Trump supporters are unfazed. They are loyal, looking through all the political headlines seeing a President they believe is right on point with the issues. Their loyalty, for the most part, remains strong. Trump supporters show the deep division existing in America, a division fueled by Trump himself.
(Time) “Once again, history was unfolding in Washington; once again, voters seemed to be reacting with a collective shrug. If there is one constant in this extraordinary presidential election, it’s that every time the political class declares that a news event will permanently reshape the race, it usually seems to evaporate into the ether. The President could be impeached for abuse of power, publicly muster white supremacists, tear-gas peaceful protesters for a photo op, pay less than his employees in taxes, declare that he’d refuse to accept the results of the election, hold a possible superspreader event at the White House—and millions of Americans will ignore it. To half of us, all this is an outrage; to the other half, none of it matters.”
This is the era of Trump. No matter what he says or does, those voting for him see a strong economy, a more conservative judiciary, and a stronger nation. Trump is making America great again. The rationalization allowing voters to ignore Trump’s negatives is unprecedented.
There is a distrust of the media. This distrust among Trump supporters fuels their support allowing them to declare the negative reports “fake news.” Then there is a growing following of QAnon, fueling more support for Trump based on unfounded conspiracy theories.
Then there are those who oppose Trump, taking him down at every turn. The division is remarkable.
“Things fall apart: Three weeks with voters reveals a collapsing consensus” written for Time by Charlotte Alter is an interesting examination of voter’s feelings. It will surprise you, revealing the undercurrents fueling decisions of those who to vote. It is not scientific, it is a human examination of who we might be becoming as a nation. You will gain further insight about the divisions existing in this nation.
We have a President who understands those divisions and is effectively capitalizing on them. We need to look at what fuels the division to work toward building a bridge based on the facts and the truth. We need to engage in critical thinking.
Perhaps our divisions are the greatest reason to vote against Donald Trump, because another term may fuel the divisions that will fuel the slow destruction of our Democracy.
“A house divided against itself cannot stand.” Abraham Lincoln
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