I’ve reached my limit with people trying to make excuses for why there are so many conservatives in this country who’ve fallen in love with Donald J. Trump. From media pundits to guests on shows like Bill Maher’s Real Time, there are some in this country (typically those who are conservatives themselves) who’ve gone to great lengths to “break down” the reasoning for why Trump has become so successful.
This is not a complicated situation. You don’t need to be a political scientist, a politics expert, some sort of political historian or even a sociologist to see why there are so many who’ve flocked to Trump’s special brand of hate, ignorance and lies.
Because he’s pandering to their bigotry, racism, Islamophobia, homophobia and overall ignorance.
I’ve said it before, Trump is the living embodiment of basically every comments section on every right-wing blog and news source on the Internet. It’s as if one of these comments sections sprung to life and ran for president.
That’s all this is.
It’s why Trump’s been able to get away with lying constantly and not being held to any set of normal standards to which practically any other politician in this country would be held. When you tell people exactly what they want to hear – even if it’s not remotely true – that’s all they care about. He’s the epitome of what it means to be a “confirmation bias presidential candidate.”
Trust me when I say that, for many people on right (and on the left, for that matter), facts simply do no matter. What these people want is for someone to tell them what they want to hear and they’ll usually reject anyone who doesn’t – even if what they’re rejecting is indisputable truth.
When Trump says something, his supporters believe it essentially without question because he’s usually just telling them what they already think is real. Then when someone dares to actually fact check him, naturally he attacks those people as “part of the problem,” and his supporters dismiss anything they have to say. After all, they want to believe Trump.
These are people who really do think homosexuals are trying to “turn everyone gay”; that there are tens of thousands of terrorists flooding into this country through the Mexican border; most illegal immigrants are criminals and rapists; building a giant wall along the border is realistic; guns have nothing to do with gun violence; and climate change is some giant liberal hoax.
Literally none of that is true or even rational when you look at the actual facts – but they think all of it is.
It’s like on Friday night when Bill Maher was quick to shut down Melissa Harris-Perry when she tried to suggest that, no matter how ignorant, we shouldn’t simply dismiss many Trump supporters as “stupid” for believing a lot of the nonsense that I just listed above. Maher essentially said that notion was preposterous and we should absolutely call out stupidity instead of catering to it.
But her opinion has been one I’ve seen from quite a few people — that we shouldn’t simply dismiss ignorance, but understand why these people feel this way and reach out to them.
No, we shouldn’t.
I’m in favor of trying to reach out to those who have an open mind and a legitimate desire to be factually informed, but I’m not going to pander and try to “understand” why someone is ignorant enough to believe homosexuality is a choice and climate change is a liberal hoax started by the Chinese.
I’ve reached my limit entertaining this nonsense.
The bottom line is this: are all Trump supporters mindless, ignorant rubes?
Well, yes – yes they are. Normally I would say something like “while not all Republicans are racist, bigoted idiots – nearly all racist, bigoted idiots are Republicans,” but not in the case of Trump supporters.
You would have to be a mindless rube to think someone as vile, insecure, cowardly, pathetic and pathologically dishonest as Donald Trump should be our nation’s next president.
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