Unless you’re a supporter of Donald Trump, chances are you recognize how full of crap he is. While all politicians are full of it on some level, Trump’s asinine rhetoric is so incredibly transparent you really do have to be an absolute idiot to think that he should be our next president.
I’ve started referring to his campaign as the “Cult of Trump.” It doesn’t matter what he does, his supporters flat-out don’t care. If he does something vile, they make excuses for him. If he blatantly lies, they believe him over anything else. To many of his supporters the only “truth” is what comes out of his mouth – even if almost nothing truthful ever comes out of it.
What’s so incredible about this is the fact that Trump doesn’t remotely try to hide the fact that he just says whatever he thinks his lemmings want to hear.
In fact, just about a week ago he essentially admitted that he knows his followers are mindless idiots when he said he could shoot someone in the middle of 5th Avenue and he wouldn’t lose any voters. That was the first time I had ever really seen a presidential candidate openly call his supporters morons who lacked morals to such an extent that they would support someone who might have just committed murder.
Well, Trump did it again. During a meeting with the New York Times editorial writers, he admitted that his supporters are so easily manipulated that if he senses they’re getting bored or zoning out, he can just throw out the old “We need to build a wall!” line and they’ll erupt into applause.
“You know,” Trump told the NYT. “if it gets a little boring, if I see people starting to sort of, maybe thinking about leaving, I can sort of tell the audience, I just say, ‘We will build the wall!’ and they go nuts.”
Like I’ve said several times before, if Trump somehow manages to become our next president, he will have done so by openly admitting that he knows the people who voted for him are easily manipulated fools who will believe anything. Because, contextually, that’s exactly what these sorts of comments mean.
Someone asked me the other day what Trump would need to do in order to be knocked off the top of the GOP presidential ladder. Honestly, I’m not sure if there’s anything that he can say or do for that to happen. There’s practically no other candidate who has seriously challenged him in the polls (Ted Cruz is a very distant second), so there’s not really a “next candidate up” like there was in 2012 when it seems like nearly every candidate was a “frontrunner” at some point.
The truth is, Donald Trump is right about his supporters. It’s not that he’s a strong candidate who couldn’t be taken down. It’s that those who support him don’t care about pesky things like facts, reality or truth. All they want is a candidate who’s going to pander to their bigotry, racism and ignorance – and Trump has built his entire campaign off of doing just that.