When looking at the followers of each and every presidential candidate, those who support Donald Trump are, without question, the most hostile, hateful, angry and irrational individuals I’ve ever ran into. In fact, a few months ago I simply stopped debating them because attempting to do so was futile. It didn’t matter how much factual evidence I used to debunk something he had said or done, everything I used was “biased against him.” To Trump supporters, the only “truth” that exists is what comes out of his mouth.
Which is scary considering almost nothing he says is remotely true. Donald Trump doesn’t just distort facts, or slightly misinform people – he flat-out makes stuff up. Much of it he literally seems to make up while he’s giving a speech. It’s as if something random pops into his mind, then he just blurts it out as “fact” because, well – why the hell not? At times, his rhetoric is so absurd that I can’t even get angry at it because I’m laughing so much over the fact that people are gullible enough to believe this fool.
Then again, this is a candidate who’s openly admitted that he knows his supporters are mindless sheep – twice!
So it should come as no surprise that a recent poll showed that 20 percent of Trump supporters disapproved of “the executive order that freed all the slaves in the states that were in rebellion against the federal government.” Otherwise known as the Emancipation Proclamation.
Yes, you read that correctly, 1 in 5 Trump supporters opposes Lincoln freeing the slaves.
But it gets even worse. Another 17 percent of Trump supporters said they “weren’t sure” if they approved of the Emancipation Proclamation.
In other words, 37 percent of Donald Trump supporters – nearly 4 out of 10 – either disapprove of, or aren’t sure if they support, Abraham Lincoln freeing over three million slaves. Again, in 2016, nearly 40 percent of Donald Trump supporters aren’t sure if freeing the slaves was such a great idea.
Though this really shouldn’t be that big of a surprise. This is someone who’s built much of his campaign on bigotry, racism and pandering to angry white voters. So it’s not at all shocking that a good chunk of his support base would be comprised of racists or people who still view the Confederacy as a “proud” moment in American history.
But this is just another example in a long history of racism being tied to the Republican party. From fierce objections to removing the Confederate flag from the South Carolina statehouse, to Republican members of the House of Representatives giving speeches to white supremacy groups, the GOP is almost constantly tied to acts of blatant racism, bigotry and ignorance.
That’s why it makes perfect sense that Donald Trump is the party’s overwhelming frontrunner for president. Someone who has, perhaps better than anyone before him, tapped into that racism, bigotry and ignorance to build a campaign that’s such a nightmare even the Republican party is doing everything it can to keep him from becoming the party’s nominee.
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