Answers from Trump Supporters

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THIS WAS ON A FRIEND’S PAGE: An anguished question from a Trump supporter: ‘Why do liberals think Trump supporters are stupid?’

THE SERIOUS ANSWER: Here’s what the majority of anti-Trump voters honestly feel about Trump supporters en masse:

That when you saw a man who had owned a fraudulent University, intent on scamming poor people, you thought “Fine.” (https://www.usatoday.com/story/news/politics/onpolitics/2018/04/10/trump-university-settlement-judge-finalized/502387002/)
That when you saw a man who had made it his business practice to stiff his creditors, you said, “Okay.” (https://www.thedailybeast.com/trump-hotel-paid-millions-in-fines-for-unpaid-work)
That when you heard him proudly brag about his own history of sexual abuse, you said, “No problem.” (https://abcnews.go.com/Politics/list-trumps-accusers-allegations-sexual-misconduct/story?id=51956410)
That when he made up stories about seeing Muslim-Americans in the thousands cheering the destruction of the World Trade Center, you said, “Not an issue.” (https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/fact-checker/wp/2015/11/22/donald-trumps-outrageous-claim-that-thousands-of-new-jersey-muslims-celebrated-the-911-attacks/)
That when you saw him brag that he could shoot a man on Fifth Avenue and you wouldn’t care, you exclaimed, “He sure knows me.” (https://www.usatoday.com/story/news/politics/2019/10/23/president-donald-trump-could-shoot-someone-without-prosecution/4073405002/)
That when you heard him relating a story of an elderly guest of his country club, an 80-year old man, who fell off a stage and hit his head, to Trump replied: “‘Oh my God, that’s disgusting,’ and I turned away. I couldn’t—you know, he was right in front of me, and I turned away. I didn’t want to touch him. He was bleeding all over the place. And I felt terrible, because it was a beautiful white marble floor, and now it had changed color. Became very red.” You said, “That’s cool!” (https://www.gq.com/story/donald-trump-howard-stern-story)
That when you saw him mock the disabled, you thought it was the funniest thing you ever saw. (https://www.nbcnews.com/politics/2016-election/donald-trump-criticized-after-he-appears-mock-reporter-serge-kovaleski-n470016)
That when you heard him brag that he doesn’t read books, you said, “Well, who has time?” (https://www.theatlantic.com/politics/archive/2018/01/americas-first-post-text-president/549794/)
That when the Central Park Five were compensated as innocent men convicted of a crime they didn’t commit, and he angrily said that they should still be in prison, you said, “That makes sense.” (https://www.usatoday.com/story/news/politics/2019/06/19/what-trump-has-said-central-park-five/1501321001/)
That when you heard him tell his supporters to beat up protesters and that he would hire attorneys, you thought, “Yes!” (https://www.latimes.com/politics/la-na-trump-campaign-protests-20160313-story.html)
That when you heard him tell one rally to confiscate a man’s coat before throwing him out into the freezing cold, you said, “What a great guy!” (https://www.independent.co.uk/news/people/donald-trump-orders-protesters-coat-is-confiscated-and-he-is-sent-into-the-cold-a6802756.html)
That you have watched the parade of neo-Nazis and white supremacists with whom he curries favor, while refusing to condemn outright Nazis, and you have said, “Thumbs up!” (https://www.theatlantic.com/politics/archive/2018/08/why-cant-trump-just-condemn-nazis/567320/)
That you hear him unable to talk to foreign dignitaries without insulting their countries and demanding that they praise his electoral win, you said, “That’s the way I want my President to be.” (https://www.huffpost.com/entry/trump-insult-foreign-countries-leaders_n_59dd2769e4b0b26332e76d57)
That you have watched him remove expertise from all layers of government in favor of people who make money off of eliminating protections in the industries they’re supposed to be regulating and you have said, “What a genius!” (https://www.politico.com/agenda/story/2017/12/29/138-trump-policy-changes-2017-000603)
That you have heard him continue to profit from his businesses, in part by leveraging his position as President, to the point of overcharging the Secret Service for space in the properties he owns, and you have said, “That’s smart!” (https://www.usnews.com/opinion/articles/2018-03-05/how-is-donald-trump-profiting-from-the-presidency-let-us-count-the-ways)
That you have heard him say that it was difficult to help Puerto Rico because it was in the middle of water and you have said, “That makes sense.” (https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/politics/wp/2017/09/26/the-very-big-ocean-between-here-and-puerto-rico-is-not-a-perfect-excuse-for-a-lack-of-aid/)
That you have seen him start fights with every country from Canada to New Zealand while praising Russia and quote, “falling in love” with the dictator of North Korea, and you have said, “That’s statesmanship!” (https://www.cnn.com/2019/07/02/politics/donald-trump-dictators-kim-jong-un-vladimir-putin/index.html)
That Trump separated children from their families and put them in cages, managed to lose track of 1500 kids, has opened a tent city incarceration camp in the desert in Texas – he explains that they’re just “animals” – and you say, “Well, OK then.” (https://www.nbcnews.com/news/us-news/more-5-400-children-split-border-according-new-count-n1071791)
That you have witnessed all the thousand and one other manifestations of corruption and low moral character and outright animalistic rudeness and contempt for you, the working American voter, and you still show up grinning and wearing your MAGA hats and threatening to beat up anybody who says otherwise. (https://www.americanprogress.org/issues/democracy/reports/2018/06/04/451570/confronting-cost-trumps-corruption-american-families/)

