The Sad Truth is Trump Supporters Mistake His Incompetence for Intelligent Strategy

While most of the world looks at Donald Trump’s erratic behavior and incompetence as proof that he can’t be trusted, isn’t mentally stable enough to be “president,” and is clearly not qualified for the job, to the vast majority of his supporters, they see this as part of his “intelligent strategy.”



Like a masterful con man, Trump has convinced his supporters that everything he says and does, no matter how inexcusable or embarrassing, is all part of his “plan.” When the truth is, he’s an emotionally unstable buffoon who has absolutely no idea what he’s doing.

Just look at how he talks about fighting terrorism or dealing with North Korea and Iran. When pressed to provide details about his strategy, he always remains vague. While he enjoys “talking tough” on Twitter about Kim Jong-Un, or “Little Rocket Man” as he’s now started calling him (I still can’t believe this idiot is president), he always sells his lack of details as “part of his strategy.”

Anyone gullible enough to buy that excuse is probably gullible enough to be a Trump supporter.

Remember his “secret plan to defeat ISIS in 30 days?”

Well, it’s been well over 30 days — ISIS still exists.

When Trump has no idea what he’s doing, which is practically all of the time, his go-to move is to be vague, claiming that he knows the details, he’s just not ready to make them public yet. Which is really code for, “I have no idea what I’m doing, nor can I deliver on the promise I just made, but it’s what my supporters wanted to hear and I know they’re stupid enough to believe everything I say.”

Even when you look at how Trump “negotiates,” it’s an absolute joke. He’s not a master negotiator, he’s a petulant buffoon who tries to intimidate and bully people into doing what he wants.

There’s definitely an art to negotiation, but Trump doesn’t have it.

Look at his utter failure to get anything passed by a Congress controlled by his own party. They couldn’t even “repeal and replace” Obamacare with simple majority votes. Where was Trump’s “expertise as a negotiator” to get that done? All I saw was repeated whining on social media about Obamacare, attacks hurled at Republicans telling them to get something done, and threats to sabotage the law (which he’s actively doing) if they didn’t do what he wanted.

And what was the ultimate result?

They accomplished absolutely nothing. Heck, they didn’t even vote on their latest failed attempt to repeal the law because their latest version had even less support than the one that didn’t pass a few weeks ago.

Despite all of Trump’s social media outbursts, threats, and lies about Obamacare — he couldn’t get anything accomplished.

Yet Trump supporters don’t see it that way. In their minds, they see his Twitter hissy fits, threats, and attempts to sabotage the law as “skilled strategy” rather than seeing it for what it is: the asinine ramblings of an incompetent blowhard whose leadership is so ineffective that even his own party couldn’t care less what he wants.


While sane, rational people see his bombastic comments aimed at North Korea as dangerous rhetoric that’s inching us closer to a war which would end up costing millions of lives, Trump supporters see this as “skilled international diplomacy.” Such as this Fox News contributor who laughably claimed that it’s a good thing for other world leaders to think Trump’s a “madman.”

Then there’s the absurd amount of turnover he’s had within his administration. Instead of realizing that’s a huge sign of how chaotic his “presidency” has been, Trump supporters simply see it as “him making sure the best people are in place.” If Trump gets rid of someone, it’s never because he made a mistake, or that person got tired of dealing with his insanity, it’s because they were the problem.

The truth is, he is the problem — they just don’t want to admit the truth.

Oh, and we can’t forget how many positions he’s yet to fill, much to the dismay of key members of his administration.

To this day, it’s still mind-boggling to sit here and think about the fact that there are millions of people who don’t see what an obvious fraud Donald Trump is. This is why I consider his following more of a cult than a group of people supporting a “president.” No matter what he says or does, no matter how many lies get debunked, or campaign promises he breaks, his supporters never doubt him.

The sad truth of it is, Donald Trump has managed to convince millions of Americans that his mental instability and incompetence is actually part of his “strategy.”

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Allen Clifton

Allen Clifton is a native Texan who now lives in the Austin area. He has a degree in Political Science from Sam Houston State University. Allen is a co-founder of Forward Progressives and creator of the popular Right Off A Cliff column and Facebook page. Be sure to follow Allen on Twitter and Facebook, and subscribe to his channel on YouTube as well.

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