“The Donald” has won New Hampshire, and now, the din has become almost deafening. In fact, on both sides of aisle, as socialists celebrate Bernie Sanders crushing of Hillary Clinton.
Trump won New Hampshire, rather handily, in many ways it was expected. However, one primary does not a nomination make. (Although, with the crows and cries from the Trump supporters, you would think he just won it all)
What is it about Trump supporters? Why, in many cases, are they so virulent, so vocal, so “in your face”? I like Trump supporters to this: Picture a Trump’s campaign, even, Trump the person, as a banquet, a banquet laid out by someone to satisfy a group of hungry people. Now, on that banquet table, are carefully prepared favorites, things that the preparers know the hungry people want to eat. However, also on that table, among the platters of delicious foods, are platters of things no one would eat, and many would find disagreeable., in fact, they may even be garbage, they smell so bad. The hungry people arrive, and decide, “well, we are here, lets eat, at least at this banquet, there is stuff we can eat.” So, everyone decides to get their fill, but in the process, have to reach over, around and aside of the platters of garbage, from which the emanating odors mingle with everything else, making it hard to smell the good stuff. Still and all, once they navigate around the foul inedible, they pronounce the banquet as “The best” and “delicious”, despite warnings, and even, evidence, that the presence of the garbage at the table is going to harm them, despite all of the good food they have eaten. In the meantime, the banquet goers are being told by others to take a step back, and look at the entire table. For if they did, they would find the whole thing unappetizing, and walk away, despite the presence of their favorite foods. And some, continue to eat, hoping that someone comes along, and cleans up the garbage, and gets rid of it, so all that is left is what everyone wants to consume.
I see tweets, and FB entries, praising Trump, talking about how he is a “leader” and “what this country needs”. Now, I also understand what has given rise to Trump, and on the other side, Sanders. It is an electorate that is fed up, finished, and angry, citizens who feel betrayed, and even, sold out. People that are tired of “politics as usual” and the empty promises and hot air that comes out of Washington.
I get it, I am one of those people.
We are tired of the threat that is being posed to us by terrorism, unrestrained illegal immigration, a President who acts more like a dictator than the leader of a nation. Tired of do-nothing Senators, and Congressmen. We need, no, we want someone to do something about that. Someone who will stand up and say “No more, this has to stop”.
Unfortunately no one has. Well, except for Donald Trump.
The problem with Donald, and there are many. (take your pick) is that he is not, and never has been a Conservative, even a moderate one. He is in it for himself, he is not in it for the country, the people, or our sovereignty. He is in it for his ego. His speeches on immigration, and terrorism strike a chord with many, because that is what people want to hear, he knows this, and he speaks to it. It is little more than populist nonsense, with no real substance behind it. It is what is selling though, and it is what is getting people to support him. What most Americans want, is their country back, a sense of security, and the knowledge that Washington is not actively trying to run their lives. Most of us just want to be left alone to pursue our version of the American Dream. For various reasons, many Americans believe Donald Trump is, or can be, the man that does that. Many of us disagree with that notion, and disagree with much of what Trump has to say.
Nonetheless, people are paying attention, taking it in, and following him. In a speech just before the NH primary, Trump offered more of the same, talking points, and applause lines with very little substance, or policy behind them. When I ask Trump supporters what he offers, I get very little in the way of responses that either point out what it is that he has, or, even make any sense. I did get one reply on Facebook from a FB friend who is a Trump supporter, and she said “Trump is saying what we want to hear”.
That, folks, says it all.
Trump actually had his own, on the mark critique of his supporters, when he quipped during a speech recently in Iowa, “I could stand in the middle of 5th Avenue and shoot somebody and I wouldn’t lose voters,”. Which to me, is telling commentary on what he thinks of his supporters, and of himself. In that one line, he is saying that his supporters blindly follow and support him, and it matters not what he does, they are so loyal, they wouldn’t abandon him. Additionally he is saying that he is also above the law, and that if he shot someone, it shouldn’t matter. There is not an ounce of humility in that man, and certainly, no respect for the people that support him.
Furthermore, the number of racist, white supremacists that support Trump, as well as Nazi, and other anti-Semitic types is more than a bit disturbing to me, and something that, I would think, any candidate would want to distance himself from. It would seem, that Trump, while never acknowledging the support from these people, has also never disavowed it, and has never distanced himself from it. Every extreme is present in every presidential election, in the past the extremism has always had little effect on the out come of the Presidential race. This is the first election, in the 50 years I have been on this planet, where it seems that extremism has a much louder voice, and, while certainly not being courted, it is being tolerated, which should disturb just about anyone.