I’ll be the first to admit that I’ve been less than “diplomatic” when it comes to how I talk about supporters of Donald Trump. Once upon a time I had the mindset of “we’ll agree to disagree” when it came to dealing with most Republicans. Believe it or not, my actual goal is a political world where the two “sides” talk with one another instead of at one another.
Unfortunately, we’re a long… long way from that happening. As it stands now, we’re currently in the midst of a political “civil war” where one side believes in things like facts, history, science, and reality — while the other rejects those things, often choosing to believe in absurd conspiracy theories to justify their belief in “alternative facts.”
Obviously Trump’s rise within the GOP has made all of this much worse. Being that he’s an emotionally unstable, pathological-lying narcissist who rarely says anything that’s true, while pushing outlandish conspiracies to defend his never-ending stream of lies, he’s essentially created a cult comprised of millions of followers who believe anything he says.
Being a staunch critic of Trump, I’m sure it surprises absolutely nobody to hear that I get quite a few of his supporters reaching out to me either through email, Facebook, or Twitter to let me know what a “libtard” I am and how “The Donald” is the most amazing thing ever.
Recently I even wrote an article about how a Trumpster friend of mine called me “arrogant” for many of the insults I’ve levied against Trump supporters. While my friend didn’t like my reaction (you can check it out here), that’s actually something I’ve heard quite a few Trump supporters say is a reason why they supported him. They view people like myself, and many progressives, as arrogant, uppity, and claim that we act like we’re better than they are.
To be honest, I can see that on some levels. As a progressive who’s also a born and bred Texan, living my entire life in the Lone Star State, I’ve definitely witnessed a bit of a “we’re better than you” attitude from some liberals in “blue states” on the east and west coasts. I can’t count how many times I’ve been called a “fake progressive” because I don’t subscribe to anything and everything far-left purists deem necessary to pass their purity test.
Here’s a prime example of what I mean.
That being said, I lost any and all patience for Trump supporters pretty much the moment he mocked Sen. John McCain, and POWs in general, when he disgustingly said that he didn’t consider the Arizona senator an American hero because he “likes people who weren’t captured.” A line that should have ended his campaign (or anyone’s for that matter) ultimately resulted in him skyrocketing in the polls. It was that moment when I lost any ability to show anyone deplorable enough to support Trump even the slightest bit of respect.
Now one of the main reasons why it’s so incredibly difficult for me to show any respect to his supporters is because of how incredibly naive someone has to be to continue backing him.
For a moment, let’s ignore all the deplorable things he’s said and done and just focus on the fact that his lies are so blatantly obvious that a person really does have to be willfully ignorant to believe him.
Let’s just look at a handful of his biggest campaign promises he’s already broken:
- Mexico is not paying for the border wall.
- We’re well over 30 days and he’s presented no plan to defeat ISIS.
- Still hasn’t released his tax returns.
- Isn’t prosecuting Hillary Clinton.
- Not only did Trumpcare fail miserably, but the plan he supported didn’t fulfill any of his campaign promises he made about health care.
- He “drained the swamp” by filling his cabinet with billionaires, top donors, lobbyists, Wall Street executives, and Washington insiders.
And that’s not even all of the campaign promises he’s broken in less than three months in office.
Yet despite the fact that we know those major campaign talking points were all lies, his supporters jump through hoops to make excuses for him.
When he pushed his wiretapping conspiracy against Barack Obama — without a single shred of evidence — his supporters were more than eager to line up behind him and believe every unfounded thing he said. Even as we sit, over a month since he first made these accusations, he’s yet to provide any proof that this occurred. That’s ridiculous considering he has the power to declassify any information that exists to support his claim.
Yet — nothing.
Instead, he points to reports from Fox News or right-wing blogs as his “proof.” Because, you know, that makes sense. After all, clearly as “President” of the United States, Internet blogs and Fox News have more access to classified material “proving” the Obama illegally wiretapped Trump Tower than he does, right?
Look at his current stance on Syria. In 2013, he frequently spoke out and attacked President Obama for possibly using military force against Bashar al Assad after the dictator used chemical weapons on civilians. Tweet after tweet criticized Obama for threatening a military response to the attack.
Then there are the instances like lying about the rather small size of his inauguration crowd, or Hillary Clinton receiving 3 million more votes than he did. Both are indisputable facts supported by irrefutable evidence he’s said aren’t true because — conspiracies!
At some point you’d think Trump supporters would at least realize that he almost always claims he’s the victim of something being “rigged” or some “conspiracy against him” when things don’t go his way. But they don’t. No matter how many times he claims something is “rigged,” or how many unfounded conspiracies he pushes, most of his supporters believe everything he says.
Even something like the presidential debate schedule when he claimed the NFL personally sent him a letter complaining about the dates and times conflicting with games (something the league instantly denied doing), claiming they were scheduled to reduce the size of the crowd and help “rig” them for Clinton, he refused to produce that letter. Clearly he couldn’t have ever produced that letter — because they never actually sent him one.
And that’s part of the problem. When someone lies about little nothing things like Trump always does, that’s a sign of severe mental illness. It’s one thing to lie or twist the truth about some issues, all politicians do that. It’s quite another to seem almost incapable of being honest about anything unless it’s by accident.
It goes back to my belief that how often and bold a person lies is determined by the lack of respect they have for the people they’re lying to. Trump knows most of his supporters are mindless sheep who’ll support him no matter what (just ask him), so he knows he can get away with these ridiculous lies.
His supporters can get mad at people like myself, and many others on the left, for seeming “arrogant” or like we think we’re better than they are judging by some of the things we say about them. But why should we show them any respect when they continue to passionately support and defend a man in Donald Trump who, based on his never-ending barrage of preposterous lies, not only doesn’t show them an ounce of respect, he doesn’t even try to hide the fact that he treats them like morons?
I’ll stop calling Trump supporters idiots the day they stop supporting a man who blatantly treats them like morons.