Since he launched his campaign, I’ve written several articles pertaining to the types of people who support Donald Trump, the traits many of them share, and even why many of them back this orange clown. While “total and complete ignorance” still rants at the top of my list, there’s one rather unsettling reason why a good chunk of Trump’s supporters are proud to support a pathological-lying propagandist who wants turn the presidency into a dictatorship: Because they’re fine with supporting a dictator.
This notion that many Republicans respect this country and its Constitution is just as big of a joke now as it was the first time I heard it when I was young. Republicans have proven, repeatedly, that they have no problem trying to violate the Constitutional rights of tens of millions of Americans if they don’t feel like they should have them. They’re perfectly fine telling homosexuals they can’t marry; women they can’t have control over their own bodies; pushing for voter ID laws that seek to deter people from voting; and blocking an elected president from replacing a Supreme Court Justice like the Constitution gives him the power to do.
Even when you go back into the history of conservatives (not Republicans as I’ve pointed out before, the ideologies of the parties switched decades ago), especially in the South and rural areas, these are the same types people who, generation after generation, believed human beings should be owned as property, women shouldn’t be allowed to vote, segregation was Constitutional, different races shouldn’t marry, and homosexuals shouldn’t be given equal rights.
As I’ve said plenty of times, conservatives are always on the wrong side of history.
Looking back on Nazi Germany, many of us still can’t fathom how that was allowed to happen. How could so many people support such a horrific regime based on monstrous ideas and beliefs?
Well, while many were ignorant and/or brainwashed, the nauseating truth is that there were a lot of people who wanted to be ruled by a dictator. They believed and supported what Adolf Hitler was saying. He’s was pandering to their hate, fear, and vilifying people they didn’t like. They didn’t care that he was a an absolute monster who lied, pushed outrageous propaganda, and restricted the freedoms of millions — because they weren’t the ones he was targeting.
That’s similar to what we’re seeing now.
We can talk about how Trump’s trying to rule like a dictator (because he absolutely is), but the reality is that a good chunk of his supporters are perfectly fine with that. Just as long as he’s targeting people they don’t like, vilifying the right groups, pandering to what they want to hear, and violating the rights of people they don’t feel should have them — then they couldn’t care less about whether or not he’s trying to create the country’s first dictatorship.
As long as what Trump’s telling them is what they want to hear, no matter how unconstitutional or dishonest it is, then they’re more than willing to accept tens of millions of Americans having their rights stripped away from them at the hands of a dictator.
That’s the sad and scary truth to this. There are millions of people in this country who say they love and respect the Constitution, but that couldn’t be further from the truth. While they might never admit it, they like the fact that Trump’s acting like a dictator — because that’s what they want. They don’t care if an enemy cyber attack manipulated our democracy to help elect someone who wouldn’t have won without it; that voter ID laws suppress the vote of particular voters; that Trump “won” despite his opponent getting 3 million more votes than he did; that gerrymandering distorts the true purpose of the House of Representatives by distorting an accurate representation of the voters of that state to favor one party; or that Republicans in the Senate ignored their Constitutional duty to allow Barack Obama to replace Antonin Scalia on the Supreme Court… because that all benefits what they want.
If lying, cheating, voter suppression, or defending enemies who attack us helps them “win,” they’re perfectly fine with all of that.
It’s time we face facts: Donald Trump is being allowed to act and rule like a dictator because millions of Republicans want this country to be ruled by a conservative dictatorship.