Every day I receive messages from supporters of Donald Trump criticizing me for something I’ve written where I’ve either pointed out how terrible he is or how ignorant they are to defend and support him. I can’t help but laugh at how hostile many of these folks are toward people like myself for believing that someone has to be a moron to support Trump. It’s not those of us who oppose Trump who are treating his supporters like morons — he is.
I have a simple philosophy about liars: Typically, a liar only lies when they feel whomever they’re lying to is foolish/gullible/stupid enough to believe them.
The truth is, if Trump had any respect for those who support him, he wouldn’t say and do the ridiculous things he does. He would know that they were too intelligent, sophisticated, and educated to fall for outrageous conspiracies and comical scams like “taxpayers will fund the wall now, but Mexico will pay for it — eventually.”
But Trump supporters don’t have to take my word for it. Just over a year ago Trump, himself, admitted he knows his supporters are mindless sheep who will support him no matter what he does. Something he doubled-down on about a week later.
For someone like Trump to have the gall to make the completely unfounded claims he frequently does knowing that his supporters will never question, fact-check, or call him out on it is proof that he feels/knows that his supporters are either ignorant, lazy, or stupid.
This is someone who:
- Denied he ever supported the Iraq War, even though there’s audio evidence he did.
- Called removing Gaddafi from power a “disaster,” even though on his own video blog that’s exactly what he said we should do.
- Said he personally saw “thousands and thousands” of Muslims celebrating 9/11 in the streets of New Jersey, then claimed there’s a massive media conspiracy to cover up the evidence.
- Claimed the NFL sent him a letter complaining about the presidential debate schedule, then the league instantly denied ever sending any such letter.
- Said he couldn’t release his tax returns because they were being audited, a lie the IRS quickly debunked.
- Said the unemployment rate is 42 percent, even though that would create mass chaos and a societal breakdown.
- Claimed he has a plan to defeat ISIS, but won’t tell anyone because he needs to keep it a secret so the enemy won’t know his plan.
- Told a crowd that the GDP was zero or even below zero, which would be impossible.
- Denied ever saying climate change was a hoax created by the Chinese, even though that’s exactly what he tweeted out in 2012.
- Claimed the inauguration was the “largest in history,” even though indisputable photographic evidence proved that wasn’t true.
- Told reporters his electoral college victory was the largest since Ronald Reagan, even though Barack Obama and Bill Clinton had bigger electoral college wins in both of their elections and George H. W. Bush did, too.
- Has repeatedly said “millions and millions” of people voted illegally, yet hasn’t provided a shred of evidence to back that up.
- Claimed “thousands” of people were bussed in from Massachusetts to New Hampshire to “vote illegally,” yet hasn’t provided a single shred of evidence to back that up.
A person can’t make all of those ridiculous claims — most of which can be easily debunked with a simple Google search or he continues to refuse to provide any evidence to support — unless you know your supporters are stupid enough to believe anything you say.
It reminds me of when my oldest nephew was three and we’d tell him there was a “monster” who’d come take away his toys if he didn’t stop misbehaving. Now he never once saw this “monster” (obviously, because it wasn’t real), nor did it ever take away his toys for being bad, but the mention of this “monster” was enough to get him to behave 9 times out of 10. But the only reason we were able to pull off that con was because we knew we were dealing with the mind of a child who was naive enough to believe something as ridiculous as there’s toy-stealing monster on the lookout for children misbehaving.
Well, that’s basically how Trump treats his supporters.
He blatantly lies as much as he does because he knows that many of his supporters are naive enough to believe him. Even if he doesn’t provide a shred of evidence to back up anything he’s saying. So his supporters shouldn’t get upset when individuals like myself call them stupid, ignorant, or naive, because we’re not the ones treating them like mindless idiots — Donald Trump’s the one doing that.
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