“I’m not about to lose a fight just because we have a bunch of farmers who depend on Chinese markets and workers who will lose their jobs if factories can’t get Chinese raw materials. Believe me, I can tolerate a tremendous amount of their pain.” Trump went on to state that most Americans are “great patriots” and willing to suffer so that he can get anything wants
I’m sure he suffers a lot when he’s tweeting from his golden toilet.
In a desperate attempt to understand how so many people can be so blind to this fargin icehole, I’m reading “American Nations” by Colin Woodward. He also wrote “American Character”. His idea is that when Europeans first took over NA they came from 11 separate cultural identities - each with distinct sets of values - and that those original 11 are still very much in play today. So that categories like “dems”, “gop”, “conservative”, “socialist” and so on don’t mean as much as how these 11 identities stand behind certain ideas, or people.
Even if this perspective helps, I still find any support for this prick to be mostly unexplainable.
I wish it were mysterious. My read of American history reveals a long line of these characters. His appeal is the appeal of an overdressed street pimp. For all the same reasons. His speeches are simply clumsier versions of the kind nationalistic chauvinism we hear in any security state in the world.
We have not simply a great tradition of voting against our interest but doubling down on that commitment in subsequent elections. Follow the trail of Republican presidents back and notice the pattern. Trump doesn’t interrupt it in any substantial way. Who was the historian who chronicled the Caesars following the fall of the Roman empire?
I find it all depressingly familiar.
“TRUMP IS FIRE-BREATHING… SO ENERGETIC… SO CUNNING… SO REAL [...] IT MAKES ME SO ENDEARED TO TRUMP… I’M READY TO DIE FOR TRUMP, AT THIS POINT.”
— Alex Jonestown (*snake oils shonk, transsexual porn connoisseur and ‘Trump’ confidant who is said to have the “ear” of the president)