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Even hyper-partisan conservative Republican cartoonists like Glenn McCoy seem to be unhappy with Donald Trump. However, Trump’s support among his base actually went up a little after firing FBI director Comey. Who are these people who ardently support Trump?

Also published on Medium.



  1. Wildwood wrote:

    Could these be the people?

    Monday, May 15, 2017 at 7:56 am | Permalink
  2. Anonymous wrote:

    I can’t access usatoday for some reason.

    Can you summarize?

    Monday, May 15, 2017 at 9:34 am | Permalink
  3. redjon wrote:

    It’s very likely the racist vote is what put Trump over the top; he’s the first major party presidential candidate in recent history who’s had the public support of the American Nazis, for instance, AND the KKK AND basically every self-styled paramilitary and white separatist organization in the country. AND the states rights people in the West who truly believe that public lands should be given over to them to do with what they please, which mostly involves feelgood outings with ORVs. Every right-wing fringe organization in the country, in other words, believes Trump is the man who has finally given them a voice.

    That being said, there are also a lot of people who because they thought high school was a waste of time are stuck in menial, low-paying jobs at which they work quite hard, and are angry that friends and neighbors of theirs who choose not to work at all and/or take advantage of a welfare system that favors unwed mothers (this is factual but not for the reasons they think) are not much worse off than they are AND honestly believe illegal immigrants are taking their jobs. These are the things they hear on the radio, after all, and if even highly-paid and well-educated talk show hosts are angry about it, then that justifies their anger.

    Confirmation bias is common across party, religious and color lines and the people who have lost the most want desperately to get back what little they can. If Trump promises glory while everybody else promises yet another variation on the status quo, then even a tiny slice of glory is worth the risk.

    Hitler was elected to office based on glorious promises and so was Mussolini. Revolutions happened all over Europe and people took power into their own hands, or thought they did.

    The successful revolutions evolved into democratic socialism with higher tax rates than in the U.S. but with educated (some would say elitist) populations who place great value on education and their responsibility to the community and to other citizens in their own countries EVEN WHEN it costs them more than it would to be selfish. Yes, the British, who are more American than anyone else in Europe, voted to leave the E.U., but few Brits, in spite of the fact they already speak our language, pack their bags for the U.S.

    If democratic socialism is so bad, why are people not coming to the U.S. in droves from England and Canada for starters, or even from other European countries where English is spoken as a second language especially in business circles?
    Commitment to social good vs. commitment to self? Satisfaction with living in a boring yet decent society with the same troubles as anywhere but maybe more tolerance and less conflict? Education?

    Does anyone think there might be a link between our American LACK of commitment to excellence in education and the fact that we are clearly NOT the world’s technology leaders?

    But our taxes are low, so that’s something.

    Monday, May 15, 2017 at 12:01 pm | Permalink
  4. Wildwood wrote:

    anon, marchers with torches were protesting the removal of a statue of Robert E. Lee in Charlottesville, VA, Saturday evening, led by Alt-right leader Richard Spencer and chanting things like a Nazi slogan “blood and soil” and “Russia is our friend”, among other things.

    Monday, May 15, 2017 at 3:04 pm | Permalink
  5. Jonah wrote:

    At least hillary’s server had to be hacked. Trump voluntarily gave away state secrets. Disaster!

    Monday, May 15, 2017 at 3:11 pm | Permalink
  6. Sam Foster wrote:

    These people…basically old, white, Republican dudes:

    Also, I thought this summed it up well: “Rural America is a colony, and its economy is a colonial economy.

    The business of America has been largely and without apology the plundering of rural America, from which everything of value—minerals, timber, farm animals, farm crops, and “labor”—has been taken at the lowest possible price.” Interestingly, the exploited colonists have been taught to lionize their oppressors.

    Monday, May 15, 2017 at 6:44 pm | Permalink