Looking at the calendar, I can’t believe it’s been over a year since Donald Trump announced he was running for president. What began as a joke to most people has erupted into the most absurd presidential campaign we’ve ever witnessed. The possibility of Trump being our next president isn’t just something I oppose because he’s a Republican. Donald J. Trump being our next president is something I oppose because he’s a pathological lying bigot who’s based most of his campaign on outright lies and would embarrass this country to such an extent the damage he would cause might never be undone.
But in all honesty, I don’t see Trump as a presidential candidate as much as I see him the head of his own hate group.
I’ve never seen a group of supporters so hostile, angry and flat-out hateful. These folks hate everyone from:
- Anyone who remotely criticizes Trump.
- Other Republicans.
- Women (at least Trump does).
- Pretty much anyone who isn’t a Trump supporter.
Donald Trump has based his entire campaign on fear and lies to stoke the flames of hatred that exist among those who support him. These are people supporting a candidate who is quite literally saying that America is a “loser” that’s no longer great. That’s very similar to the sort of white nationalistic rhetoric hate groups use to rile people up into thinking that the United States is failing “them” because we’ve embraced equality and diversity.
These folks are rabid. I often avoid tagging Trump in anything I post about him on Twitter because my notifications will get bombarded with his supporters saying some of the most inane comments I’ve ever seen. And there’s absolutely no reasoning with them, either. It doesn’t matter what evidence you show them proving that almost everything Trump has told them is a lie, because it simply won’t matter. Unless it comes from his mouth, to them, it’s all just part of an elaborate conspiracy against Trump by the media and the “establishment.”
The bottom line is, most of Trump’s supporters aren’t lining up behind him because they care about this country. They’re eagerly rushing to support him because he’s preyed on their fear, their anger and their hatred toward basically anyone who isn’t a white, straight Christian conservative. These are people who support a candidate who’s belittled a war veteran, mocked a man with disabilities and referred to women going to the bathroom as “disgusting.” These aren’t “proud patriots,” they’re vengeful, hateful bigots. These are people who are terrified that “their country” is being “taken over” by people who aren’t just like them.
These aren’t people looking for someone to lead this nation for all Americans. These are folks who have simply rushed to embrace the most well-known racist, bigot and pusher of intolerance we have in this country – someone who’s been propped up by the conservative media for years. It just so happens that he’s running for president.