Before getting started, let me begin by saying that while I know debating any supporter of Donald Trump is absolutely maddening, and usually completely pointless, I still think people should do it. Not because I believe many (if any) minds will be changed by presenting these folks with factual, rational arguments, but because I’ve found debating Trump supporters is a great way to better understand the way they think (or don’t think, rather) and prepare ourselves to counter the b.s. they use to defend him.
That said, anyone who’s dared to debate a “proud supporter of Donald Trump” is well aware of the fact that it’s pointless to try to reason with them. Not only do most of these individuals not seem to know much of anything factual — they don’t even seem to want to know. They seem perfectly happy living inside of this bubble they’ve created where their delusions are somehow true, while the truth is nothing but “fake news.”
While there are many reasons for this, I thought I’d run down my Top 5 reasons why it’s pointless to try to reason with Trump supporters.
1. They’re Trump supporters: I know this one might seem like I’m “cheating,” but it’s true. To be gullible enough to think a person like Donald Trump should be president takes an unprecedented level of ignorance. Even if you ignore every single comment he’s made about politics and only judge him based on his history as a businessman and human being — that alone should have disqualified him as a candidate. If I knew nothing else about Trump besides who he is as a person and businessman, that’s more than enough for me to realize he’s a shady, unethical con man who has no business being “president.”
The fact is, his political views aside, to even think for a brief moment that a person like Donald Trump might make for a great president takes a certain type of person who clearly isn’t well-informed or rational.
2. They’re uneducated: There’s a reason why the GOP is anti-education. They’re well aware that the less education someone has, the more likely they are to vote Republican. So it should come as no surprise that one of Trump’s most consistent voting demographics were people who lacked an education above a high school level. I don’t think it’s a coincidence that the most dishonest and ridiculous candidate to ever win a major party’s presidential nomination was heavily supported by the least educated among us. It’s also not happenstance that many of the most strongly Republican states rank extremely poorly when it comes to education and health care for their citizens.
3. They’re brainwashed: Last year I wrote an article calling Trump’s presidential campaign more of a cult than anything else. From the get-go, Trump indoctrinated his supporters with propaganda, telling them that he was the only person they could trust, while dismissing anyone who’d expose his endless stream of lies as “fake news” or “part of some conspiracy out to get him.” One of the main tell-tale signs of any cult leader/conspiracy theorist is their insistence that they’re the only beacon of truth, the only person who can help the people they’re trying to con, while attacking any and all outside information as “part of the conspiracy against them and the truth.” Sadly, most of his supporters have fallen for this. They truly believe one of the most dishonest human beings I’ve ever seen is, in fact, the only honest person in Washington — and anyone who stands up to him is part of some nefarious conspiracy working against his “pure and only goal,” to make America great again.
4. Human nature: Let’s face it, as a species, humans are probably the smartest and dumbest creatures that will ever inhabit this planet. We’ll likely be the only species to cause our own extinction while knowing that we’re going to do so.
Well, one of the most common traits among humans is our inability to admit when we’re wrong. Even after many of us realize something we believed was true, in fact, wasn’t, it doesn’t matter. We’ll continue to argue that we were right, not because we actually believe it, but because we’re too proud to admit that we were wrong.
For some Trump supporters, I truly believe they know they were wrong, they just don’t want to admit it. They already know they were conned by someone who’s completely full of crap. They know those of us who spent the entire 2016 election telling them Trump was an unfit, mentally unstable imbecile who had no business being president were right.
Yet if they were to admit they were wrong, that would also mean that — gasp — liberals were right. And, let’s face it, most are never going to do that. They would rather watch this country get reduced to an ashy pile of rubble than simply admit that they were wrong and everyone else was right about Donald Trump.
5. They simply don’t care: A harsh reality many need to face is the fact that there are a good portion of Trump supporters who know he’s awful, incompetent, unfit for office, racist, and probably colluded with Russia — they just simply don’t care. They don’t care because, foolishly, they don’t think his incompetence is going to have much of an impact on their lives. They like Trump, they want him to be “president,” and no matter what he does, unless something he does has a direct negative impact on their lives (right, Caitlin Jenner?), they’re going to ignorantly stand by and defend him until the end. For these particular Trump supporters, he could come out and admit he’s a white nationalist who worked with Russia to undermine last year’s election and wants to turn the presidency into a dictatorship — and they wouldn’t care.
Obviously there are more reasons, but I feel, at least in my opinion, that these are the main five reasons why trying to reason with Trump supporters is absolutely pointless.