I didn’t get it in 2011, and I don’t get it now. Why are normally rational, normally conservative people supporting Donald Trump? Really. I want to know.
He’s hit a nerve, I get that. He played the same game last time around, only then it was Obama’s birth certificate, so he didn’t get as much play as he is getting with immigration.
He’s brash and outspoken. So is Chris Christie. So is that lady at Walmart who wants her dollar refund NOW!
He’s . . . well, I’ve run out of reasons that I can see that people are supporting him. Oh, China. Right, same playbook from when he wanted to run in ’88 or whenever . . . only then, it was Japan he was targeting as stealing from America.
It seems to me that people are simply plastering their own anger, dissatisfaction, frustration, hopes, dreams, and ideals onto Trump and imagining him to be other than he is. To me, this is very familiar. A bit too familiar in a rather alarming way.
Remember the last time we had an egomaniacal, thin-skinned control freak seeking the highest office in the land? Remember how we warned that there were serious problems that were being either ignored or brushed aside?
Those comments about spreading the wealth . . . well, that’s not a red flag.
Those disturbing associations . . . well, that’s just guilt by association. Pfft!
Those worrying statements about bankrupting coal . . . well, he’s evolved.
Those bizarre statements about healing the planet and stopping the seas from rising . . . just rhetoric.
Nothing to see here. Just vote, make history! The blank slate cometh, paint him as you will!
And now, we see it all playing out again.
Trump did once support not just Democrats, but particularly vile, evil ones like Harry Reid over Sharon Angle, Nancy Pelosi–whom he claimed did a fabulous job on ObamaCare, Hillary Clinton–whom he claims is just “marvelous” and does a “great job.”
Well, sure, he has to support them to do business. Um, or something. Oh! He thinks illegals commit violent crime!
Trump supports universal health care. Yeah, but he also wants to repeal ObamaCare. Okay, but he wants the government in charge of every American’s health care; for all we know, he doesn’t think ObamaCare gives enough control to government (my guess). So? He thinks that we should all speak English in America!
He supports all abortion, including late-term abortion and thinks that Planned Parenthood should still be funded even after the appalling infanticide, baby mutilation, and baby parts-for-profit schemes. Yeah, well. He wants a border fence, so he can perform abortions in the White House for all I care!
He abuses government power in cruel and greedy ways that enriches (only) him and kicks little old ladies out of their family home. So? Did you hear that he thinks we should send all the illegals back?? Did you?! (Yeah, but I also heard the part where they can all come back again after touching “home plate.”)
Paul Krugman supports Trump’s economic policies. Krugman, need I remind you, is a big government Keynesian. So! Um . . . border fence!
He’s supported gun control, higher taxes (he loves the progressive tax system, thinks it’s not progressive enough), all entitlements (with more that he wants to see added, by the way), and he supports restrictions on the First Amendment to “respect” Islam. Yeah, but . . . illegal immigration!
He’s mean-spirited, petty, and nasty in the face of any and all opposition (even when there is no actual opposition, just plain old questions that Carly answered with ease). He’s a fighter!
One thing we know for sure: Trump does not now and will never see himself as a public servant; Trump would be Trump. The boss. The king. The final word on any and every thing. He’d know best, and we’d better just believe it because . . . he said so!
Why, please please tell me why, Trump is resonating with conservatives. I really really really don’t get it.