aside The Diary Of The Trump Follower

Supporters hold up signs prior to a "Make America Great Again Rally" at the Pennsylvania Farm Show Complex & Expo Center April 29, 2017 in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania. President Donald Trump is holding a rally to mark his first 100 days of his presidency.  (Photo by Alex Wong/Getty Images)As Americans observe the republican President Donald Trump perform his duties, it becomes apparent that he is targeting his rhetoric and actions towards pleasing the Evangelical church goers, the angry white rural voters with the wealthy who are just going along for the ride.

It has finally hit home to me, personally, that the rural angry White voters do not care what the president says or does as long as he keeps giving the liberals, elites, the finger.

Image result for photos of steve bannonThis explains why the president has welcomed the alt-right, establishment bomb thrower back into the fold, Steve Bannon. A significant percentage of his angry White folks are aligned in their thinking with White supremacists’ groups which helps to explain the president’s reticence to publicly confront his followers about his having no tolerance for violence and “hate crimes.”

In a recent tragedy in Sterling, Virginia, where young Muslim girls were followed by a man in a bat, who managed to catch one young lady to fatally injure, the police refused to even consider the possibility that this was a hate crime. And with the US Attorney General Jeff Sessions being of the alt-right category, their is no hope for relief for minority communities.

Image result for IMAGES OF 13 republican senators working on ahcaIt is obvious that when the 13 republican White male senators worked over a 2 month time span to revise the House’s version of Trumpcare, they were catering to the Evangelical voters when they included the defunding of Planned Parenthood in their final work product. And the wealthy end up being appeased with all its tax savings.

But while this plan would harm the president’s rural White angry voters bigly, so far, they don’t appear to give a hoot. As long as the president is a royal thorn on the backside of those so called liberals, Washington DC, NYC and San Francisco elites, it looks like these folks will continue to support their leader even when he is acting in a way that is counter to their best interests and counter to his campaign promises.

President Donald Trump speaks at a rally in Harrisburg, Pa., Saturday, April 29, 2017. (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky)Here is the rest of the story to help make sense of the Trump supporters…

On June 19, 2017, Jennifer Rubin of the Washington Post penned the following report, “Trump exploited the cultural divide, not economic unfairness.”

Excerpts:

“If you listened to President Trump supporters and a great deal of the media (both mainstream and right-wing) analyzing the 2016 presidential race you would think Trump won the presidency because he understood the economic hardship of those in rural and small-town America. His base was made up of people hurt by globalization and de-industrialization in the heartland. The traditional GOP and the Democratic Party, you see, didn’t understand this or care about their plight.”

President Donald Trump turns to the audience behind him as he finishes speaking at the Pennsylvania Farm Show Complex and Expo Center in Harrisburg, Pa., Saturday, April, 29, 2017. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster)“We’ve never really bought that explanation, in part because Trump voters on average were richer than Hillary Clinton voters. Now there is powerful evidence of a disagreeable truth: Trump’s base was far more motivated by cultural provincialism and xenophobia than by economic need.”

“The Post reports that the “popular explanations of the rural-urban divide appear to overstate the influence of declining economic outcomes in driving rural America’s support for Trump. The survey responses, along with follow-up interviews and focus groups in rural Ohio, bring into view a portrait of a split that is tied more to social identity than to economic experience.” Economic dislocation does not seem to have been the main factor in the election:”

President Donald Trump is seen below as he speaks at the Pennsylvania Farm Show Complex and Expo Center in Harrisburg, Pa., Saturday, April, 29, 2017. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster) “Rural Americans express far more concern about jobs in their communities, but the poll finds that those concerns have little connection to support for Trump, a frequent theory to explain his rise in 2016. Economic troubles also show little relation to the feeling that urban residents have different values.”

