My Number One Piece of Advice for Everyone Who’s Dealt with a Trump Supporter

Over the course of Donald Trump’s presidential campaign, I lost count of how many times political analysts, myself included, claimed that something he had said or done was “finally what was going to lead to his downfall and chase off enough of his supporters.”

Obviously that never happened.

Seemingly too proud to ever admit that they were wrong about him, the more indefensible Trump’s behavior has been, the more enthusiastically they’ve tried to defend it.

He’s belittled POWs, used rhetoric that drew wide-spread support among neo-Nazis, mocked a reporter with disabilities, was caught on video bragging about sexually assaulting women, and more recently called a Gold Star widow a liar after she confirmed that he told her that her husband who had recently been killed in combat “knew what he signed up for.”

None of it’s mattered to the vast majority of his supporters or the Republican Party.

No matter how much he lies, attacks our Constitutional values such as the freedom of the press or our judiciary system, inspires white nationalism, belittles our active military, veterans, or their families, embarrasses the country, divides Americans, or proves he’s completely unfit for office — they simply don’t care.

Often I feel like Jesus Christ, himself, could come down from the heavens, call Donald Trump the living embodiment of the anti-Christ and the antithesis to true Christian values, and the overwhelming majority of his supporters wouldn’t change their minds about him. In fact, they’d probably turn on Jesus.

That’s how ridiculous I’ve found most of his supporters to be.

We all need to stop acting like anything he says or does is going to drive off huge swaths of his supporters.

It’s. Not. Going. To. Happen.

Tom Brokaw told Chuck Todd on “Meet the Press” this morning that he recently visited a town in Wyoming where Trump received something like 70% of the vote. He said if an election were held today, he’d probably still receive around 69.8% of the vote in that town. 

I’m not saying we shouldn’t still keep fact checking Trump’s non-stop lies, or even trying to debate his supporters as much as possible, no matter how maddening an experience that might be. All I’m saying is that we need to stop expecting anything he does to have a significant impact on the majority of people who support him.

Sure, a few might change their minds and there’s obviously been a dip in his overall support since he was sworn into office. However, when you get down to his core supporters, the people who’ve ignored appalling indiscretions that would have sunk any other politician’s career, if those particular individuals haven’t abandoned him yet — they’re never going to.

Here’s a harsh reality: They don’t care if Trump’s campaign colluded with Russia.

The FBI could find evidence where Donald Trump and Vladimir Putin personally spoke with one another to time their attacks against Hillary Clinton and most Trumpsters would be fine with that. As long as he won, they don’t care what it took, what he had to do, how many crimes he might have committed, or even if a foreign enemy tainted our democracy by interfering in our election — Trump supporters simply don’t care.

For them, the ends justify the means.

So, please, everyone reading, save your sanity. Stop expecting most Trump supporters to suddenly start caring that they’re backing a vile human being, a con artist, a sexual predator, and an absolute national embarrassment.

They simply don’t care.

Be sure to follow me on Twitter and Facebook to let me know what you think.

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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  • Yogini

    You’re spot on Allen. My only addition is that if you still support Trump, you absolutely can no longer call yourself a patriot. At least not an American patriot. Perhaps a Russian patriot?

    • strayaway

      The new McCarthyism is alive and well among “progressives” whose favorite Republican seems to be John McCain and are now aligned with neocons. Old Joe would be proud.

      • John Smith

        No, democrats would not do better. If you didn’t notice the pattern of the corporate news in every election, then you will, once you get some experience under your belt. Bernie was allowed to do what he did because the media was complacent in him harming democrats. When he runs again, and gets the nomination, you will see. They will make him out to be the devil in disguise. One positive note on that is due to Hillary supporters going through it, we aren’t as gullible.

      • miketheorganist

        The media was WHAT???

      • Yogini

        Are you saying that there is not ample evidence in the Russia investigation? Then you need to turn off Fox News for 5 minutes. And my favorite Republican is John Kasich.

      • strayaway

        Oh, there is ample evidence for the Russian investigation. Prominent members of the DNC just signed a letter accusing Donna Brazile. “It is particularly troubling and puzzling that (Donna Brazile) would seemingly buy into false Russian-fueled propaganda, spread by both THE RUSSIANS and our opponent, about our candidate’s health” This was signed by former Clinton campaign officials, including Huma Abedin, Robby Mook, Jennifer Palmieri and John Podesta. I’m tellin’ you the Russians are everywhere; they’re everywhere.

      • saffiregal

        Sob, sob sore loser strayaway

      • 1bestdog

        Yeah, the Russians also pay well (As it is an investment to taking down our country), so they are in more places then you can probably comprehend. Jill Stein sat at the same table as Flynn. Bet you love her.

      • strayaway

        I do love Jill Stein. She tried to prove that Russia hacked the close Michigan election when Michigan used paper ballots. So much fun!

        What investment? The largest Russian investment I know of was investing in the Clinton Foundation, which does such good work, while Hillary was Secretary of State and before the State Department gave its approval to the uranium deal.

      • Kit Kimberly

        Maybe if privileged white men and the idiot women who buy into their own oppression would actually LEARN what progressivism is:

        If you’re not feminist, you’re not progressive. The anti-Hillary “left” is NEITHER.

      • strayaway

        It must be because its so confusing being both privileged and oppressed at the same time in the same sentence. It must be a little like being Bernie supporters who claim to be feminist and progressive.

      • Kit Kimberly

        That makes me both LOL and :'( :O

      • 1bestdog


  • Irvin Case

    I’ve been saying the same thing since Trump began his presidential run, especially the part about Jesus. I would like to confront my deeply devoted Christian family and friends who voted for Trump and ask them if they were to meet Jesus tommorow face to face, if they could support and defend him to their Saviour, who was the opposite of what Trump represents. My own opinion is that anyone who supports Trump and his administration cannot possibly be a Christian or a patriot. Being a military veteran and a Christian, I truly believe that.

    • strayaway

      For many voters, it was a choice between the lesser of two evils. Senator Clinton voted for Bush’s lies and war in Iraq, supported the overthrow of Libya and the attempted overthrow of Assad. Her policies led to hundreds of thousands of Arab deaths, millions of refugees, and the rekindling of the cold war. Without even getting into issues such as the Clinton Foundation, using an inadequate and illegal server to transmit government security information, Wikileak and Donna Brazile’s revelations, or Hillary’s personality, her foreign policy slime trail of death and destruction might be problematic enough for Jesus’ endorsement.

      • Irvin Case

        That is a deflection from my comments which were about Trump, not Clinton, which is a typical response from Trump supporters. I have never cared for Clinton, and would never defend her. But Trump is a much worse choice of the “lesser of two evils”, since he continues to be the exact opposite of what Jesus taught. Read the Bible and then study his life, words and behavior and then make a decision of what Jesus would endorse.

      • strayaway

        You wrote, “anyone who supports Trump and his administration cannot possibly be a Christian or a patriot.” I pointed out that in my opinion, reasons for voting for Trump include not voting for Hillary’s history of death and destruction. Maybe you think Jesus advocated death and destruction. I don’t. What, in your opinion, has Trump DONE that is worse than having a significant hand in causing hundreds of thousands of war deaths and creating millions more refugees? I don’t think I like your neocon version of Jesus.

  • reginald wilson

    There is just one thing I disagree with you on. I do not believe his supporters ‘just don’t care’…I believe that pretending they don’t care, they are flipping the bird to those of us who simply despise him.