President Trump seems to be following the tyrant’s playbook to a T. I always thought it was interesting how people voted for him against their own self interests. It’s mind boggling. But, after reading up on it a lot and having many conversations about it, I think I understand why. And the reasons might surprise you.
The reasons are multifaceted and multidimensional. It comes down to his base, which constitutes a huge portion of the population of America. And, his base exists far away from Hollywood, New York, Washington and big cities like them, which are highly represented in the media, who told us Hilary was going to win and Trump didn’t have a shot.
Outside of the big cities, in the rural areas in America’s heartland, people were suffering. People were losing jobs in their factories due to outsourcing and other factors. People were living in poverty and losing hope due to the recession.
Then, along came then Presidential candidate Trump, who gave them hope. He promised them he would get their jobs back and improve the economy. He capitalized on their racism and made them feel like they would regain their position of White supremacy. “Make America Great Again” was his slogan, which really meant restore White power. Trump’s supporters were angry and frustrated with their position in America’s apparent hierarchy and representation in the media. Trump gave a figurative middle finger to Washington and all its stuck up politicians. His base was tired of the status quo and its bullshit and with his off the cuff simple remarks, Trump seemed like a breath of fresh air.
All of that would seem great to a Trump supporter except for a few things, the most glaring one being TRUMP IS A LIAR. He didn’t plan on doing anything he promised, except maybe restoring White supremacy. There will be no jobs. There will be no wall between the USA and Mexico. In fact, he is currently trying to take away healthcare that a lot of his supporters need. He’s going to take away some of their social services too and give tax breaks to the rich. He doesn’t even care about the very people who got him into the highest office in the World. He didn’t outline any of these policies on his campaign. In fact he didn’t outline any policies at all. Yet, he still won.
The majority of Trump’s voters didn’t use logic in their decision making process for voting for him. They responded to him on a visceral level. And, that is a sad commentary on a lot of America’s citizens. And, even worse, a sobering reminder of humanity’s level of ignorance.