I haven’t blogged in a few months, mostly because of the crush of work. That’s eased up, and while my urge to write is still coming back, I do have some things I want to say. Over the past several months, I’ve had to listen to a lot of people who are rabid Trump supporters, both in casual conversations and in having to work with a few. As a result, I’ve learned a lot about them, some of it more than disappointing when it comes to people I’ve known for a while. Like what?
First, they’re bigots. By “bigots,” I mean that they have almost the entire spectrum of prejudices. Yes, they’re racist. But they’re also homophobic, misogynistic, anti-immigrant of any sort, and hate any non-Christian religion – as they define “Christian.” I’ve heard far too many comments, “jokes,” and slurs over the past several months, to think otherwise.
Second, they’re hypocrites. A little over five years ago, I said that they were like vampires – they can’t see themselves in the mirror. This area is like many others that strongly support Trump – mostly white and rural. They’ll complain about “big government,” “socialists,” tell you how bad the cities are, regulations, and so on. Yet most of them work for a government agency; are retired and collecting Social Security and Medicare; or get various benefits and payments from the government. In terms of taxes, they receive far and away more than they pay. In other words, they depend on government and socialist programs to exist. But it’s not just those things that make them hypocritical. Remember all the furor over “her e-mails?” All the supposed “crimes” that various Democrats (particularly the Clintons) were supposedly getting away with? The screams about the “dictatorship” that Obama was running, “ignoring Congress?” Aside from the fact that none of those things were actually true, it turns out that it’s really fine, as long as it’s Donald Trump doing all those proven things.
Third, and finally, they’re cultists. I said a few years ago that conservatives are a cult, In that, I linked to a site with “characteristics of cults,” and some sections of that really apply to them:
The group is elitist, claiming a special, exalted status for itself, its leader(s) and members (for example, the leader is considered the Messiah, a special being, an avatar or the group and/or the leader is on a special mission to save humanity).
The group has a polarized us-versus-them mentality, which may cause conflict with the wider society.
The leader is not accountable to any authorities (unlike, for example, teachers, military commanders or ministers, priests, monks, and rabbis of mainstream religious denominations).
Sound familiar to you? Just listen to any Fox commentary, the reports from any Trump rally, or just listen when they talk. Trump famously said that he could shoot someone on 5’th Avenue, and not lose support. Unfortunately, he was right. Trump supporters will happily ignore or excuse anything he does, even though it supposedly goes against their “principles.”
So yes, I’ve learned a lot about Trump supporters this year, and none of it was good. No, they’re not going to change until he’s long out office, and thinking you can persuade them is a waste of time.