While most have been appalled by some of Donald Trump’s recent comments, I absolutely love everything he’s been saying. Here we have someone who’s going off on some of the most disgusting racist tirades against Mexicans we’ve ever seen – to such an extent that even many of his fellow GOP candidates are bashing him – and he’s climbing in the polls. Heck, he currently leads in North Carolina.
Yes, you read that correctly: Donald Trump called most Mexican immigrants criminals and rapists – and became the GOP frontrunner (or damn close to it) soon after.
That should give you an idea of the true values of many conservative voters, which is the part I’m enjoying most. Here we have someone who literally doesn’t give a damn what anyone thinks of him, saying all sorts of ignorant and hateful things, and he’s climbing in the polls. In other words, his racism and bigotry might be getting rejected by the Republican party itself – but not those who vote for Republicans.
But Trump’s strength, and yes it’s a strength, is his ability to literally not care how people view him. His ego is so massive, his arrogance is so obtuse, that he will say anything and everything he wants as long as he feels it’s going to benefit him.
That’s why I don’t understand why people are “shocked” that he’s doubling down on his racist comments – why wouldn’t he? He’s taking a massive amount of attention away from his other GOP rivals and seeing his numbers skyrocket in the polls. Politically speaking, he would be an idiot to go back on what’s essentially working out wonderfully for him at this particular moment.
But perhaps the best part of all of this is, almost nothing he says is actually true. In fact, his scorecard with Politifact is horrific.
Of the 23 comments they’ve fact checked, 78 percent (18 of 23) of those comments have been rated “Mostly False,” “False” or “Pants on Fire” – with 69 percent falling into the latter two categories.
That is an atrocious record when it comes to telling the truth.
But it’s not just the rate at which Trump lies, it’s that many of those lies are either bigoted statements he just flat-out made up or he was completely incompetent when trying to decipher the source of information that led him to make one of these totally inaccurate comments.
Take for instance a claim he made soon after he announced his candidacy where he said that our GDP was zero for the first quarter of this year. Yes, a multibillionaire businessman claimed that the U.S. GDP for the first quarter of 2015 was zero – even though that’s essentially impossible. So he was either blatantly lying or he’s somehow managed to become a billionaire without understanding a very basic principle of economics and our economy.
And being that this is “The Donald” we’re talking about, either is possible.
But what all of this does seem to prove is that, based upon Donald Trump’s recent surge in most presidential polls, for many conservative voters, dishonesty and racism is exactly what they want to hear.
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