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To Trump Voters: Yes, We're Still Laughing at You

Duane is an avid reader and follower of all things social, spiritual, and political, and a committed leftist.

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Basket of Deplorables?

In the movie Star Wars, Jedi Master Obi Wan Kenobi says, "Who's the more foolish? The fool, or the fool who follows him?"

Not all Trump supporters are ignorant or poor. A sizable portion is economically well-off. Those in the $250k+/yr. range resonate with Trump's trickle-down economics. These well-to-do followers exploit the ignorant, poor, economically vulnerable Trump herd that actually propelled Trump to the Presidency.

Donald Trump, a master marketer, a man who claims to be worth billions of dollars, may possess little tangible worth, nothing more than celebrity and name recognition. When Hillary Clinton called half of Trump's supporters "a basket of deplorables," she was correct. About half of Donald Trump's supporters are ignorant, bigoted, angry, and afraid. They do not desire to overcome their ignorance or bigotry. Trump voters, a segment of the population comfortable, proudly comfortable, in their ignorance and racism. These folks seek an authoritarian strong man to validate their racism and smite those they hate and fear.

Which makes them deplorable.

Why Trump Supporters Are Deplorable:

  • If you'll pledge undying support to a man that shamelessly lies, you're deplorable.
  • If you rightfully believe Hillary Clinton can't be trusted but Donald Trump is worthy of your trust, you're disingenuous and hypocritical.
  • If you believe Trump, a man who claimed a $918 million dollar loss on his 1995 taxes, filed bankruptcy four times, lost money on a casino, rigged casinos to be remarkably profitable...if you believe that guy is a 'great businessman' who should guide the country's economy, you're extremely gullible.

That encapsulates the half of Trump supporters Hillary Clinton addressed as deplorable and irredeemable: reprehensible, beguiled, hypocritical, and gullible.

Use Your Words, Donald

Use Your Words, Donald

3 Reasons Why People Laugh at Trump

1. Trump Talks Like a 4th Grader

Most people that get conned and confounded are the victims of fast talkers that speak just over their target's heads. Not Trump, Donald Trump speaks at a pedestrian pace and ten year old's comprehension, a fourth grade level. He literally addresses his base like they're children.
By comparison, The Hill reports: President Obama speaks to the country at a 9th grade level, even George W. Bush spoke to the nation at a ninth grade level.

Nina Burleigh writes for Newsweek:
"The analysis assessed the first 30,000 words each president spoke in office, and ranked them on the Flesch-Kincaid grade level scale and more than two dozen other common tests analyzing English-language difficulty levels. Trump clocked in around mid-fourth grade, the worst since Harry Truman, who spoke at nearly a sixth-grade level."

Donald Trump uses language like a sledge hammer, the only tool in his box. At his rallies he speaks like the smartest dunce in the room.
He wouldn't know nuance if it grabbed his ass and stuck its tongue down his throat.
Many would say Trump is playing a moron to his followers, more would declare Donald Trump is a genuine clod, a mass media oaf.
He and his followers are attracted to each others bigotry and ignorance like flies to horse stables.

Ms. Burleigh goes on to write about Trump's response to Michael Wolff's expose' of Trump's incompetence in the book 'Fire and Fury':
“I think that would qualify as not smart, but genius....and a very stable genius at that!” He also tweeted {t}hat “throughout my life, my two greatest assets have been mental stability and being, like, really smart."

That sounds like a 4th grader running for class President.

"I love the poorly educated." ~ Donald J. Trump February 2016

"I love the poorly educated." ~ Donald J. Trump February 2016

2. He Is a Fake "Man of the People"

"In an interview with the Financial Times, Actor Sean Penn said “It doesn’t matter what Trump says because all he is doing is selling. It’s masturbatory populism. It’s really an opportunity for one man to have a group celebration of his own narcissism.”

Donald Trump does nothing that doesn't benefit Donald Trump directly. He doesn't care who gets screwed in the process. Donald Trump routinely stiffs contractors that do work for him, regular people just trying to make a living. Trump is a one percenter, or at least a poser of the wealthy elite. He was born to wealth, borrowed a million dollars from his father in 1975 to start his real estate ventures (worth about five million in today's dollars). Donald Trump was born to wealth and privilege, he wants his devoted believers to think he worked for his success, when in actuality his purported success is solely based on his inherited affluence and exploitation of workers.

Ohio Senator Sherrod Brown says:
"The Republican presidential nominee has always been a false prophet of populism—a fact confirmed beyond debate by the New York billionaire’s selection of Indiana Governor Mike Pence, an anti-union zealot who has supported free-trade pacts that devastate working families and the communities where they live, as his running mate."

Donald Trump bemoans the loss of American jobs and the callous disregard of American workers. However, steel for Trump construction projects is made in China, American steel workers are neglected. Trump apparel, even the ties he wears, are made in Mexico, not the United States. Trump's concern about the loss of American jobs rings hollow and hypocritical.
But that doesn't seem to faze his white working class support.

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3. His Flagrant Delusions of Grandeur

The Dunning Kruger Effect, a cognitive bias where low information, low ability individuals, display delusional superiority, erroneously thinking their intellect/ability to be much greater than what it actually is.

Donald Trump gives his supporters permission to be tragically, deplorably, ignorant. Their intellectual poverty is self-induced, they limit their information intake to alt-right, loony conspiracy theory information portals like Breitbart.com, this link describes Breitbart's alt-right ideology and Alex Jones' InfoWars empire. There is better information out there but they don't want it. They need their fears and bigotry reflected back to them by authority figures, they're authoritarians.
Bobby Azarian, a neuroscientist for Salon writes:

"Out of immense frustration, some of us may feel the urge to shake a Trump supporter and say, “Hey! Don’t you realize that he’s an idiot?!” No. They don’t. That may be hard to fathom, but that’s the nature of the Dunning-Kruger effect — one’s ignorance is completely invisible to them."

These aren't stupid people, they have jobs, mortgages and families. However, they wallow in ignorance like cats roll around in catnip. They're proudly, boastfully, ill-informed and ignorant. They believe their "anger at the system" justifies their conditioned stupidity. These are the kind of people that would elect an arsonist as fire commissioner "because he thinks like I do." It would be literally funny if the pathos weren't so palpable.

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Trump's Base

Not all of Donald Trump's supporters are white nationalists and bigots. Not all Nazis hated Jews.

But make no mistake, race and culture is the foundation of Trump's platform. Donald Trump has a rock solid base of approximately 35% support. About half of those are racists. The rest are extreme partisans that would vote for the Republican if Elmer Fudd won the nomination; and a smattering of opportunistic parasites simply attracted to Trump's heat. I suspect there is a palpable portion that will vote Trump in the spirit of Batman villain the Joker; they just want to see the world burn.

Under all the bluster and juvenile ego rhetoric, Trump promises his supporters a world gone by. A white male paradise, with all the attendant superiority and privilege. He's preaching to a dwindling congregation. I suspect Trump is the last, desperate gasp of the era gone by. America is browner, more complex and progressive than Trump's supporters are comfortable with. Too bad the Democrats missed that memo, but that's a conversation for another day.

The Trump drunken circus clown show will be over soon. But that hangover is going to be a bitch.

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Duane Townsend

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