Trump Voters: Here's Why People Are Still Laughing at You
'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. There is a sizeable contingent that are economically well off. Those in the $250k+/yr. range that resonate with Trump's trickle down economics. These well to do followers ride the momentum of 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, but may possess little more tangible worth than his celebrity and name recognition. 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.
- 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 a hypocrite.
- If you believe a man, Trump, a man that claimed a $918 million dollar loss on his 1995 taxes, filed bankruptcy four times, while losing money on a casino, casinos are rigged to be remarkably profitable...
- If you believe Trump 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'
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 stupid.
By comparison, The Hill reports: President Obama speaks to the country at a a 9th grade level, even George W. Bush spoke to the nation at a ninth grade level.
Jack Shafer at Politico writes:
". . . Excerpts I chose at random from The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn score at the 4th- and 5th-grade levels. Yet Mark Twain manages to communicate the great complexities of 19th century American life, especially on the topics of race and justice. Alas, this observation is irrelevant in any discussion of Trump. Twain possessed a nearly unlimited vocabulary and could compose sentences that flow with more twists and turns than a big river spilling into a delta. Huck Finn was deliberately composed in a simpler voice—the voice namely of a poor, illiterate boy. It’s a voice Twain assumed, not his personal voice."
Whereas Mark Twain, a writer speaking through a young boy, used language like a surgeon uses their scalpel, words that crafted a vivid world that engendered subtle, exquisite, feelings and pathos. Donald Trump uses language like a sledge hammer, the only tool in his box. At his rallies he's 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.
False 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.
Dunning Kruger Effect
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.
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.
One Love, we'll survive this...
© 2016 Duane Townsend