What you don’t get, Trump supporters, is that our succumbing to frustration and shaking our heads, thinking of you as stupid, may very well be wrong and unhelpful, but it’s also…hear me…charitable.

Because if you’re NOT stupid, we must turn to other explanations, and most of them are less flattering.

– Adam-Troy Castro

 

53 thoughts on “Answers from Trump Supporters

  1. That last sentence catches them beautifully. There can;t be any who don’t recognise the truth in some if not all answers. Frankly unless you’re an evangelist and worshipping the ground upon which he slithers, then you must just be disinterested in the war rolling past your window and be happy to listen too all the empty promises he makes.
    Hugs

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  2. Right you are , if they’re not stupid they would have to be racist, white supremists, traitors, immoral rednecks, hypocrites, bullies, unable to distinguish right from wrong and that brings us back to stupid.

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  3. Yes, well. It is hard not to think, that anyone who supports a president who so obviously is anti-cultured and only self promoting was not stupid. He as a rich kid had all the opportunities to learn from the great by having that expensive education and he quite obviously botched it. Even to me, whose native tongue is not English, he sounds like he speaks like a five year old and has anger tantrums, that most of us do not have after we have reached the age of four years. It appears, as if he was a pampered kid, whose talents have always been minisculed by others and who had this unquenchable need to prove himself. It is not a coincidence, or mere malice, that when he is made fun of, he is presented as a baby. It is difficult to take seriously a person who has hard time to form an actual sentence.

    Even if Trump did make some aspect of America look “great again” from his supporters point of view (and I very much doubt that), it does not change the fact, that the man himself is a classical moron taking medication to prevent a particular disease, that has not been proven to help prevent the particular disease. I mean, who on earth is so stupid? To be ready to appoint so much power to such a man, even if you get something out of it, is just stupid. Then again if he is not taking the medication and only promotes it because he has invested in it, it is still stupid to vote for him.

    I guess, the problem here is, that racism, fear of the immigrant, the foreigner, the coloured people, or in other words simply the outsider are merely forms of stupidity. They are not based on the real world, but on the preservations and emotions of an ignorant person. The trick is that such forms of stupidity may seem like intelligent, because they appear in the guise of being prepared for the worse. They do not prepare anybody for the worse, but are the causes of the worse possible outcomes and therefore they are forms of stupidity. Gut-feeling, intuitious preassumptions, gullibility and prejudice are forms of stupidity and superstition is a result of them as a form of stupidity. This means stupidity is something that can be indoctrinated to people through culture, that promotes values based on the previous and as a result opposes critical thinking, because critical thinking could lead to democracy working as a means for good of all instead of the priviledge of few, who of course being stupid fear that they lose their priviledged position and end up in the less than priviledged. This seems to bring in the worse in people.

