While I know why most members of the mainstream media try to at least appear somewhat impartial, if not out-right play dumb at times, I’ve about reached my limit when it comes to hearing people try to have “deep and complex debates” concerning why Donald Trump has become so popular with many Republicans.
This is not rocket science. Anyone who’s been paying attention to Republican politics for the last few years (decades, really) knows exactly why Trump has managed to become a Republican superstar and the overwhelming GOP presidential candidate.
Because he’s pandering to the bigotry, racism, hate, paranoia, prejudice and overall ignorance that the Republican party has embraced for decades.
But despite that obvious fact, there are still “daily discussions” all over the news with pundits “dumbfounded” about Trump’s meteoric rise within the GOP.
So I decided I’d go through a few of the ones I hear often that have ticked me off the most.
1. He’s just telling it like it is: Excuse my language, but that’s complete bullshit. Donald Trump isn’t “telling it like it is” because practically nothing he says is actually true. Just because someone says something repetitively, rudely and confidently doesn’t make what they’re saying remotely accurate or factual.
2. He’s tapping into the anger of Americans tired of the status quo: No, he’s not. He’s pandering to bigots, racists and paranoid people who think anything that’s not straight, white and Christian isn’t really a part of “American values.”
3. He’s an outsider: Okay, this is partially true. Donald Trump has never been a politician. But neither has Carly Fiorina or Ben Carson and they never saw the overwhelming (and sustained) success that Trump has this election.
4. He’s not an elitist: This one actually makes me laugh. Can someone please explain to me how a multi-billionaire who came from a family with a whole lot money isn’t an “elitist”? Does Trump live a modest life? Because last time I checked, the guy slaps his name on damn near everything he can and brags about how rich he is nearly every day.
5. He’s against trade agreements and has promised to bring back American jobs: So, let me get something straight. Donald Trump is running on a platform of bringing jobs back to America and how trade agreements have cost Americans jobs – says the guy whose business manufactures products in China, Mexico and other overseas markets? Seems rather hypocritical when, as a supposed “advocate for American workers,” he was left with the option of creating manufacturing jobs here in the U.S. to make his products or outsourcing them to cheaper markets – he chose to use cheaper overseas labor.
6. People feel betrayed by the Republican party: Alright, I can see that on some levels. Republicans have spent years making bold promises for political gains on which they knew they could never deliver. That being said, is someone who’s openly admitted to trying to buy and bribe politicians really the best person to restore “dignity” to politics? After all, if the GOP was corrupted – it’s rich people like Trump who were the ones corrupting it.
7. He’s masculine and tough, a real man’s man: Seriously? The guy who’s so thin-skinned he lashes out at anyone who criticizes him, while being clearly insecure about the size of his hands and whining about anyone who he feels is being “unfair” to him is “manly, tough and masculine”? Please.
8. He’s saying what a lot of Americans have been thinking: Sure, this is true. But just because there are a lot of bigoted, ignorant and flat-out stupid people in this country who believe a lot of information that’s not factual or even remotely true, is that really a noteworthy quality? There’s a reason why it’s been proven that the less educated someone is, the more likely they are to be a Donald Trump supporter.
There are more, but I think I’ve made my point.
I’m just sick of it all. The rise of Donald Trump shouldn’t have really been shocking – it should have been expected. For decades the GOP has pandered to and empowered the most ignorant among us. Then in 2008, with the rise of the tea party, these folks officially had organized representation in our government.
And now that they have a president-elect who’s perfectly pandered to the racism, bigotry, paranoia and ignorance that’s driven the Republican party for years, some people are still trying to play dumb as to why Trump has managed to become as successful as he has thus far.
When the truth of the matter is, someone as vile as Donald Trump becoming the face of the Republican party was never a matter of if – just when.
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