There has been a lot of discussion lately about Trump’s supporters. One of the points frequently made is that we should try to understand their admiration for Trump from their perspective. We shouldn’t assume we know best.
Okay, I’ve tried to do that. This is the conclusion I’ve reached:
Anybody who still admires Trump at this point is either an idiot, an ignoramus or a dupe.
In fact, I’ll share this further observation:
Anybody who thinks Hillary Clinton is the corrupt, untrustworthy candidate in this race is either an idiot, an ignoramus or a dupe.
Consider, for example, this article from The Washington Post: “Trump’s history of corruption is mind-boggling. So why is Clinton supposedly the corrupt one?”
And this one from Salon that explains why so many people are wrongly convinced that Clinton is corrupt: “Press, lies and Hillary’s campaign: Years of smears have created a fictional version of Clinton. They’re also a disservice to voters”. Its subtitle is “Many Americans think Clinton is a congenital liar — that’s because of the right and the media, not her”.
Finally, here is well-known journalist James Fallows of The Atlantic showing how recent news coverage of the campaign was especially dangerous and misleading. The article’s title is “How the Media Undermine American Democracy”.
Fallows has been writing almost daily about this moment in history under the heading “The Daily Trump: Filling a Time Capsule”. His editors explain why:
People will look back on this era in our history to see what was known about Donald Trump while Americans were deciding whether to choose him as president. Here’s a running chronicle from James Fallows on the evidence available to voters as they make their choice, and of how Trump has broken the norms that applied to previous major-party candidates.
This is Fallows’s first entry from back in May, in which he shows how Trump jumped to a conclusion about a missing plane. This is his most recent entry, which discusses Trump’s continuing refusal to release his tax returns.
It’s great to know there are journalists who are doing a good job covering the presidential campaign. Despite the fact that you have to look for them, there’s no excuse at this point for being a political ignoramus or a dupe, whatever your perspective is.
And one more thought: I should have said that you could still admire Trump at this point if you’re a thug. Obviously, one thug can appreciate another thug who’s getting away with thuggery.