And now his campaign manager has been arrested for battery, for grabbing a reporter’s arm so hard he left bruises (“Why Trump’s Campaign Manager was Arrested for Battery”, David A. Graham, The Atlantic online, 3/29/2016) . There is a video that clearly shows him grabbing her.
But, of course, Trump blames the reporter for all of this, first stating that she (the reporter is female) made up the whole thing, then finally concluding that his campaign manager was protecting him! He then asked, “Can I sue her?” (“Trump Turns Blame on Reporter in Battery Case”, Eli Stokols, Hadas Gold, & Nick Gass, Politico website, 3/29/2016).
I cannot, for the life of me, understand why anyone is supporting this guy at all.
So, I asked some random folks while I was out and about the other day.
This is what I am hearing in public from mainstream Republican voters – the ones who were lauding Trump just a few weeks ago:
“I don’t think Donald Trump knows what he’s doing, but I hate Hillary, so…I’m not going to vote.”
Good. Don’t vote. That always helps the Democrats.
When asked why they changed from supporting Trump to not supporting him, a few of them they say “he’s too extreme”. Thank goodness some of them see that.
But more of them say, “He can’t do what he says. He can’t build a wall, he can’t deport Muslims.”
In other words, Trump can’t implement the hateful and dangerous programs that these people support. Like ol’ reactionary John, they lash out and then are astounded when no one – not even Trump – actually comes to help them.
I keep waiting for the Trump supporters to catch on to how much he actually makes fun of them. For example, when (for the millionth time) Trump shouted, “Throw them out” – in regards to protesters – he followed that with “USA, USA, USA!”
He said that in a very low-tone, Neanderthal voice, as if mocking the audience.
There was a very smart-alecky tone to that. As if he was thinking, “I’ll get these yahoos to just start shouting “USA!” because they’ll do anything I say.”
I marvel that people don’t catch on to that. Trump has nothing but contempt for everyone…everyone who isn’t Donald Trump. And his supporters can’t see that because they are so blinded by their own hatred of African-Americans, Latinos, Muslims, progressives, and everyone who doesn’t look/think like them.
Earlier I mentioned that some in the Republican Party are trying to “defeat Trump.” It’s possible they will be able to do that, but they take no responsibility for “Trumpism” (or “Trumpenstein”, as one of my friends calls it).
They created him. The GOP has been spewing hatred – albeit in a “coded” manner – for years. You can go back to 1964 and Goldwater’s campaign to see that.
Now their party is in danger of fracturing. I’m not sure if that will happen but I do know that, in 1964, Goldwater was not only soundly defeated, but many Republicans were unseated in the House and Senate.
That is what I hope will happen. Because now the lines are drawn, as they were regarding Civil Rights and the Vietnam War – it’s clear who is on what side. There’s no going back.
We simply cannot allow someone to be elected who is, basically, a right-wing nationalist. A cursory look at nationalistic movements throughout history should be enough to explain why.
Nationalism breeds fascism. And anyone who cannot see that Trump’s idea of the presidency is closer to a dictatorship than anything else…well, if I were those people I would seriously question what kind of government I really want, and why.
They need to read a book or two on WWII, and perhaps one on the Constitution.
Could they make the connections? I honestly don’t know. I can’t wrap my head around how incredibly blind and ignorant Trump supporters are. They seem to want a president who is going to sign executive order after executive order banning everything and everybody they don’t like.
Without any push-back whatsoever.
They are not, fortunately, a majority of Americans. I keep that in my mind at all times. It just seems as if there are a lot of them because they get so much press.
The recent big wins by Bernie Sanders lately provides a lot of hope for this country, thankfully. I marvel at the success of a candidate who is basically running on a socialist platform ala Socialist Workers Party when I was a teenager (they ran Linda Jenness in 1972); hey, it only took a little over 40 years for the rest of the country to wise up.
I never thought I would see the day such a progressive would be doing so well at election time. Unfortunately, the “other side” is just about as reactionary and backwards as I have ever seen it, harking back (again) the 1970s and Spiro Agnew.
Deja vu all over again.
I don’t have any weird news because, well, I think the presidential campaigns the Republicans are running are just about as weird as it gets. And I haven’t been following any straight-up weird news sources for awhile.
Recommendations? For the best political coverage, I recommend the Rachel Maddow Show on MSNBC. She’s intelligent, and she has interesting guests. She doesn’t snark, talk over people, or push any agenda on people. She’s one of the few political/social commentary journalists who does not cause me to yell at my TV.
Be good. Be kind. Vote!