Trump’s Deplorables: You Can’t Fix Stupid
We seem to see the same headlines almost every day indicating that Trump’s base supporters are continuing to be loyal to him….no matter what. For anyone with critical thinking, that observes the idiocy of Trump’s daily antics and his obvious lack of any ability to do the job in the White House, the major question in our minds has been “why are the supporters so blind”?
As the numbers tumble in, Trump has become not only the laughing stock in the country but around the world. In a CNN poll his approval rate dropped from 37% to 36% and in an October, 2017 Gallup poll Trump is the lowest ever at 33%. As a so-called President, Trump has achieved the title of being the most unpopular in history, and yet no matter what he says or does, his base is behind him.
One of the curious aspects of this support has to do with two factors: the type of news that the supporters view and their perception of the pain points that they think Trump is tapping into.
As Trump and the Republicans introduce and pass bill after bill that removes many of the benefits of the average American as well as undermines the very stability of the country that keeps it running, the Trump supporters ignore these actions and instead, seem to focus on the “promises” that were made. It doesn’t seem to matter that none of the promises have come to fruition, they seem to connect on a rhetoric level that can only be described as bizarre. In their minds, a man born into wealth, who never really worked a labor job and deliberately got out of serving in the Armed Forces with obvious lies, somehow relates to their individual hardships.
Many analysts have indicated that it all comes down to “rhetoric”. Trump tries to talk like this demographic and makes use of simple and words that are repeated over and over again, in a kind of brainwashing methodology. He pushes their buttons and reminds them of it in each speech.
Throughout History, Propaganda to the Masses has Worked
Sadly, it is apparent that it takes only a few generations to forget the horrors of the past. Those that went through the fascist regimes of Mussolini and Hitler have all but passed away and so did the lessons of how propaganda misled entire countries.
In one of my previous articles: Trump Supporters: Can’t See the Forest for the Propaganda, I include one important factor for his followers:
“Trump’s disdain of “political correctness” fell perfectly on the ears of those that have always hidden under the slime of society. For a majority of Americans we try to teach our children to live a life of respect for others, but to the TrumpTrolls, this translates to “PC”. In their world, they feel they have a right to do and say any hateful and racist comment or action that they want and Trump encourages it.”
However, this is just the tip of the iceberg when it comes to his supporters. Alternet.org spent some time embedded in a Johnstown, Pennsylvania, a rural area hard hit by economic woes. In an attempt to understand the Trump base, they wrote an article that examines the psychology of these people. Their perception of Trump is that he is “hard working” and “doesn’t go golfing all of the time like the last President.” When given the facts that Trump has golfed more than any other individual holding that office title, they deflect and change the subject. This is typical of Trump supporters as they are clueless to the actual truth and refuse to acknowledge that they may have made a wrong decision. In their eyes, Trump can do no wrong.
The Alternet.org article includes interviews with a few of the local residents and their attitude is very revealing about who and what these supporters are:
“As 60-year-old retiree Pam Schilling made clear, ‘I’m a supporter of him, 100 percent.’” The article goes on to say: “The thing that irritates me to no end is this NFL shit,” she says. “I’m about ready to go over the top with this shit. We do not watch no NFL now.”
Schilling claims that she and her husband have “banned” their favorite team, the Dallas Cowboys, from their home. She also admits that they refer to the NFL in private as “n*ggers for Life.”
While this town was once booming with the success of the steel industry, it is now a shadow of its former self. It seems that the Trump supporters share one thing in common: blaming everyone else for their own problems. This is when prejudice, hate, and bigotry arises and instead of changing with the times, reinventing themselves or relocating to a place that they can learn and grow, they wallow in their own loathing, seeking out anyone that is different or successful to blame.
Conservative News Like Fox Perpetuates the Lies
Years ago we could feel confident in getting the news sources from the various channels. News was news and opinion was listed as such. However, when President Reagan decided to veto the “Fairness Doctrine Bill” it opened the doors for reporting anything that a channel wanted, whether truth, fiction or spinning. Fox has turned lying into a profession and since they appeal to the conservative mind, validating their personal beliefs and misguided prejudices, they have had a success in spreading point blank lies.
In my article: How Fox Brainwashed Conservative America I include a history as well as the psychology and how it led to the continued success of the conservative message. Point blank, organizations such as Fox and Breitbart not only lie, but are encouraged to lie by their fan base. Unlike the rest of the country, that tend to view a variety of channels and sources for their news, conservatives focus on only those channels that reinforce their misguided beliefs.
In my article: Supporting Trump: The Psychology of the Lie:
“To find out why so many lies have become not only acceptable but completely believable by the Trump supporters, you have to delve into how our brains process lies. This is explained in a NYMag.com article:
‘Upon first hearing a lie, your brain must accept it as truth. Harvard psychologist Daniel Gilbert has theorized that to do the work of separating truth and lies, our brains first must accept the false statement as if it were true; otherwise, it’s impossible to engage with it. ‘For instance, if someone were to tell us — hypothetically, of course — that there had been serious voter fraud in Virginia during the presidential election, we must for a fraction of a second accept that fraud did, in fact, take place,” [psychologist, Maria] Konnikova explains. ‘Only then do we take the second step, either completing the mental certification process (yes, fraud!) or rejecting it (what? no way).’
If you hear a lie often enough, it starts to sound true. According to what’s called the “illusory truth effect,” the more you hear a false statement, the truer it starts to sound. This is even true when you should know better. In a fascinating, if disheartening, 2015 study, researchers showed that if people repeated the phrase ‘The Atlantic Ocean is the largest ocean on Earth’ enough times, the Atlantic Ocean did indeed begin to seem like the largest ocean on Earth.’
