Why do liberals think Trump supporters are stupid?

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Opinion: Adam Troy Castro
October 2018

"Why do liberals think Trump supporters are stupid?" The serious answer.

Sigh; we do sometimes fall into that rhetorical trap, out of frustration, but if we were to be 100% honest with you we would admit that we find quite a few people on our own side stupid as well, mostly people who have boiled all the complicated issues into slogans and really don't comprehend what they're saying. I think you guys probably look at the dumber of your compatriots and think, "Jesus, this guy's barely rubbing his brain cells together, but at least he can wave a sign."
No, this is what we really think about Trump supporters, the rich, the poor, the malignant and the innocently well-meaning, the ones who think and the ones who don't.
That when you saw a man who had owned a fraudulent University, intent on scamming poor people, you thought "Fine."
That when you saw a man who had made it his business practice to stiff his creditors, you said, "Okay."
That when you heard him proudly brag about his own history of sexual abuse, you said, "No problem."
That when he made up stories about seeing Muslim-Americans in the thousands cheering the destruction of the World Trade Center, you said, "Not an issue."
That when you saw him brag that he could shoot a man on Fifth Avenue and you wouldn't care, you chirped, "He sure knows me."
That when you heard him illustrate his own character by telling that cute story about the elderly guest bleeding on the floor at his country club, the story about how he turned his back and how it was all an imposition on him, you said, "That's cool!"
That when you saw him mock the disabled, you thought it was the funniest thing you ever saw.
That when you heard him brag that he doesn't read books, you said, "Well, who has time?"
That when the Central Park Five were compensated as innocent men convicted of a crime they didn't commit, and he angrily said that they should still be in prison, you said, "That makes sense."
That when you heard him tell his supporters to beat up protesters and that he would hire attorneys, you thought, "Yes!"
That when you heard him tell one rally to confiscate a man's coat before throwing him out into the freezing cold, you said, "What a great guy!"
That you have watched the parade of neo-Nazis and white supremacists with whom he curries favor, while refusing to condemn outright Nazis, and you have said, "Thumbs up!"
That you hear him unable to talk to foreign dignitaries without insulting their countries and demanding that they praise his electoral win, you said, "That's the way I want my President to be."
That you have watched him remove expertise from all layers of government in favor of people who make money off of eliminating protections in the industries they're supposed to be regulating and you have said, "What a genius!"
That you have heard him continue to profit from his businesses, in part by leveraging his position as President, to the point of overcharging the Secret Service for space in the properties he owns, and you have said, "That's smart!"
That you have heard him say that it was difficult to help Puerto Rico because it was the middle of water and you have said, "That makes sense."
That you have seen him start fights with every country from Canada to New Zealand while praising Russia and quote, "falling in love" with the dictator of North Korea, and you have said, "That's statesmanship!"
That you have witnessed all the thousand and one other manifestations of corruption and low moral character and outright animalistic rudeness and contempt for you, the working American voter, and you still show up grinning and wearing your MAGA hats and threatening to beat up anybody who says otherwise.
What you don't get, Trump supporters in 2018, is that succumbing to frustration and thinking of you as stupid may be wrong and unhelpful, but it's also...hear me...charitable.
Because if you're NOT stupid, we must turn to other explanations, and most of them are *less* flattering.



 
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#2
Opinion: Adam Troy Castro
October 2018

"Why do liberals think Trump supporters are stupid?" The serious answer.

