Disdain for Donald Trump is a given. Considerably less definable – who those responsible for his meteoric rise in popularity might be. Daily media coverage peppered with Trump’s reckless brand of flippant arrogance, persist without thought or mention of citizens urging him on. Trump announced presidential aspirations with the slogan – “make America great again”. What crossed the minds of his boisterous supporters? Who are these people and why do they embrace “great” as a nation prescribed by Donald Trump? On January 23, 2016 Trump spoke to supporters in Sioux Center Iowa –
“They say I have the most loyal people — did you ever see that? — where I could stand in the middle of Fifth Avenue and shoot somebody, and I wouldn’t lose any voters,” Trump said, illustrating his point by pulling his fingers into a gun shape. “Okay? It’s like incredible.”
The crowd laughed and clapped, and someone in the audience shouted out love for the candidate.
“We love you, too, man,” Trump said.
I can’t be alone in pondering who loves Donald Trump. Clearly Trump supporters care little for healing America’s domestic woes. The concept of “great” eludes rabid Trumpsters bent on exclusion, racial divide, chest pounding exhibitions of military might, simplistic fantasies of global domination, asinine delusions of closed borders snuffing terrorism and gun toting citizens preventing violence.
The audacity of Trump flippantly mocking gun violence, sentiment applauded by a throng of “great” Americans. Trump supporters wouldn’t recognize greatness if it smacked them in the face. Why hasn’t media admonished Trumpsters for complicit involvement in undermining the fabric of American ideals? Why has media ignored implication of who these people are, and what they stand for? Why do we cluck and blither over Trump, nary a thought to scores of misguided “patriots” egging him on?