Tuesday. July 26, 2016.
Trump’s core voters clearly don’t care that he’s a know-nothing racist. They like that about him. They’re racists themselves and they don’t think there’s anything to know worth knowing that they don’t already know. They believe that everybody who claims to know things they don't---experts, intellectuals, political policy makers---is faking it, making it up, or actually stupid, lacking in common sense, street smarts, and the real life experience that would have taught them how the world really works and how real people live.
They don’t care, either, that Trump is a liar, a cheat, a criminal, a thief, a conman, and a madman. They don’t care that he’s pretty much promising to govern as a shake-down artist. Clawing our money back from China. Making Mexico pay for the wall. Taking their oil. Breaking our NATO commitments and leaving Europe to fend for itself against Russia. These are threats along the lines of Nice little restaurant you have here, shame if something happened to it. They like all that about him too, even the madness. Sure, they’ll tell you, he’s crazy. Crazy like a fox. As far as they can tell, the country is run by liars, cheats, thieves, conmen and conwomen, madmen and madwomen. Blackmail, bribery, and extortion are the arts behind the all the deals. And it’s hard to tell them they’re wrong. What they want from Trump is that he lies, cheats, steals, cons, blackmails, bribes, and shakes down other countries on their behalf.
On their behalf. Not on the country’s. Not on America’s. On their own specific and exclusive behalf. No sharing. They just use America as a synonym for ME and MINE!
And they don’t care that Trump doesn’t play by the rules, either in business or in politics or in his personal life. They like it that he acts as if rules don’t apply to him. The way they see it, rules are written to benefit the people who write them and to be used against people like themselves. And like I said before, it’s hard to tell them they’re wrong. Trump has given them permission to say to hell with the rules. Trump, they believe, is going to re-write the rules so they work in their favor at last.
These are disappointed and angry people. They believe they’ve been robbed, cheated, abused, and suckered. And now they want revenge. They want to make THEM pay!
This is why I say Trump’s an infection. He plays to their anger and resentment and sense of having been denied what they’ve rightfully earned and he inflames it and encourages them to spread it to others. And part of what makes him so infectious is that he’s promising to get revenge for them. To take it back. Finally, he’s telling them, you’re going to get what’s owed to you. Finally, you’re the ones who are going to come out on top. Finally, you’re going to be the ones raking it in. Finally, you’ll be the ones pocketing the loot.
That’s what they want.
That’s what they expect him to deliver. Their slice of the pie. Their piece of the action. Their cut of the take.
Wait until they find out he’s planning to leave them holding the bag. Again.