If only we could say Trump’s name and make him disappear like Rumpelstilskin. Unfortunately, we’re not exactly granted that luxury, because we don’t live in a fairy tale. As his campaign attempts to turn straw into gold, most of us can see the troubling nature of his careless, and poorly thought-out statements (and no, not because we need him to be PC, but because words reflect integrity, intelligence and intention; we need him to not be an asshole- we cannot so easily afford to be selective). We see that there is something of a mudslide about Trump as he overturns everything within his orbit, almost promising to undo most of the progress we’ve attained. And yet, he’s followed, revered, and in many circles, even idolized as some New Man, some kind of model human. But why?
I mean, we’ve all seen the most recent headline: “Trump praises Saddam Hussein” for being “good” at killing terrorists despite being a “really bad man”. It’s an idiotic statement with devastating implications for a democratic system. But does that statement actually surprise anybody? I don’t really think so. By now, we’ve come to accept this simplistic rhetoric from good ole’ Trump, whose campaign hinges on kindergartener ethics and baby logic such as “he hit me first”, “that one has cooties”, and the infamous “I know you are, but what am I?”.
You may disagree, but Trump’s politics appeal to many Americans primarily because of that kind of simplicity. You don’t really have to be an intellectual to grasp his ideas; there’s a universality to the topics he seems to be addressing. Trump is pointing out obvious things in an obvious way, and people like it. What Trump supporters find refreshing about Trump is that he doesn’t SEEM to mince words, SEEMS to say what everyone else is too chickenshit to say, and he entertains us all the while. And we all know how much Americans love their entertainment: if Hilary and Bernie are prime time TV series, then Trump is reality TV. If Hilary is “House of Cards” and Bernie is “Arrested Development”, Trump is Jersey Shore, a fucking train wreck of a spectacle (that -deny it all you want- you secretly watch while claiming Pauly D as your favorite for being the “normal” one and, Snookie, for being a “free spirit”).
Trump seems to “tell it like it is” and appears to not only represent a “refreshing” change of pace from the usual political duplicity, doublespeak, and sycophancy, but also seems like an earnest, straight-forward man despite his perceived imperfections; he seems almost immune to the strategic amorality of it all.
Trump ultimately appears to be this every man’s man who knows that he’s just as good as some college graduated, New Republican reading, PC touting intellectual with hipster sophistications and liberal leanings. He appears to know his value despite being broken. And because he always seems to be blunt and action-oriented without the “fancy-schmancy” words, people flock to him, finding in him those very imperfections couched in the same kind of excessively opinionated vehicle. (“Seems”, “appears”, “represents”: nothing about this is actual.)
But of course, I’m not trying to say that Trump supporters don’t know their asses from their elbows (not ALL of them, at least), nor that being a Trump supporter means that one cannot be a “college graduated, New Republican reading, PC touting intellectual with hipster sophistications and liberal leanings”. Indeed, Trump supporters come in all shapes and sizes and are just as “everyone” as everyone else. I’m speaking more to a large caricatured sample of Trump supporters, the ones who don’t actually deliberate for themselves and regularly substitute thinking for emoting, the ones who have already written this piece off without actually thinking about what’s in it. Trump wants these people, because they come in droves and can be manipulated further and further into an ideological extreme.
Trump’s comments get worse every passing moment because the envelope is being pushed so gradually that these supporters are unsuspectingly agreeing to everything said. Discernment is going out the window. We’ve come to expect statements such as Mexicans are rapists, Hussein kills terrorist “good”, and we “need global warming”, mostly because those thoughts echo the unfiltered, anti-political sentiments of many Americans who are tired of the doublespeak and confusion that seem characteristic of American politics. And at least this aspect, this form of communication seems promising to people who, for instance, no longer want to deal with the esoteric bullshit of newly drafted bills, the likes of which are often even deliberately obfuscated in order to keep people from actually catching on. The politic speak in our country is akin to some new medication for anti-depression called Rinaxonol with 10,000 words of symptomatic small print flashing before our eyes for 3 seconds during a 30 second commercial. No one can read it, no one will read it and, if we did, we probably wouldn’t understand it.
And again, this is not to claim that we Americans are dumb, because contrary to all those Vine feeds we see on Facebook where someone lights themselves on fire trying to ignite a fart and ask inconceivably vapid questions on Yahoo Answers, (making us truly question the evolution of the neo-cortex), Americans are actually pretty bright- at least when we want to be. We just have (or WANT TO HAVE) a low tolerance for bullshit, ESPECIALLY when it comes to government. We flock to Trump because he seems to inspires us to see the value in cutting through that bullshit while those of us on the other side of the grass want to call Trump racist, sexist, and moronic (and I’m not exactly saying that he’s not any of those things) and by extension, accuse a hefty portion of his supporters of the same. Many of us, who wouldn’t vote for Trump with a ten foot fucking pole, are operating under the misconception that Trump is creating a new world full of hate and bigotry, that somehow he’s magically making people foam at the mouth with antipathy for their fellow “spics” and “niggers”; that somehow he’s designing new paradigms of ignorance for newer voters to degenerate into; that he’s somehow manufactured scores of Trump Bros from a Frankenstein-esque concoction of Keystone Lights, Marlboro Reds, Oakley sunglasses, cargo pants and date rape drugs all boiled in a cauldron and poured into a greasy molding; that he’s magically manifested intolerance and that Walmart-variety, garbage-thinking that accuses anyone darker than peach of being an “Osama Bin Laden-loving, terrorist fucking nigger-spook”! But no, sorry, these are not new things. Trump has only made apparent a good number of maladies that were already broken beneath the surface, some jagged shards of a jaded social structure jutting out the collective psyche like a compound fracture.
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