Who Votes For Trump -- And Why
There are basically 4 Trump voters out there. First, the flat out bigots.
These include the overt white supremacists, but it also includes all those who realize, even if only deep down inside, that the era of white privilege is about to pass away.
And that terrifies them.
Because they know how shitty white people have treated non-whites (we can throw a lot of non-white Christians into this group, too, because they know Christians in this country have too often not acted in a Christ-like manner to non-Christians and as the Bible teaches “whatsoever a man soweth, that shall he also reap” and “with what judgment ye judge, ye shall be judged: and with what measure ye mete, it shall be measured to you again” so payback’s a’comin’).
They fear they will be treated shabbily by minorities in the same way they treated those minorities shabbily, and they cling to Trump because they are foolish enough to believe he can keep that from happening just because he’s white and he says he can.
Truth be told, not everyone in this group is a sheet wearing, cross burning race monger.
A lot of them are frightened old people who see the world changing around them and because it no longer looks as white as it once was, willingly overlook truth and facts in the vain hope they can some how return to an era that never existed, one in which they as whites and/or Christians never ever had to take the rights and feelings of non-whites and non-Christians into consideration.
The second group are short-sighted angry people.
They are pissed that the country’s political systems has been served badly.
They think the way to fix that is to bring the whole thing crashing down.
They tend to be people of privilege (albeit not necessarily white and / or Christian privilege) and they think somehow they will be immune to the chaos and suffering that will follow.
They will not.
If we’re lucky, such a systemic collapse would be like the Great Depression.
If we’re not lucky, it would be a Putin-like strongman taking over and looting what’s left of the country at every one else’s expense.
Or the French Revolution, with its attendant Reign Of Terror…and as bad as that was, it’s still better than the Russian Revolution, or the Chinese Communist Revolution, or the rise of the fascists in Europe after WWI.
This second group of Trump voters will suffer, and they will suffer disproportionately because they still have something to lose.
The third group are the rich selfish bastards.
These are those rich people who feel they somehow made all their money miraculously without the hard work of thousands if not millions of employees and laborers and investors.
They have resented sharing even a penny of what they have taken with those who made it possible.
They have spent decades -- centuries! -- claiming they should own everything and control everything, and that those of us who are unwilling to enslave themselves to the oligarchy for the eternal glorification of the plutocracy’s power and pleasure should be ruthlessly eradicated.
And, no, that is not an overgeneralization. Read any labor history. Read any history, period. The wealthy as a class have never been friends much less benefactors of humanity.
Finally, the sociopaths who don’t give a fnck about anyone or anything else so long as they can win.
They’re not the wealthy, nor are their aspirations to wealth the thing that defines them.
They are contrarians who do not seek the common good but rather want to win, even when their wins are based on lies that ultimately prove self-defeating.
They take glee in their contrarian opinions, not because they are displays of truly independent intellect, but because they enjoy pissing in other people’s wells. By and large they are immune to facts, and willingly so, determined not to listen to any point of view that doesn’t let them win and lord it over others.
There are overlaps along and between all these groups, but in the end they are the ones who back Trump.
The best you can say is that some of them are merely fearful and foolish and naïve.
The worst is that some of them are willing instruments of evil.