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Wed Oct 14, 2020, 09:23 AM

How can 42 percent of Americans still support the worst president in our history?

Opinion by Max Boot

I have some good news and some bad news. The good news: 52 percent of Americans support Joe Biden in the FiveThirtyEight poll average. The bad news: 42 percent support President Trump. Why isn’t Trump losing by a whole lot more? How is it possible that so many still back him despite everything that has gone wrong?

Trump is on track to be the first president since World War II to see a net loss of jobs during his term. Even worse, he has presided over the loss of 214,000 lives and counting from covid-19. That’s already nearly four times the U.S. fatalities in the Vietnam War, previously the nadir of presidential bungling. Even now, after having contracted covid-19 himself, Trump refuses to take the pandemic seriously. He keeps promising it will magically disappear of its own accord while holding rallies practically guaranteed to spread the disease.

As if that weren’t reason enough to vote for Biden, there is also the fact that Trump has abused his power; he was even impeached for doing so. He has trafficked in racism and xenophobia. He has incited violence. He has kowtowed to dictators and trashed our alliances. He has welcomed Russian attacks on our elections. He has locked children in cages. He has called for his opponents to be locked up. In sum, Trump has made a strong case that he is the worst president in our history.

Yet tens of millions of voters still support him. What are they thinking? I get that there are single-issue voters to whom Trump has a strong appeal — people who feel passionately about tax cuts, judges, abortion or Israel. There are also people for whom Trump’s boorishness, racism and xenophobia are not a turnoff but a selling point. (Studies show that appeals to prejudice were the most important factor in Trump’s 2016 victory.)

There are also, of course, many Trump voters who are convinced that he is the lesser evil, because Biden is supposedly plotting to turn the United States into a “large scale version of Venezuela,” even while suffering from “dementia.” They claim Biden is a “puppet” of the far left, even though he opposes Medicare-for-all, the Green New Deal, a ban on fracking, defunding the police, expanding the Supreme Court and other progressive ideas.

The very fact that so many are so willing to believe such balderdash about Biden — a lifelong centrist who remains far more articulate and coherent than Trump — is a worrisome sign of how cut off from rational, factual discourse so much of the country has become. Many voters are still supporting Trump because they’re living in a hermetically sealed disinformation bubble that is impermeable to reality.

https://www.washingtonpost.com/opinions/2020/10/13/how-can-42-percent-americans-still-support-worst-president-our-history/

Well, Max, you were a resident in that Republican disinformation bubble until Trump showed up. Glad you managed to finally see the light.

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Zorro Oct 14 OP
SheltieLover Oct 14 #1
Doodley Oct 14 #2
still_one Oct 14 #5
beachbumbob Oct 14 #3
marie999 Oct 14 #4
Doodley Oct 14 #8
AmyStrange Oct 14 #6
appalachiablue Oct 14 #7
Yo_Mama_Been_Loggin Oct 14 #9
Aristus Oct 15 #10

Response to Zorro (Original post)

Wed Oct 14, 2020, 09:25 AM

1. International disgrace!



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Response to Zorro (Original post)

Wed Oct 14, 2020, 09:28 AM

2. Bigotry is what drives most Trump supporters. There's a reason why the most bigoted GOP candidate

won the nomination and there's a reason why people voted for him and still approve of him. He's a bigot and they like what they see.

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Response to Doodley (Reply #2)

Wed Oct 14, 2020, 09:46 AM

5. +++

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Response to Zorro (Original post)

Wed Oct 14, 2020, 09:31 AM

3. how did Hitler have total support of the German people?

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Response to beachbumbob (Reply #3)

Wed Oct 14, 2020, 09:42 AM

4. The big difference is Hitler took over while Germany was suffering from a great depression

while trump took over during an economic boon.

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Response to beachbumbob (Reply #3)

Wed Oct 14, 2020, 01:22 PM

8. Hitler never had full support. His best election result was 36.8% This should be a warning to us all

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Response to Zorro (Original post)

Wed Oct 14, 2020, 11:30 AM

6. Because 42% of Americans are either racist or...

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they have NO ability (or don't want) to critically analyze their beliefs.

In other words, 42% of Americans are stupid idiots.
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Response to Zorro (Original post)

Wed Oct 14, 2020, 11:52 AM

7. How? 30 Years of Infotainment, RW Propaganda Fox News,

prolific Hate Radio across America, all supported by billionaire, right wing media giant Rupert Murdoch and many ultra conservative think tanks. Add in the loss of teaching civics in American schools for decades.

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Response to Zorro (Original post)

Wed Oct 14, 2020, 01:57 PM

9. Well said

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Response to Zorro (Original post)

Thu Oct 15, 2020, 10:01 AM

10. By being the worst Americans in our history.

Even, or maybe especially, horrible, vile evil people crave validation. Trump gives it to them. They don't want to lose that. They don't want to lose their tawdry, cheap jewelry god...

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