Trump Supporters – In Their Own Words

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The Guardian recently asked Trump supporters to explain in detail the rationale behind their support. What emerged is one of the most fascinating articles I’ve read all year. Not only are the demographics not what you’d expect, but their reasons for support were much more varied, complex and nuanced than you might imagine.

One surprisingly common response consisted of people who supported Trump despite the recognition that his presidency could be an unmitigated disaster. Many of them believed the American populace was in need of such a disaster in order to shed its apathy and become politically active.

Interestingly, I’ve harbored similar thoughts on various occasions. For example, perhaps it will take someone as in your face authoritarian and shameless as Trump to wake certain millennials to the fact there are bigger problems in this world than micro aggressions. It’s a major gamble, but we as a country definitely need to get off our asses and change the direction we’re headed in. It’s possible that Trump could serve as that wake up call, but it’s also a huge risk.

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5 comments on “Trump Supporters – In Their Own Words
  1. swell says:

    As mithridate or emetic?

  2. swell says:

    As googlenews top headline:

    Rank and File Republicans Tell Party Elites: We’re Sticking With Donald Trump

    http://www.nytimes.com/2016/03/05/us/politics/donald-trump-republican-party.html

  3. swell says:

    Trump seems a whole lot saner following his major course correction by renouncing his previous plank pledging torture and slaughter of innocents.

  4. YoLithos says:

    @swell
    Now that was subtle. Congratulations. He does have the option of making the torture and form of slaughter optional, but that would be out of character for him. Unless he molts early.

    The old idea of destroying civilization in order to recover civilization has a shaky historical record, to be wildly optimistic about it. There’s no going back once it’s gone. And it’s a long and painful way up again. This time, maybe not even as ‘standard’ humans any more.

  5. swell says:

    @YoLithos

    Historically SOP:

    “we hope that the Government will render such aid as will enable the citizens of the north to carry on a war of extermination until the last redskin of these tribes has been killed. Extermination is no longer a question of time – the time has arrived, the work has commenced, and let the first man that says treaty or peace be regarded as a traitor.” (Yreka Herald, 1853)