“Rural voters who lament their community’s job prospects report supporting Trump by 14 percentage points more than Clinton, but Trump’s support was about twice that margin — 30 points — among voters who say their community’s job opportunities are excellent or good. Trump also earned about the same level of support from those who say they don’t worry about paying their bills as those who couldn’t pay their bills at some point in the past year.”

A protester is surrounded by members of the group Bikers For Trump during a "Make America Great Again Rally"at the Pennsylvania Farm Show Complex & Expo Center April 29, 2017 in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania. President Trump held a rally to mark his first 100 days of his presidency.  (Photo by Alex Wong/Getty Images)“If not economics per se, what was the origin of the sharp electoral divide between rural and urban voters? Attitudes on race, culture and immigration seem to predominate:”

“The poll reveals that perceptions about abuse of government benefits often go hand in hand with views about race.”

“When asked which is more common — that government help tends to go to irresponsible people who do not deserve it or that it doesn’t reach people in need — rural Americans are more likely than others to say they think people are abusing the system. And across all areas, those who believe irresponsible people get undeserved government benefits are more likely than others to think that racial minorities receive unfair privileges.”

“In response to this poll question — “Which of these do you think is the bigger problem in this country: blacks and Hispanics losing out because of preferences for whites, or whites losing out because of preferences for blacks and Hispanics?” — rural whites are 14 points less likely than urban whites to say they are more concerned about blacks and Hispanics losing out.”

Supporters hold up signs prior to a "Make America Great Again Rally" at the Pennsylvania Farm Show Complex & Expo Center April 29, 2017 in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania. President Donald Trump is holding a rally to mark his first 100 days of his presidency.  (Photo by Alex Wong/Getty Images)“While rural Americans may reside in close-knit, overwhelmingly Christian communities, they see themselves as victims in a war against religion. “Nearly 6 in 10 people in rural areas say Christian values are under attack, compared with just over half of suburbanites and fewer than half of urbanites. When personal politics is taken into account, the divide among rural residents is even larger: 78 percent of rural Republicans say Christian values are under attack, while 45 percent of rural Democrats do.” Trump magnificently exploited the resentments of white Christians and their anxiety about cities, which he falsely portrayed as experiencing a crime wave.

“He also played into negative feelings about immigrants held by people who didn’t have much contact with immigrants. “Rural residents are more likely than people in cities or suburbs to think that immigrants are not adapting to the American way of life. The poll also finds that these views soften in rural areas with significant foreign-born populations.” They harbor strong feelings that are not the result of actual experience:”

“Rural residents are also more likely to say that recent immigrants have different values than their own — 50 percent, compared with 39 percent of urban residents.”

“Trump voters in rural areas are the most critical: 74 percent say recent immigrants are not doing enough to assimilate to life in America vs. 49 percent of rural Americans overall who think that, as well.”

“One reason for rural Americans’ concern about immigrants could be their lack of exposure to them. Foreign-born residents make up 2.3 percent of the population in rural counties, compared with nearly 15 percent of urban counties, according to Census Bureau data for 2011-2015. . . . The Post-Kaiser poll finds that in rural areas where less than 2 percent of the population are immigrants, less than 4 in 10 residents say immigrants strengthen the country. But that rises to nearly 6 in 10 in rural areas where at least 5 percent are born outside the United States.”

A supporter holds up signs during a "Make America Great Again Rally" at the Pennsylvania Farm Show Complex & Expo Center April 29, 2017 in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania. President Trump held a rally to mark his first 100 days of his presidency.  (Photo by Alex Wong/Getty Images)“Resentment and hysteria over cities and immigrants have been building for years, egged on by talk radio and Fox News and by anti-immigrant groups (e.g., FAIR, NumbersUSA). Trump simply took it to a new level of demagoguery divorced from reality.”

“As we reenter a national conversation about anger, polarization and rhetorical excess we should expect more diligent, reasoned behavior from both politicians and voters. It is a gross exaggeration to tell rural voters that Christianity is under assault because they cannot dominate societal rules (e.g., businesses cannot discriminate against LGBT customers, official organized school prayer violates the First Amendment). It’s flat-out false to say we are being swamped by illegal immigrants. This sort of propaganda lacks a grounding in reality and amps up the already dangerous political environment, which in turn paralyzes our democracy.’