    All overt selfishness is also a form of stupidity, or perhaps it only reveals it. The intelligent, clever and strong can afford to share and be generous, but the stupid seem to think they are always in competition with others. Donald appears as a man who has to overcompensate for his lack of intelligence and strength of character by being a ruthless bully and he does it all the time. He does not care about facts, because he has learned, that there are always enough stupid people, whom he can convince of his version about things. He is a typical populist, in the sense, that as a politician he does not represent any particular ideology. He only surfs on the waves of stupidity and ignorance. Ignorance of the world is in itself a form of stupidity and by braking relations with the, WHO, the UN, China, EU and even Canada Trump has, not only shown that he has no clue as to what the world is like, he has also proven he is not a man who can make deals. He can only brake them. The weak admire presentations of power and strength, because such make them feel safe, or because they prefer to align themselves rather with power, than with the weakness they feel inside – and this is a form of stupidity. Donald is all about presentation of power, rather than authority.

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  4. Nan, it boggles the mind doesn’t it? To me, his corrupt and deceitful behavior is painfully obvious. This is a reason I find it hard to watch him, as I hate being lied to and it is hard to take him seriously when I am counting multiple lies.

    What is most tragic is to see him try to rewrite history and say he did not say or do things when he is recorded saying or doing said things. He called COVID-19 a democratic hoax as late as a pep rally on February 28, which happened to be the night of the first recorded US COVID-19 death. Three months later, we are crossed 100,000 deaths and are now past 109,000.

    The old saying is right, it is easier to fool someone than convince them they’ve been fooled. Cognitive dissonance is a powerful force to overcome. Keith

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    • If your father or mother, or mine, started behaving like this, we’d worry. We’d whiz them off to the doctor and demand they be tested for cognitive problems. Yet this man, who is barely able to finish a sentence in the same direction he started it, is leading our country. My mother was a narcissist, and she finally succumbed to alzheimer’s. I didn’t mourn her passing, but I did mourn the life she missed. And the people she damaged.

      Trump has the money and the power to circumvent his accusers, and im sure he pays his doctors well to pretend he’s healthy. After all, if they dis him, he can fire them and find some who will agree that he’s as sane as you or I. That’s the way the ball bounces.

      I feel sorry for him, because Im sure he has no idea what’s going on. I suspect his wife does, but she’s stuck. She looks increasingly unhappy as time wears on. But feeling sorry doesnt make me like him any more, if I ever did. And like you, I refuse to listen, or to watch.

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      • I LOVE this … because it pinpoints his “messaging” so accurately: Yet this man, who is barely able to finish a sentence in the same direction he started it …

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  5. Thank you so much, Nan, for bringing this to our attention. I hope Joe Biden’s team finds this post and uses it! It is the truth. I’ve quit asking how did we get to this moment. I now asking how the hell can we get out. And of course the first step is to vote Trump and his Republican enablers out of office.

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  6. Reblogged this on Filosofa's Word and commented:
    The following post by blogging friend Nan is one of the most powerful statements I have seen describing the reasons for the Great Divide between Trump supporters and the rest of us. Thank you, Nan, for sharing Mr. Castro’s words and for allowing me to share them as well.

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    • Hello Patty! Thanks for stopping by and adding your name to my follower list. 😊 I hope you’ll stop by again … and often.

      I agree that this person did a really great job putting this together, which is why I wanted to give it/him as much exposure as possible. 👍

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  7. Hello Nan. I am always taken back when I see lists of things tRump has done and said. It is so overwhelming I just can not remember them all. I need a chart but it would be as big as the tree of life. Hugs

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  8. Well, here is the thing. Many people when they vote are not just viewing who is on the the ticket for the presidency. But, they are actually looking at each party’s platform and are trying their best to evaluate what policies will be best for our country in the long-term. They are also very much considering the type of future appointments that will be made to the higher courts by the president. So, people that tend to be more conservative or libertarian in their political views are unlikely to be voting for Mr. Biden. From my perspective, neither leading candidate right now is without concern in my book. Lord have mercy.

