I HAVE BEEN PUTTING A LOT OF THOUGHT into the riddle of the the republican President Donald Trump’s followers who stick with him no matter what. A part of me has been hoping that as his followers learned about policies that did the rural voter real harm, like the republican’s AHCA bill, that his supporters would walk away.
But after the 4 point win by the republican Karen Handel over the democratic candidate Jon Ossoff at the June 2017 Special Elections for the Georgia’s sixth district vacated congressional seat, I am rethinking my premise about “the Trump supporter.”
For the record, this southern state seat had been held by republicans for decades. Tom Price, the current HHS Secretary, had previously won this seat by 23 points. But when polls starting indicating a tie, it seemed that the democrat could actually win. Towards this end, donations from all over the country poured into his campaign to the tune of $23 million dollars. But the republican party responded in kind by heavily assisting their candidate.
However, the big issue during this campaign was the republican health care AHCA bill which had been extremely unpopular and which could spell disaster for the rural voters. So, why do they still continue to support the president by 54%?
I think that I have figured out that for the most part, the president’s voters are just so angry, that they are content to watch the president take it to the government elites, the media types, the New York elites, etc. And because this is exactly what the president has been doing, his followers are appeased and they plan to stick by him. They only wish that they could do likewise.
So what if the president pulls the US out of the Paris Climate Accord, or if he is playing footsies with Russia, or that he is making policy decisions based on his personal financial interests versus acting in our country’s best interests, or that he is denying access to the press and that he lies frequently. Every time the president gives the supposed elite, the Washington/ NY/ San Francisco liberals and the media a hard time, he is doing their bidding.
This is why the likes of the Alt-right Steve Bannon is back in favor with the president.
And this is why the republican candidate in Georgia prevailed barring any the manipulation of Georgia’s voting machines. (See blog: “Why COULDN’T Mr. Ossoff Or Ms. Handel Just Win The June GA. Special Elections, Fair And Square?“)
Until this week, I would not have given the below post a second glance.
On May 24, 2017, Jason Johnson of The Root penned the following piece, “Yes, Trump Voters Will Stick With Him Forever.”
“The question shouldn’t be, why did millions of Americans vote for Donald Trump? That answer is obvious. The question should be, why have his core supporters stuck with him and, spoiler alert, why will they continue to stick with him no matter what he does over the next four to eight years?”
“Most Trump-voter articles fall into three categories:”
1. What motivated people to vote for Trump: “The answer is usually some variation of “economic anxiety” and “cultural anxiety,” which is just fancy code-speech for racists. These folks are different from just plain ol’ Republicans who were just voting party.”
“It really shouldn’t. Didn’t the No. 1-rated Cosby Show give way to Roseanne? Wasn’t the ’90s Michael Jordan era followed by the mainstreaming of Confederate-flag-winking NASCAR? To paraphrase Van Jones, the “whitewash” is real, and we’ve seen it before.”
3. What it will take for Trump voters to abandon him: “These stories involve putting together some collection of mostly white Trump voters (and usually one black guy from the Steve Harvey Collection), who are presented with lie after lie that Trump has told, and the journalist sits there gobsmacked as these people calmly stick with Trump no matter what.”
“The reason these analyses fail is that they don’t get to the root of white-American psyche over the last two decades. Imagine you’re a 35-year-old white guy in 1999. The world is your oyster; the next 15 years, your income, life and opportunities are going to skyrocket. Then, boom: Columbine, the white suburbs are no longer safe; 2000, the electoral system is a mess; 2001, America is no longer safe from terror; 2002, the economy is rigged for big business like Enron; and 2005, America’s party city New Orleans gets flooded and the government botches the recovery.”
““After all that, the only way to fix the country is by handing it over to a handsome, smart black guy with a funny name. How emasculating! Eight years later, you’ve got black folks protesting, gays on every television network, and even black athletes, from college to the pros, are demanding to be heard. To quote the late Bill Paxton, “Game over, man; game over!” America is done.”
“Donald Trump is that temper tantrum. This is why Trump voters are still angry. Why they’re still hanging nooses and protesting at Confederate statues and can’t stop talking about Obama and Hillary. Those aren’t the actions of optimistic winners who believe America’s best days are ahead.”
“Trump supporters still believe that America is ruined, soiled, tainted and irredeemable. No matter what America says to Trump now, his voters know that she dated a black guy for eight years and she liked it, and she still thinks about him.” “This is why poll after poll shows supporters sticking with Trump no matter how many times he fails or completely betrays his policy promises. They never expected him to change anything, and they never will. All they need to know is that he drives liberals crazy (and to them, “liberals” are anyone who isn’t a Trump supporter), that he’s white and male, and doesn’t challenge Americans to grow up and change.”
“They just want to make sure they go down swinging, and if that drives the rest of the world off the cliff, so be it. At least the black guy won’t be at the steering wheel.”