of politics where nearly everything is serious, I must have my fun every now and then.
So, for those of you who might engage with Trump supporters from time to time, only to find yourself incredibly frustrated, I thought I’d offer five great ways to annoy the heck out of these people.
1. Ask them to be specific, with plenty of details, to explain how he plants to do – anything: While Donald Trump is great at promising he’s going to do a whole bunch of stuff, specifics are usually lacking. To be honest, “I’m going to build a wall and Mexico is going to pay for it” is about as “specific” as he’s gets. So, ask them to provide some sort of actual details concerning how he plans to accomplish any number of his ridiculous campaign promises.
2. Just use facts: I made a meme a week or so ago based on a joke I like to use:
How do you tell if someone is a Donald Trump supporter? They get angry when you tell them something factual.
It’s funny, because almost nothing he says is actually true – literally.
3. Bring up policy stances that are actually President Obama’s, say they’re Trump’s, then see their reaction when you tell them the truth: Now I understand that this is probably the most “childish” one of these – but there’s a purpose for it. They’ve already done a poll in the past that showed Republican support for various issues (universal health care, the Iran Deal, Social Security) dramatically increased when they thought the idea presented to them came from Donald Trump as opposed to a Democrat. These folks really are uneducated sheep, and they’re seemingly proud of it.
4. Ask them to name five things they don’t like about him: This is a trick I’ve used in many areas of my life when I encounter someone who’s infatuated with someone else. If you can’t name at least five things (they don’t have to be major) that you don’t like about someone – then you’re irrationally attached, blinded by your emotional attachment and not seeing things realistically.
Not only that, but depending on if they try to answer (that’s a big “if”), then you can counter and elaborate on what they don’t like to make them even more foolish for supporting such a vile candidate.
5. Tell them you really… really hope he wins the Republican nomination: Donald Trump supporters are extremely arrogant about how “great” he is. They really believe Hillary Clinton, Bernie Sanders and the Democratic party are scared to face him. It throws them off when someone who thinks Trump is a complete idiot tells them you’re really hoping he becomes the Republican nominee.
At first they’ll seem a little confused or think you’re lying. But if you push it enough, without being too over-the-top, often you’ll start getting them curious as to why you want Trump to win. After all, why would someone who supports one of his likely opponents be rooting for his success in his primary unless you think he’s the easiest person to beat? And if you, as a non-Trump supporter, think that – are they possibly rooting for the wrong guy?
I’ve done it a few times on Twitter and it’s been a rather entertaining experience.
Well, there you go folks. I’m sure there are a million more things you can say that will annoy supporters of Donald Trump, but I would advise against too much extended exposure to these folks – for the sake of your own sanity.