Promising abstinence, vowing to resist ponders of Donald Trump – came to a grinding halt with release of a Public Policy Poll. It’s one thing to characterize loose generalizations of citizens behind Trump, to shudder and cluck, convinced he”ll go away because surely people aren’t that stupid. Quite another to digest the mindset of Trump support when faced with cold hard facts.
I use the term “fact” lightly, cognoscente of poll inaccuracies, partisan manipulation and respondents. That said, results of Public Policy’s South Carolina Poll released February 16, strike me as bang on.
South Carolina Republicans, name any demographic from evangelicals, non- evangelicals, men, women, seniors, young voters, “somewhat” to “very” conservative – consistently support Trump with a 40% share, compared to Cruz at 20%, 16% for Rubio. No surprise – South Carolina supports Trump – but who are these supporters?
A whopping 70% believe the Confederate flag should fly at the state capital. 38% wish the South had won the Civil War (24% are content with the North, 38% “aren’t sure”). Across all Republican voters, 36% are happy with the North’s victory, 30% pine for the South, yet only Trump supporters “wish” the South had won.
By an 80/9 spread, voters support Trump’s proposed ban on Muslims entering the country.Toss in 62/23 support among Trumpsters to create a national Muslim database, and 40/36 support for closing all mosques in America. 33% of citizens for Trump believe the practice of Islam should be illegal. Not pig headed enough – 31% support a ban on homosexuals entering America.
More disturbing than contemplation of black and white statistics, is the realization – it was Donald Trump who lanced America’s festering boil. Lessor nincompoops tried – battalions of righteous evangelicals, robotic politicians bought and paid without a shred of consideration for common goals, fear mongering media propagandists dishing misinformation and hysteria, self serving corporate sycophants, manipulative think tanks – all they could do was set the stage.
Until the moment Donald Trump’s grotesque emergence struck a twisted chord, sane America held its own. Hollywood couldn’t have scripted it better. A plot twist of exquisite simplicity – overnight a rich celebrity buffoon machetes his path to glory. A man of indifference, ignorance, exclusion and hubris. Unconcerned with matters of propriety, correctness, common decency or fact – like minded Americans exhaled a collective breath. Palpable tension released, Trump managed to vindicate millions of muzzled “patriots”. Thank this ignoramus for setting America back, decades of progress lost in one fell swoop.