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    • I am sorry, but I really doubt most people are as…careful and sophisticated as you think, Rebecca. Now, their preachers and employers and the like may be this calculating, and they certainly promote a party based on such factors.

      I am also skeptical that any rational person could look at Joementum and find him anything other than “conservative” in any way. Not raging asshole conservative. Not “establish Gilead the fundamentalist dictatorship” conservative like so many of you on the right want. But conservative. (For that matter, Just like the Peace Prize President and his wars, his Wall Street toadying, and his rigid border policing. But hey, that Presidential Library on the South Side of Chicago will sure be pretty!)

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    • You must be living in a different world than me, Rebecca. I don’t recall coming across anyone that looked at the “party’s platform” or tried to evaluate the best policies or considered future judgeships. There may be some people that go this deep into their decision-making, but most of the people I’ve come across pick a president based on their political party. Period.

      Actually, we’d probably do a lot better in the political arena if more people DID base their decisions on something besides the donkey or the elephant.

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      • Im a registered republican because that’s what my daddy told me I would be, when I was 21. ahem. I’ve been too lazy to change but most times I’ve voted Democrat, artfully canceling out my husband’s vote each time. =)
        This time I was seriously considering switching, but I think I want to be the Republican voter who voted for the ‘other guy’. Silly, perhaps, but there it is.

        I think about the only people who ‘study the platform’ and consider the future issues are probably lawyers themselves, or polliticians, or first year poli Sci students. The rest of us use our own methods, scientific or not. “I LIKE that guy’ is a good one. This time the Good Hair Vote has my attention. =)

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  9. Everyone knew what they would be getting during the first election campaign that got Trump elected. Trump has done nothing different in how he behaves, either before or after his election. Based on the US election system, enough people voted for Trump, knowing how he behaves, to elect him to office. The people of the USA get the leader they deserve.

    In the wider picture of events, people were disillusioned with the status quo, and desired a champion of change. I would have voted for Trump, because I wanted a disrupter, to bring about change. Trump, is a disappointment, as he creates anarchy, but no positive change.

    Against Trump was that horrible person Hillary Clinton, and people were faced with two evils, and decided Trump was the better option. Biden is a more worthy opponent to Trump, who I think will attract more voters than ever Clinton could do.

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    • The people in enough States voted this way to throw the Electoral College his way. The majority of the voters did NOT get the president they wanted or “deserve”. But hey, the voters in Raging Oil Fire, Texas, and Weeping Mine Sore, West Virginia, count more than us coastal folks!

      I note also you buy into the Horrible Hillary meme. While I am not a fan, you do realize this is a manufactured meme?

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  10. So awesome a summary! What do you do, though, when people you otherwise like….people who are actually really kind and helpful people, remain fervid Trumpalos. My own damn brother…who is not “stupid” is a Trumpalo. It is so frustrating.

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    • That’s a toughie, for sure. But even worse are those who co-habitat with someone who supports the orange baboon. Conversations must be VERY focused in those households!

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    • Same here. My husband is a grimly determined Trump fan. We do not discuss it. He’s bright, intelligent, always puts his socks on before puts his shoes on, but he votes straight republican ticket these days. If I didn’t like him so much I’d tie his shoelaces together. with him in them.

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  11. I have a suspicion you’ll like this. Follow to his conclusion

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    • Hi Maddie! Thanks for stopping by. I did take a quick look at your post regarding Trump’s environmental actions. Neither I nor most of my regular visitors will find it surprising. We are well aware of the underhanded and dangerous and self-promoting actions taken by this narcissistic president.

      I hope you will be joining most all of us in voting him OUT of office this coming November!

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    • Hello zuludelta45 (I trust that isn’t your real name! 😉) I appreciate you stopping by and leaving a comment.

      I generally do not approve new visitor comments that are little more than a link to another website/blog. However, in this instance, I followed the link and read your rather interesting post. Since it seems to fit in with my own “philosophy” about Trump, I’m going to go ahead and approve your comment.

      I do hope you’ll visit again and share your thoughts –and not just a link. 🙂

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