While the media spent the last year playing dumb as it relates to the rise of Donald Trump, many of us should have seen this coming. Most people (myself included) initially mocked the idea of Trump running for president, but we really shouldn’t have. As I said months ago, the truth is, Trump might have been the perfect Republican candidate.
To understand Trump’s rise you really have to realize who’s supporting him. So I thought I’d list five of the main types of Donald Trump supporters I’ve dealt with since he launched his campaign.
1. Angry white people: This one is obvious. While not all of his supporters are white – most are. I’ve dealt with many Trump supporters over the last few months and they are probably some of the most hostile and vile people I’ve encountered. These are people who feel good when those they oppose are miserable, in pain or suffering. They’re also typically the people who claim they’re not racist – but most definitely would prefer to live in a “whites-only” country.
2. Uneducated people: If there’s one demographic with which Trump excels, it’s the least educated among us. While I’m not saying an education is the only standard by which intelligence is measured, it is telling that a good chunk of Trump supporters are those with a high school diploma or less. So it shouldn’t be at all surprising that one of his weakest demographics is people with a bachelor’s degree or higher.
3. Racists and bigots: These are the angry white people from #1 who don’t hide the fact that they openly loathe people who don’t look like them. These are the folks who see groups of people like Muslims, African Americans, Mexicans, immigrants and basically anyone who isn’t a straight, white Christian like second-class human beings who don’t deserve respect. These are typically the people who blame everything that’s wrong with this country on someone of color.
4. Paranoid people who think America is no longer “America”: These are the people who typically say things like “we’re losing this country” or believe in Trump’s rhetoric about the United States no longer being great. These folks are not new to society. Pretty much every generation has that section of the population who always believes that the “country is changing for the worse.” You can research back decades and this is typically the battle cry of those who are always on the wrong side of history.
5. Fools who believe anything as long as it’s what they want to hear: Let’s be honest, this group is not exclusive to just Trump – or Republicans, for that matter. These types of people are found within any group of supporters. That being said, you have to be willfully ignorant to believe the nonsense Trump sells. I have never seen an instance of a candidate who literally just makes stuff up on the fly that his supporters never question. In fact, even after his massive 9/11 lie about seeing “thousands and thousands” of Muslims cheering in the streets of New Jersey, you began to see people claiming they saw the same thing – even though it literally never happened.
Hell, this is the same guy who got thousands of his supporters to fall for a tweet he sent out saying former Republican Senator Tom Coburn called Ted Cruz “one of the most dishonest people in DC” – when it was really me who said that about Cruz, not Tom Coburn. You seriously can’t make this shit up.
Many of his supporters are so devoid of reality, and so incredibly enamored with everything he says, that the only “truth” to them is what comes out of his mouth (or gets posted onto his twitter – often these are one in the same). When he says ridiculous things like unemployment is really at 42 percent (a statement that’s not based on any reality known to sane people) – they believe it. Why? Because he said it and that’s what they want to hear.
While there are obviously more (and many of his supporters fall into more than one of these categories), these are the main groups I encounter. I gave up trying to debate them months ago. It just wasn’t worth wasting my time. You can’t convince people that something is factual or real when they simply don’t believe in facts or reality.