How Can Any Balanced Person Believe This Crap?
When I am not busy calling them idiots or fending off the right-wing venom, I sometimes wonder what causes anyone to be and continue to be a Trump supporter. The “to be” part is the most difficult to explain. I knew Trump was an asshole from his dealings in Scotland, where he broke every promise he made. He screwed contractors, destroyed the surrounding environment, debased and harassed any landowners who refused to sell and even cheated the country a bit. He repeated this behavior in nearly all his projects around the world. I was never a resident of or part of the New York scene, but I was still aware of his almost comical attempts to make himself look important and the various personalities who just happened to share his voice.
In short, I knew enough about Trump to have little or no interest in his fantasy television show. I watched one episode and was disgusted. It was like watching a human centipede and wondering how it felt to be in the middle. Respect was on sale at bargain prices. When Trump announced that he was running for President, I was sure it was just a stunt. Everyone had to know that this man was viewed as a conman by those he wished were his peers and nearly everyone else. I suspected he would have to resort to using one of his alternate personalities to call in to talk radio and TW show to voice support. All of this explains how I have failed to come up with an explanation as to why anyone would choose to follow Trump. It must be a combination of resentment, frustration, seeking to deflect blame, bigotry, and ignorance. I recently had a web designer tell me that polling has found that half of Americans say they don’t like to read—I had to tell him that those weren’t the people I was targeting. I needed readers! This is why I suspect ignorance is the number one reason behind supporting DJT.>
After he told nearly 2000 lies during his first year in office I thought most would begin to catch on. A few did but a large number either didn’t or chose to pretend they didn’t. After three years in office and over 15,800 lies or misleading statements, I began to wonder if his supporters were so invested that they couldn’t disbelieve. But it was the last year when the lying really got out of hand and became dangerous. Sure, by this time he had publicly justified the existence of white supremacists and right-wing-nut-jobs in general, but what about the others?
This is where my Psych 101 class came in handy, or maybe it was Soc 101—they were similar if I remember correctly, and a long time ago. These were basic, first-year classes or maybe I could have diagnosed his malignant narcissistic personality disorder right away. I learned about the ego defense mechanisms. I believe repression, denial, projection, displacement, regression, and sublimation all come into play in the Trump supporter psyche. Sometimes people become so committed to something that they cannot admit they are wrong or have been misled. They may view the very existence as being under threat when confronted with the truth. This can lead to the “offense as the best defense” type of behavior.
So, from now on, when you are dealing with a Trump supporter show some compassion. Try to put them at ease and listen quietly. Nod once in a while, not to show agreement but to show you are listening. Then when you are finally sick of listening to psychotic bullshit, call them idiots and leave.