People who follow me on Twitter or Facebook are probably aware that when it comes to debating supporters of Donald Trump, I take a different tactic than most. I’m not going to pretend like I’ve changed many of their minds, but I have found this strategy to be somewhat effective when it comes to at least making them stammer or scurry away from a topic they’re forced to defend rather than simply regurgitating a talking point they’ve been fed by Trump, Fox News, or the rest of the conservative media.
Well, I’ve found another somewhat successful tactic for combating this on-going belief being pushed by Trump that everything negative about him is part of some conspiracy. It comes down to a very simple question. Of these two options, which is more realistic?:
There’s a massive global conspiracy against Donald Trump that involves most of the U.S. media; most of the world’s media; U.S. intelligence officials from every national security branch; and the countless tens of thousands of people it would take to rig millions of votes and cover up terrorist attacks all over the world. These people are all apparently in cahoots against a man who’s been taken to court over 3,500 times; was found guilty of creating fake anti-gambling organizations that used blatant racism to slander Native Americans because he was hoping to block a competing casino from being built; accepted a deal with the Department of Justice over his business racially discriminating against minorities; bragged about being a sexual predator; refuses to release his tax returns and has repeatedly lied about why he won’t; and settled a lawsuit for $25 million where he was accused of creating a fake university that even the state of Texas once called a scam.
– OR –
Donald Trump is completely full of crap and, like most con men, fabricates ridiculous lies and/or conspiracy theories whenever his bullshit is called out or things aren’t going his way.
Clearly that’s an overly simplified way to look at it, but supporting him really does come down to one or the other. The stuff I’ve listed isn’t up for debate, it’s all indisputable. Yet when Trump supporters tell me they think he’s an honest person, or that what they hear from the media is all a lie, what they’re really saying is the first option I listed above is more realistic than the second — which is absolutely insane.
I’m not saying this question will change many minds, but in my experience, it has proven to be another fairly effective question that’s made a few of my Trump-supporting friends pause for a moment before responding. And, ultimately, my goal with using these tactics is to force Trump supporters to defend what it is they believe about him rather than come at them with facts that they’ve proven time and time again they’ll simply ignore.