‘A constant stream of lies becomes so mentally taxing that your brain gives up. ‘It’s called cognitive load,’ Konnikova writes, meaning that “our limited cognitive resources are overburdened.’ Lie detection is difficult work, and your brain can only handle so much.’”
This aspect is the essence of successful propaganda and Fox, Breitbart and sources of the same ilk know that it works. While other channels are reporting on the GOP actions that will hurt and harm the very base of Americans, including the removal of healthcare assistance, the reduction of the EPA science that keeps corporations from polluting, their tax plan that only benefits the very wealthy, and discrimination against people of color and other religions, the conservative channels conveniently avoid this information and therefore when given the truth, Trump supporters refer to them as “fake news”.
When Churches Preach Hate
One of the most sickening and disgusting aspects of the Trump success has been derived from the Christian evangelicals. There is no doubt that these are extremists even within their own religious beliefs, but the fact that they have supported a platform based on hate, racism, bigotry and sexism under the guise of “religion”, has baffled many around the globe.
In a Chicago Tribune article they state: “Moreover, the vast majority of evangelical and Catholic leaders assert that they, and the president, are not homophobic and that their positions on same-sex marriage do not mean they are anti-gay. They also believe, not without reason, that only Christians, not faithful Muslims, are targeted for refusal to celebrate same-sex unions, in a double standard born of animus toward the Christian community, fear of the Islamic one, or both.”
The key word in almost all of the articles relating to the Christian support of Trump is: “Fear”
Implanting unsubstantiated, misguided or simply illusionary “fear” is how many of the fascist regimes of the past achieved success. Creating an “us versus them” situation and using the personal and emotional touch points of an individual’s religious beliefs as a benchmark is one of the ways that the Hitler moved so many people forward into the various aspects of attack. However, unlike the people of Germany, American citizens are made up of a diverse group of immigrants and religions and due to this factor, Trump and his cronies have catapulted this ideology as what is “wrong” with the country.
Trump is attempting to elevate some unknown past time in the country’s history as a “golden time” and is attempting to turn the clock backwards so that everyone can achieve those moments of happiness. When asked what time this might be and exactly what benefits they expect to gain, Trump supporters have no clue, they just believe that it exists. This delusional aspect is reinforced in their churches as they negate anything that they cannot relate to such as homosexuality, transgender existence and even equal rights for people of color and women.
The Shrinking Base of Supporters
There has been a singular note among the Trump supporters that seems to include a base that is somewhat unwavering. Analysts have indicated that there are a number of reasons for this that include the fact that these individuals have not come to grips with the fact that they made an incorrect choice as well as they continue to believe that Trump will come through on the promises that he made. But as time goes by, his base is shrinking.
There are a number of polls and articles that are covering this topic, and in an Atlantic article they include:
“A Wall Street Journal/NBC News poll released Thursday suggests this is half-right and half-wrong. Trump’s base does appear to be shrinking, but the people who are sticking with Trump are true diehards.
The idea of a shrinking Trump base is not new. In May, Nate Silver pointed out that the group of people who “strongly approve” of Trump was down. Steven Shepard noted in August that the president’s approval among Republican voters had decreased. And Brendan Nyhan argued that the base might never have been big as anyone thought anyway, because some anti-Trump Republicans would just quit identifying as Republicans, leaving an unrepresentative sample.
But the WSJ/NBC poll offers actual evidence of voters drifting away from Trump. For the last few months, the pollsters have been asking Republicans and Republican-leaning voters to say, regardless of their feelings about him now, whether they supported Trump in the GOP primary. Since April, that number has been steadily sinking, from 46 percent in April to 39 percent now. In fact, Trump won about 45 percent of the Republican primary vote. That’s a sure sign of base erosion: Not only are Republicans writ large drifting away from Trump, some voters who backed him are no longer willing to admit they did so.”
Additionally, some of those that simply voted for Trump, knowing that his platform included some of the most horrendous concepts that were as anti-American as one could possibly achieve, did so, simply because he was the Republican nominee. This ideology confirms the quote:
“Democrats want to fall in love; Republicans just fall in line.”
President Bill Clinton
Take The Crayons Away
It has become very apparent that Trump is an embarrassment across a broad swath of conditions. World leaders smirk at his grade school level speaking and know that they can get what they want simply by appealing to his narcissistic ego. Comments that he has made have crossed the line of acceptability and his personal and vindictive attacks on just about every type of individual in the country and the world has created a situation of outright disbelief.
Never before has an individual with so little in the way of understanding of humanity and the world entered the White House. He has alienated our allies, aligned himself with Russia, promoted his personal businesses, carved out only approvals in countries where he could benefit and taken more time off to golf and charge back costs for profit than anyone else in the history of the country.
There doesn’t seem to be any line that Trump won’t cross and he feels absolutely no remorse in doing so. However, as the RussiaGate investigation looms more closely, it is only a matter of time that his supporters will wake up and recognize that this is a reality.
Trump and his band of horror accomplices, none of whom deserve to hold the positions and almost all of whom hold disdain for the very departments they govern, will soon be gone. We can only hope that as a country, we have learned a hard lesson and that new laws will be set into place that will not allow this to happen again.
Given the Blue Wave of elected Democrats and the incredible increase in those that are running for office, we can anticipate that most of the country has “had enough” and with gloves off, they are showing up to vote and will send the Trump deplorables back under the rocks from whence they came.