Here’s Why I Think Trump Supporters are More Ignorant Now Than Before the Election

I’ve never shied away from my feelings about the general ignorance of the typical Donald Trump supporter, but following his victory on November 8th, many of them have managed to prove that they can, indeed, make themselves look even more ridiculous than before. That’s pretty difficult to do when you’re someone who’s already proudly supported a reality TV star and con man for president.

This is a man who outsourced thousands of jobs who somehow convinced millions of Americans that he was going to go after companies that do exactly what he does. However, with all of his big talk, I’ve still yet to see any of Trump’s companies announce any major plans to bring back the thousands of American jobs that were lost because “The Donald” outsourced them to foreign countries.

But his supporters never question that. For them to actually question why Trump hasn’t brought all the jobs his companies have outsourced back home — while he brags about making other companies do exactly that — would make them realize how ridiculous it is that they think he cares about American jobs.

Though I love how the “outsider” who rallied against “lobbyists, Washington insiders and big money donors owning politicians” has filled many of his cabinet positions with — lobbyists, Washington insiders and a few of his top donors.

That’s fine, as many Trump supporters have sheepishly told me. To these folks, it’s not a big deal that he’s already proven himself to be a total fraud and hypocrite, because they blindly trust anything and everything this buffoon says or does. Even if he’s doing many of the exact same things he attacked Hillary Clinton for supposedly doing.

We can’t forget that he’s already basically admitted that his promises to prosecute Clinton, build a “huge wall” along the U.S./Mexico border, ban Muslims, and deport every illegal immigrant were all blatant lies.

Here we are, less than a month after he won the electoral college, and Trump’s pretty much admitted that most of the key talking points of his entire campaign were nothing but lies. Now you have people who cited all those lies as reasons why they voted for him making excuses so that they don’t have to admit that they were all played for fools.

Oh, then remember all the attacks Trump, Republicans and their supporters levied against Clinton for her foundation, accusing her of setting up a “pay-for-play” enterprise where world leaders would use donations in exchange for favors? Funny, I don’t see those same people acting all that concerned about Trump’s businesses being a very clear pay-for-play scheme where he uses the power of the Oval Office to make deals with world leaders or business tycoons that would definitely put his own interests ahead of the country.

Here we have a guy who’s claiming that handing over control of his companies to his children is somehow a “safe barrier” to prevent any sort of conflict of interest between what’s “best for business” and what’s “best for the United States.” Because, you know, it’s completely sane and rational to believe that his children would never talk about business with him, right?

It’s difficult to even wrap my mind around how delusional someone has to be in order to not see the mind-boggling hypocrisy in saying Clinton’s charity represented an unethical pay-for-play scheme, while not remotely caring that Trump’s for-profit corporate empire is clearly a much bigger conflict of interest.

Then there are the excuses they’ve made for his boneheaded decisions such as heaping a ridiculous amount of praise on the leader of Pakistan in a phone call that was, at best, a complete embarrassment, and his phone call to the president of Taiwan that could very well cause a massive rift between the U.S. and China.

If President Obama or Clinton did either one of those things, those defending Trump’s actions would have lost their minds. Especially the call to Taiwan, something a president hasn’t done in 40 years. A country that just happens to be a place where Trump’s company is wanting to build luxury hotels.

But, yeah — no need to worry about any possible conflicts of interests, right?

Then he’s proceeded to surround himself with millionaires and billionaires. Correct me if I’m wrong, but wasn’t Trump the candidate who said he was running to be the president for the “average American,” while slamming the “elitist” attitude of people like Clinton?

Yeah, he was. So, can someone please explain to me how appointing a bunch of millionaires and billionaires, most of whom are old white men, isn’t the definition of being “elite”?

His pick for secretary of labor, Hardee’s and Carl’s Jr. CEO Andrew F. Puzder, is someone who’s bashed the minimum wage and championed replacing human workers with automation. Not exactly good things to have on the resume of someone who’s supposed to care about workers – though I’m not sure if a fast food CEO is the person you want running the department of labor.

I’ve been to Carl’s Jr. a few times. If that’s how he runs his company, I definitely don’t want him in charge of our labor department.

What next, is Trump going to appoint the head of Phillip Morris/Marlboro to be surgeon general?

Furthermore, and most importantly of all, it’s more or less undeniable that Russia did its best to help Trump win — a fact our president-elect continues to deny. Not only has Donald Trump continued to be rather defensive when it comes to our intelligence officials saying that Russia was definitely behind the hacks on the DNC and Clinton’s campaign, but he’s literally evoked the failure to find WMDs in Iraq to cast doubt on our own intelligence agencies.

Think about that for a moment.

A president-elect is flat-out saying that he doesn’t trust national security experts who are saying that Russia was behind these hacks, not because he has any factual evidence to disprove what they’re saying — but because they’re not telling him what he wants to hear.

Meanwhile, his supporters continue to act like there’s nothing wrong with an anti-American Russian dictator in Vladimir Putin doing everything he could to help elect Donald Trump.

These folks really don’t care how Trump won — just as long as he won. Even if that means bashing American intelligence officials while defending a serial killer who hates Americans and the United States.

Just imagine what Republicans and Trump supporters would be saying right now if Hillary Clinton had won, but intelligence officials were saying that Russia did everything they could to manipulate our election so she would achieve victory. Not only would Republicans have launched extensive investigations almost immediately, but they would be calling her a traitor, saying she should be put on trial for treason and definitely saying the results of the election should be suspended until an investigation could ultimately conclude what happened.

Then, after all these ties Trump has had to Russia, news breaks that his pick for secretary of state is Exxon CEO Rex Tillerson, a man with close ties to Russia.

You can’t make this stuff up.

Yet his supporters will stand there and tell me, with a straight face, that a man who our intelligence agencies have said was helped by Russia; had his second campaign manager abruptly resign after a report linked him with pro-Russian forces trying to undermine U.S. policy in Europe; and has apparently picked a CEO with close ties to Russia for secretary of state — isn’t a puppet for Vladimir Putin?

At this point, Donald Trump seems to have more ties to Russia than most of the people living there. I’m shocked Putin hasn’t given him dual citizenship, to be honest.

And I’m not even getting into everything, either. The extensive list of asinine things Trump’s done in just about a month since winning our election is shocking.

That’s why I have even less respect for Trump supporters now than I did before the election.

It was one thing to support this orange buffoon for president despite the glaring fact that he was neither fit nor qualified for the office. It’s an entirely different level of ignorance to jump through hoops to defend Donald Trump even as he continues to prove that, not only were many of his campaign promises blatant lies, but everyone who opposed him was absolutely right to do so.

Allen Clifton

Allen Clifton is a native Texan who now lives in the Austin area. He has a degree in Political Science from Sam Houston State University. Allen is a co-founder of Forward Progressives and creator of the popular Right Off A Cliff column and Facebook page. Be sure to follow Allen on Twitter and Facebook, and subscribe to his channel on YouTube as well.


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