Donald Trump is a joke, but the dumpster fire he calls an administration isn’t. He’s risking our national security by potentially weakening our relationships with key allies, and their intelligence gathering which we use to help protect us from terrorism, because he won’t admit that he was wrong and apologize for pushing the ridiculous conspiracy that Barack Obama illegally wiretapped Trump Tower.
As I recently posted on Facebook, we really need to start talking about impeachment. We’re facing a situation where, just as I predicted, Trump’s putting himself and his ego over what’s best for the country.
Though he’s not the only problem we’re dealing with. In fact, I could easily argue that Trump’s only allowed to be as terrible as he is because of the people who support him. The millions of conservatives who don’t hold him accountable for a damn thing; individuals who seem to exist inside a version of reality that’s only “real” to them. It’s a place where the “rules” change based upon whatever they want to be real at any particular moment.
One thing I’ve personally noticed is that my friends and family who are the least informed about politics, the economy, or how our government works are nearly all diehard Trump supporters. Even the Trump people I deal with online almost never cite anything factual when defending him. Typically, all they do is parrot his talking points and conspiracies.
I’ve written about a few encounters I’ve had with friends of mine who support him, but a story from the Washington Post provided one of the best examples of what I mean when I say most Trump supporters are absolutely delusional:
Soon after Charla McComic’s son lost his job, his health-insurance premium dropped from $567 per month to just $88, a “blessing from God” that she believes was made possible by President Trump.
“I think it was just because of the tax credit,” said McComic, 52, a former first-grade teacher who traveled to Trump’s Wednesday night rally in Nashville from Lexington, Tenn., with her daughter, mother, aunt and cousin.
“So far, everything’s been positive, from what I can tell,” she said, waiting for Trump’s rally here to begin Wednesday night. “I just hope that more and more people and children get covered under this new health-care plan.”
McComic says she has never trusted a president the way she trusts Trump. Ahead of the election, she and her relatives turned their cars into a “Trump train” and drove across Lexington, waving flags and shouting: “Trump! Trump! Vote for Trump!”
“We said: ‘Who else would we do this for, besides Trump?’ ” McComic said. “We agreed on the Lord. We would stand here for the Lord, but that’s about it.”
First, the fact that she said the only other person she’d travel to see speak was “the Lord,” shows the type of irrational obsession many people who defend Trump have for him.
But what’s astonishing is the amount of misinformation McComic believes is true.
She thinks Trump deserves credit for benefits from a health care law he is about to destroy that was passed by President Obama. Like many conservatives, it’s clear McComic has no idea that the party she supports has been fighting for years to strip away the very “blessing from God” for which she wrongly credits Trump’s policies.
Then there’s the fact that she believes Trumpcare is going to provide health care for more people. That’s been debunked by practically every credible analysis indicating that millions of Americans are going to lose health care, with the poor and elderly being negatively impacted the most.
Oh, and to top it all off, she has a 3-year-old granddaughter on Medicaid — the program Trumpcare would gut.
Clearly a devout Trump supporter, this lady is completely impervious to the facts surrounding Obamacare and Trumpcare. This is the attitude I’ve seen from so many who claim Trump’s going to “Make America great again!”
I want people to really let this woman’s comments sink in, because her misguided take on reality isn’t rare among Trump supporters. She claims she’s never trusted anyone like she does Donald Trump, while wrongly giving him credit for a “blessing from God” that he actually campaigned to get rid of. She’s also clearly unaware that if Trump gets his way on health care, millions of people will lose coverage. Moreover, she’s ignorant to the fact that if Trump gets his way, the very Medicaid program her granddaughter is on will be stripped of billions in funding. Meaning that in the future, little girls like her granddaughter might not be able to receive any sort of health care.
This is what makes Trump so dangerous. It’s not just his general mental instability and incompetence that’s such a threat to this country, but how misinformed and gullible a lot of his supporters are. Many of them are the living embodiment of the proverbial “like a lamb to slaughter” as they enthusiastically adore and defend someone whose policies are going to wreck so many of their families and communities.
But the kicker is, with most of these folks, even if you provide a mountain of evidence proving what they think about Trump isn’t true, it wouldn’t impact how they feel about him. In fact, most won’t believe anything you show them that proves how dishonest Trump is. The only source they trust is Donald J. Trump — the very person who supports policies that aren’t going to do anything more than make their lives much more difficult.
And, sadly, even when that happens, most of his supporters will blame anyone and everyone but him.