The fact that Donald Trump makes racist, misogynistic or Islamic-phobic comments doesn’t get to the heart of what makes him both unfit to be president while still sufficiently attractive to win a race against Hillary Clinton, who has plenty of detractors of her own.
While devout liberals find those criticisms satisfying, they obscure the fact that many Americans who don’t fit those pejorative labels are backing Trump and more might go that way depending upon what happens over the next few months. While a recent survey of polls show Hillary up by about 5.5% on Trump nationwide, he is up on her by 5% when it comes to the question of who people trust to keep us safe.
Shocking ISIS successes (or a plunge in the economy) might tip a number of Americans in favor of the guy who talks tough and does whatever it takes to win. They extrapolate that because he has been a winner in business, in entertainment and so far in politics, he will be a “winner” as president. What they fail to grasp is that he has one outstanding quality that has accounted for much of his success: his exceptional ability to promote himself.
Being the American president is arguably the toughest job in the world requiring a host of skills that go beyond self-promotion. Still, the more people feel anxious about our present circumstances the more attractive Trump’s decisive, tough guy persona could become, despite his shortcomings.
But back to those bigotry charges. I would say a large majority of his supporters are not racist or misogynist and don’t see him that way. Prejudiced like we all are, but there is not something basically wrong with them as implied by the application of an “ist” (racist, sexist, etc.), the liberal way of labeling one a secular sinner and a well spring of the anti-P. C. sentiments that Trump regularly cashes in on.
Separate out those rationally challenged beings I call the birther bunch, and Trump supporters come in all sorts of mental shapes and sizes. I have a young rising executive family member who dislikes Hillary so much, he is reluctantly siding with Trump, but would have voted for Bernie had he won the Democratic candidacy. A friend who is a patient of a neurosurgeon was aghast at learning her doctor backs Trump.
Many of these supporters see Trump just beating the old pols at their own lying game. All those outrageous things he says are just to get attention, lots of free media coverage, and he certainly has, or to weaken his opponents, which he did so well in the primary.
The more I examine Trump fan reaction the more I see how each picks and choses the information about him that they want to believe, like ordering a burger at Burger King. They disregard many things he says just as ploys to get an advantage. Or making an initial offer, a starting point for negotiation, just as he has always done in making deals.
Ben Carson is a case in point. Despite being trashed by Trump in the campaign, Carson has come to back the Donald. Carson exemplifies the Trump supporters’ tendency to let Trump slide in a lot of what he says because they believe he will be a “winner as president”.
While Carson is not happy about some Trump statements, he does not feel down deep Trump is a racist. He got to know the man personally since his own campaign disappeared and sees two Donald Trumps, the private one absent of the bombast of the public persona, a guy surprisingly “cerebral and a good listener.”
A guy apparently Carson can believe in, at least when compared with the Republican version of Satan, Hillary Clinton.
As for the racist statements, I think Carson would say “it’s all politics.” He seems to have reluctantly come to this sad, cynical conclusion from watching Trump’s success in the primary. The lesson learned was all politicians are liars, so whatever you say as a politician doesn’t matter as long as it helps you win. At the announcement of Carson endorsing Trump, the latter admitted as much by saying the reason he became so nasty with Carson was because he saw him rising in the polls. That’s a sign of Trump respect, a compliment Trump-Style.
Now that Carson is a supporter, Trump says wonderful things about the man, just as he has said about Ted Cruz, the former “lying Ted.” If you’re with Trump he doesn’t care if you are black, or a woman or have a Mexican heritage or whatever. You just have to be capable and loyal in his eyes. Just ask Omarosa, a female, black former apprentice on his TV show often a part of his rallies.
On the other hand, if you are against Trump he’ll defame you, or sue you or whatever, until you submit.
Donald Trump is a ruthless liar who would have found a line of attack on Mother Teresa had she ever gotten in his way. For those Survivor fans, Trump is a rendition of Jonny Fairplay,(real name Jon Dalton) a contestant who faked the death of his grandmother as a way of gaining sympathy from the other contestants who disliked him.
Like Fairplay, Trump is willing to fake anything and defame anyone to come out on top. It is that aspect of the man that makes him particularly unfit to be the President of the United States.