Sigh; we do sometimes fall into that rhetorical trap, out of frustration, but if we were to be 100% honest with you we would admit that we find quite a few people on our own side stupid as well, mostly people who have boiled all the complicated issues into slogans and really don't comprehend what they're saying. I think you guys probably look at the dumber of your compatriots and think, "Jesus, this guy's barely rubbing his brain cells together, but at least he can wave a sign."
No, this is what we really think about Trump supporters, the rich, the poor, the malignant and the innocently well-meaning, the ones who think and the ones who don't.
That when you saw a man who had owned a fraudulent University, intent on scamming poor people, you thought "Fine."
That when you saw a man who had made it his business practice to stiff his creditors, you said, "Okay."
That when you heard him proudly brag about his own history of sexual abuse, you said, "No problem."
That when he made up stories about seeing Muslim-Americans in the thousands cheering the destruction of the World Trade Center, you said, "Not an issue."
That when you saw him brag that he could shoot a man on Fifth Avenue and you wouldn't care, you chirped, "He sure knows me."
That when you heard him illustrate his own character by telling that cute story about the elderly guest bleeding on the floor at his country club, the story about how he turned his back and how it was all an imposition on him, you said, "That's cool!"
That when you saw him mock the disabled, you thought it was the funniest thing you ever saw.
That when you heard him brag that he doesn't read books, you said, "Well, who has time?"
That when the Central Park Five were compensated as innocent men convicted of a crime they didn't commit, and he angrily said that they should still be in prison, you said, "That makes sense."
That when you heard him tell his supporters to beat up protesters and that he would hire attorneys, you thought, "Yes!"
That when you heard him tell one rally to confiscate a man's coat before throwing him out into the freezing cold, you said, "What a great guy!"
That you have watched the parade of neo-Nazis and white supremacists with whom he curries favor, while refusing to condemn outright Nazis, and you have said, "Thumbs up!"
That you hear him unable to talk to foreign dignitaries without insulting their countries and demanding that they praise his electoral win, you said, "That's the way I want my President to be."
That you have watched him remove expertise from all layers of government in favor of people who make money off of eliminating protections in the industries they're supposed to be regulating and you have said, "What a genius!"
That you have heard him continue to profit from his businesses, in part by leveraging his position as President, to the point of overcharging the Secret Service for space in the properties he owns, and you have said, "That's smart!"
That you have heard him say that it was difficult to help Puerto Rico because it was the middle of water and you have said, "That makes sense."
That you have seen him start fights with every country from Canada to New Zealand while praising Russia and quote, "falling in love" with the dictator of North Korea, and you have said, "That's statesmanship!"
That you have witnessed all the thousand and one other manifestations of corruption and low moral character and outright animalistic rudeness and contempt for you, the working American voter, and you still show up grinning and wearing your MAGA hats and threatening to beat up anybody who says otherwise.
What you don't get, Trump supporters in 2018, is that succumbing to frustration and thinking of you as stupid may be wrong and unhelpful, but it's also...hear me...charitable.
Because if you're NOT stupid, we must turn to other explanations, and most of them are *less* flattering.
The short answer to your question, is yes.

At first, I thought they were just ignorant. But ignorance is based on the fact that you don't know.

Stupid is when you do know, but do it anyway.

Looks like Forrest Gump was right. Stupid is, as stupid does.
 
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The short answer to your question, is yes.

At first, I thought they were just ignorant. But ignorance is based on the fact that you don't know.

Stupid is when you do know, but do it anyway.

Looks like Forrest Gump was right. Stupid is, as stupid does.
Yep, you nailed it. I could forgive people for voting for Trump in 2016. I get it. But anyone who still supports him is just plain stupid.
 
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There's an effective way to discuss the problems with the Trump administration and how his most adamant supporters seem to turn a blind eye to the abnormal behavior.
This is not one of those ways.
 
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There's an effective way to discuss the problems with the Trump administration and how his most adamant supporters seem to turn a blind eye to the abnormal behavior.
This is not one of those ways.
Then explain it. The only other explanation I can see is that he gives bigots what they want. He certainly isn't helping the middle class or the little guy.

We've tried the rational approach, many people here have. It doesn't work. So please, tell us the secret.
 
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Then explain it. The only other explanation I can see is that he gives bigots what they want. He certainly isn't helping the middle class or the little guy.
Let's say I thought the sky was red and you thought the sky was blue. Do you think an effective method of convincing me is to ask "Are you stupid?"
 
Dec 2015
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There's an effective way to discuss the problems with the Trump administration and how his most adamant supporters seem to turn a blind eye to the abnormal behavior.
This is not one of those ways.

UDub, you have been on DTT how long? since December??--one month?? For ONE MONTH you have read/absorbed/swallowed a teaspoon from the Trump trash.
Don't you think DTT members have attempted to "discuss the problems with the Trump administration"? Don't you think DTT members have presented facts, statistics, data, quotes, history, video, audio & logic? This started at least 3 years ago.
THREE YEARS! Do you GET that? For THREE years or MORE we have had these "discussions".
We have debated calmly. We have discussed congenially. We have joked and cajoled. We have sparred and verbally jousted. We've played political chess, with well-thought-out moves.
Many of us were willing to give Trump a chance. Some thought his advisors would guide him--that Trump would listen--that Trump would become presidential, diplomatic, articulate and cautious. I personally thought "he can't be as bad as they say". Guess what? HE IS. HE WAS. In fact, he is worse than most of us imagined and NOW you want us to approach the problem how?
When you say "this is not one of those ways"....exactly WHAT ways are LEFT? What new strategy should we use? What would work? Please advise us. Obviously, we have overlooked some important detail.
 
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Really? Every single one of the items listed above actually happened, and you call them 'hyperbole'?

Hyperbole is a form of speech that uses extreme exaggeration. None of those items were exaggerated. Unless of course you bought into the Trump 'fake news' bullshit!
Nope. In the context of the article thise those things are most definitely exaggerated w/ the intention of making a disingenuous point. IMO that is text book hyperbole


Let's just take the first one as a point of reference

That when you saw a man who had owned a fraudulent University, intent on scamming poor people

Do you think that is honestly what happened?
 
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