“Inhabitants of cities are no less or more “American” than rural dwellers, and because of real-life experience display on average more tolerant attitudes toward immigrants.”

“Rural communities have every right to demand adequate services. (Unfortunately, Trump policies make life harder for them. Trumpcare would make their health care more expensive; privatizing the air traffic control system would make airports scarcer in these areas.)  Like other Americans, they deserve empathy for the conditions that afflict many communities (drug addiction, soaring rates of those on disability). However, rural voters must, like all Americans, eschew bigotry and reject prevalent conspiracy theories.”

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    • Dear CarolMaeWy,

      These Americans feel that the system has bypassed and left them behind like garbage and they are acting out in a self-destructive way. What is worse is that DDT HAS DELIBERATELY STOKED AND INFLAMED THEIR ANGER and he won with it. Then to add salt to injury, there are the republican legislative sycophants carrying THE PRESIDENT’S water so that they can finally pass a tax reform bill with theTRUMPCARE bill being simply the precursor.

      So what if the Russian’s act of war against this country is not being properly checked. Can you believe that 37% of republicans do not believe that Russia interfered with the 2016 presidential elections? This is what it is like to be gas-lighted.

      Guess what? I am beginning to feel that rage that I have been ascribing to the alt-right President Trump followers.

      Hugs, Gronda

  1. You can form a sort of understanding that rural white voters would keep backing Trump for giving the finger to the liberal elite.
    Where this becomes stupidity is when you support him while he’s giving you the finger as well. Almost 6 months into his ‘reign’ and so far he hasn’t honoured a single promise he made and now it looks like the death of Obamacare will hit his voters as much as anyone else. It looks like the Republican party has a deathwish as do all the voters waiting to lose so much medical care. It’s not the liberal elite about to get hurt and the Republicans have given themselves a bonus too by way of tax cuts for the wealthy.
    The rural white voters are launching a religious attack on immigrants as they hand America over to the Russians. The alt-right with their white supremacist notions can sit back with a smug grin on their faces knowing they’ve played the religious card to those that practice hate and not a Christian thought between them.
    Goodnight America, I think we should play The Last Post for you now.
    xxx Huge Hugs xxx

    • Dear David Prosser,

      This is disheartening to witness.

      Those angry rural White voters are acting out against their own interests, but they can’t see beyond their rage against a system that has forgotten and left them behind like refuse

      What is truly sickening is that the president deliberately stoked and inflamed this anger as he cruised to victory on it. Then there are the republican legislative servants who are turning a blind eye to all of this harm just so they can eventually pass that dream law of tax cuts for the wealthy under the guise of tax reform, of which Trumpcare was just the precursor.

      And if that means colluding with the Russians who committed what amounts to an Act of War against the USA, SO WHAT?

      i HATE TO ADMIT THIS BUT i AM BEGINNING TO FEEL THAT OUTRAGE OVER WHAT IS BEING DONE IN THE NAME OF THIS COUNTRY.

      Hugs, Gronda

      • When Trump has gone and the Democrats rule again I’m sure they can start repair work. A good place to start will be to re-tax the rich so all those who benefit now lose then. If this new health bill is in then the ACA should be looked at again, amended where needed and re-implemented with the name Obamacare to honour the President who tried to genuinely do something for the people.
        xxx Hugs Galore xxx

        • Dear Roger,

          And that is the plan. We just have to remind ourselves that there is nothing that DDT IS DOING so far, which can’t be reversed.

