As Democrats, liberals or progressives – whatever we want to call ourselves – we have our fair share of assumptions, beliefs and ideas about your average Republican voter. Many of us view them as backwards, racist, bigoted, sexist and just overall flat-out ignorant. These are labels that were tough to prove because any individual example displaying any number of negative labels we place upon conservative voters is typically dismissed as an “outlier that doesn’t represent the values of the party.”
Even as Donald Trump began to cement himself as the overwhelming favorite in the 2016 GOP presidential primary, many Republicans claimed the very same rhetoric and behavior that eventually led to him becoming the presumptive Republican nominee didn’t “represent Republican values.”
You can’t help but laugh at people trying to claim that Trump didn’t represent the values of the GOP as he skyrocketed to popularity among conservative voters unlike any candidate we’ve seen in a very long time.
The bottom line is, Trump’s success has finally given us the indisputable truth that’s exposed what many of us on the left have long known about the typical Republican voter.
1. They don’t care about facts: I’ve said this several times before, if Donald Trump manages to become our next president, he will have done so by being, quite possibly, the most dishonest candidate in U.S. history. Literally almost nothing he says is true. Not only that, but most of his lies can be soundly and easily debunked with a simple Google search. Yet – it hasn’t mattered. No matter how much he lies, it doesn’t impact his support one bit. In fact, it only seems to make him more popular.
2. They have no problem with bigotry, racism or sexism: We have a candidate who has a long history of belittling women, who’s shared Tweets from white supremacists and has made a big part of his campaign vilifying Mexicans and Muslims. And the more bigoted, racist or sexist he gets – the more popular he becomes.
3. Their “respect for our military” is pure fiction: Look, it’s easy to say “I support our troops” and boast about how much you love our military – that’s cheap talk. But when your voters – by the tens of millions – line up behind a candidate who literally said he doesn’t consider POWs “war heroes” because he likes people who don’t get caught, I think you lose all right to say you have genuine respect for the men and women who serve in our military.
4. Republicans will believe damn near anything: Here we have a candidate who said he saw “thousands and thousands” of Muslims celebrating in New Jersey on 9/11 – even though there’s not a single shred of evidence to back him up. Not any news coverage, newspaper article, police report – nothing. Yet, despite the fact that this was a blatant lie, he actually tried to claim that the media was concealing all the evidence to protect Muslims.
Then there’s the fact that he constantly bounces around on his policy stances, rarely offers any specifics on any of them and now has come out saying that essentially everything he says is “just a suggestion.” Even when he talks about the Bible, it’s some of the most ridiculous gibberish I’ve ever heard. If you really believe Trump is some devout Christian, you need your head examined. It’s all an absolute joke and it shows that Republicans will believe anything as long as it sounds like something they want to hear – even if what they’re hearing is coming from one of the most obvious con men in political history.
5. They’re absolute hypocrites: While I can’t stand Sen. Ted Cruz, by all accounts, he is the prototypical “tea party conservative.” He’s a true evangelical Christian, has a long history of extremely conservative policy stances and has seemingly gone out of his way the last few years to pander to the truest form of “conservatism.” Yet, he was more or less crushed by Donald Trump during the primary. Not only did he lose the race by a fairly substantial margin, he lost the evangelical vote in most states. Republican voters had their choice to nominate possibly one of the most true-to-the-core Christian conservatives we’ve ever seen run for president – but, instead, they picked an adulterer on his third marriage whose tax plan will increase our national debt by trillions of dollars.
While I’m sure Republicans will continue to try to insist that Donald Trump’s more outrageous comments aren’t indicative of the party’s values, one thing the 2016 primary has finally proven is every negative liberals have believed about conservatives for years. They can try to spin it however they want, but Trump dominated the GOP primary. Not only did he win, but the party set records for voter turnout during the primary. So, no matter what Republicans might try to say going forward, Donald Trump has proven once and for all that liberals have been right about conservatives this whole time.
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