I absolutely loathe Trump supporters. In all my years dealing with politics, I have never encountered a group of people who are as repulsive, ignorant or appalling. Then again, these are folks who support someone who’s belittled a war veteran, mocked a man with disabilities and apparently believes women are “disgusting” for using the bathroom.
For a while I’ve gone back and forth over whether or not I really wanted to see Trump win the GOP nomination. At first I wasn’t exactly thrilled with the idea of having Trump one election victory away from the White House. Even the slightest possibly that he could win terrified me (and still does). Then the thought of having to listen to Trump for the next few months made me doubt whether or not my sanity can take a Trump presidential run that lasts until November. I finally began leaning toward wanting him to win the nomination (my sanity be damned) because there’s almost no way he could win the general election. His nomination should mean an easy victory for Democrats.
Now I’m fully onboard with wanting him to win the Republican nomination.
Well, because there’s now a growing movement among many Republicans (though it’s been there for a while) who have seized upon the “Trump is a fake conservative/Clinton plot” conspiracy. Again, while this has been an underlying rumor for several months, I’ve seen more and more Republicans push this idea lately. The only problem is – it doesn’t make a damn bit of sense.
Let’s assume for a moment, just for the sake of argument, that the Clintons convinced Trump to run… so what? How would that “plan,” in any way, have anything to do with Trump’s rise among Republican voters? Are the Clintons making millions of conservatives support “The Donald”? Are the Clintons making tens of thousands of conservatives flock to his campaign speeches? Are the Clintons making conservatives flood the Internet with “#MakeAmericaGreatAgain” and “#Trump2016” hashtags and campaign slogans?
No, they’re not.
The truth is, it doesn’t matter why Trump decided to run. The why has nothing to do with the overwhelming support he’s getting in the polls. Unless these Republicans are saying that conservatives are so stupid and easily manipulated that the Clintons and Trump knew it was a foregone conclusion that his rhetoric would lead to him ascending to the top of the GOP presidential leaderboard.
And while I do think many conservatives are easily manipulated, I don’t think that the Clintons and Donald Trump are so clever that they could have predicted belittling a war veteran and battling Fox News over “fairness” would have lifted his campaign up to the top of the GOP presidential ladder.
Then there’s another conspiracy I’ve encountered that’s even more ridiculous. That it’s supporters of President Obama and Hillary Clinton who are choosing Trump in these polls and that he’s really not the “Republican” frontrunner. That’s just what Democrats want Republicans to believe.
Yeah, because that’s completely rational and believable.
The truth is, many Republicans are in denial that Trump and his asinine rhetoric are actually being overwhelmingly supported by conservatives. They refuse to believe that the majority of their party would support someone like Trump, so they’re making up these ridiculous conspiracies trying to cope with the reality that Trump has once-and-for-all exposed that the Republican party is driven by hate, racism, sexism, bigotry and fear.
That’s why I really hope Donald Trump wins the nomination. Not only would it be an easy victory for Democrats, but I’ll enjoy watching Republicans self-implode over these next few months as they try to convince themselves that the candidate who was overwhelmingly nominated by millions of conservative voters somehow doesn’t represent the values of the Republican party.