          Hugs Gronda

    • — David, you are absolutely correct about Trump. I know it boggles the mind that anyone sane would vote for him, but there’s plenty of irrational reasons why:

      From conversations that I’ve had with some Trump voters in recent weeks, I was struck by how they viewed the Democratic Party as snobbish, elitist and looking down its nose at “average Americans.” And in conversations with some Clinton voters, I found confirmation for that view in the open disdain that the Clinton backers expressed toward the stupidity of anyone who voted for Trump. In other words, the Trump voters were not wrong to feel “dissed.”

      It seems the Republicans – and Trump in particular – have done a better job in presenting themselves to these Middle Americans as respecting their opinions and representing their fears, even though the policies being pushed by Trump and the GOP still favor the rich and will do little good – and significant harm – to the middle and working classes.

      By contrast, many of Hillary Clinton’s domestic proposals might well have benefited average Americans but she alienated many of them by telling a group of her supporters that half of Trump’s backers belonged in a “basket of deplorables.” Although she later reduced the percentage, she had committed a cardinal political sin: she had put the liberal disdain for millions of Americans into words – and easily remembered words at that.

      By insisting that Hillary Clinton be the Democratic nominee – after leftist populist Bernie Sanders was pushed aside – the party also ignored the fact that many Americans, including many Democrats, viewed Clinton as the perfectly imperfect candidate for an anti-Establishment year with many Americans still fuming over the Wall Street bailouts and amid the growing sense that the system was rigged for the well-connected and against the average guy or gal.

      Republican Fraud

      It wasn’t as if the Republicans were offering anything better. True, they were more comfortable talking to these “forgotten Americans” – advocating “gun rights” and “traditional values” and playing on white resentments over racial integration and civil rights – but, in office, the Republicans aggressively favored the interests of the rich, cutting their taxes and slashing regulations even more than the Democrats.

      The Republicans paid lip service to the struggling blue-collar workers but control of GOP policies was left in the hands of corporations and their lobbyists.

      Though the election of Barack Obama, the first African-American president, raised hopes that the nation might finally bind its deep racial wounds, it turned out to have a nearly opposite effect. Tea Party Republicans rallied many white working-class Americans to resist Obama and the hip urban future that he represented. They found an unlikely champion in real-estate mogul and reality TV star Donald Trump, who sensed how to tap into their fears and anger with his demagogic appeals and false populism.

      Meanwhile, the national Democrats were falling in love with data predicting that demographics would magically turn Republican red states blue. So the party blithely ignored the warning signs of a cataclysmic break with the Democrats’ old-time base.

      Despite all the data on opioid addiction and declining life expectancy among the white working class, Hillary Clinton was politically tone-deaf to the rumbles of discontent echoing across the Rust Belt. She assumed the traditionally Democratic white working-class precincts would stick with her and she tried to appeal to the “security moms” in typically Republican suburbs by touting her neoconservative foreign policy thinking. And she ran a relentlessly negative campaign against Trump while offering voters few positive reasons to vote for her.

      For more reasons, read:

      https://consortiumnews.com/2017/06/21/russia-gate-flops-as-democrats-golden-ticket/

  2. It is difficult to shake a core belief of this magnitude and blindness; the last time it was shaken loose was in Germany from 1944 through to 1945- not a pretty example.
    At this stage America is sorely in need of a stern, hard-talking, dedicated, egalitarian person determined to bring the Nation together.
    Any suggestions?

    • Dear Roger,

      It is at times like these that unlikely leaders appear to fill in the void but so far, this person has yet to step forward.

      Any such person would be sorely welcomed.

      Hugs, Gronda

  3. We just have to realize we’ve survived bad presidents before and we’ll do it again. We just have to legally support the fight against DT every inch of the way and watch our mouths. I’m wondering if we need to be protected from Trump supporters who talk about a lack of protection. Bullies are abounding due to an example in the White House. 😦 — Suzanne

    • Dear Suzanne,

      We can’t walk in fear but on the other hand, I, personally have no intention to goad any of DDT’s followers.
      You can’t give into bullies but you can outsmart them which we will somehow do.

      Hugs, Gronda

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