Long ago I made a pact with myself to avoid discussing politics with supporters of Donald Trump. It wasn’t because I was afraid of debating them, I just quickly learned that there was simply no point. Very soon after Trump launched his campaign, it became apparent that the people rushing to support him couldn’t care less about truth, facts, or reality.
Though there have been those few occasions where I did make the mistake of venturing down the regrettable path of discussing politics with a Trump voter. To be fair, I did find some small level of success — once.
However, my fairly blunt assessments of Trump supporters have not been expressed without criticism from some who’ve said I was being counterproductive by often calling them ignorant, gullible, or stupid. To be fair, I mostly agree with that criticism. I am well aware that insulting Trumpsters is a contradiction from my typical stance of always trying to find the most effective path toward whatever goal I’m trying to achieve.
The problem is, initially, I did attempt to be respectful and reasonable with Trump supporters. I spent weeks reaching out to many of them in desperate, fact-filled attempts hoping to make them see what a dangerous, pathological-lying con man he was — they simply didn’t care.
It’s the same point Bill Maher pointed out Friday night when he urged liberals to stop trying to use facts hoping to change the minds of Trump voters.
“Liberals have to stop trying to win over Trump voters with facts,” Maher quipped. “You’re wasting your breath.”
“Trump supporters aren’t changing their minds because the problem isn’t in the mind. It’s lower. It’s emotional,” he added. “His people know [how terrible he is], they don’t care. He could have Anne Frank’s skeleton in his closet. They’d all vote for him again.”
He then said that their support for the border wall represents more than just a futile effort to “stop illegal immigration,” it’s also a figurative barrier to keep the United States from progressing forward as a nation.
“This is why building that stupid wall is still a key issue for them,” Maher stated. “It represents keeping out not just immigrants but everything that is new and different and scary and unfamiliar.”
And he’s absolutely right.
I’ve written articles in the past where I talked about my belief that what makes Trump so dangerous is that his supporters simply don’t care. They like him, they voted for him, and they’re going to defend him no matter how contradictory or hypocritical they have to be in doing so. Like many have said, Republicans let Trump get away with things that they would have never let Barack Obama or Hillary Clinton get by with.
Maher said exactly what I’ve felt for the better part of two years. That I’d love to be able to have reasonable, and factual, political discussions with Trump supporters, but there’s really no point in trying to do so. The vast majority of them don’t care how many lies he tells, how much he embarrasses this country, or how unqualified he proves he is nearly every single day he’s in office — millions of them are never going to change their mind about how amazing they think he is.
The sad truth is, most of the folks who proudly call themselves Trump supporters couldn’t care less about facts.
Watch the segment below via HBO: