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This has been bugging me for weeks ... months, really.

In a perverse sort of way, I get Trumpism - that is the hateful xenophobic crap that he spouts where everyone who isn't a white male is to blame for all the ills of the world. I don't like it, but I get it.

But even if I bought into all that crap ...

Why would I believe The Donald when he says he can fix all that?

Why would I vote for a man whose sole field of expertise is in business, where he has a string (six, count them, six) of bankruptcies behind him?

What possible evidence is there that this person has the ability, the knowledge, the skills to achieve anything at all in life (given that he started his first business using Daddy's millions)?

That's what boggles me most.

It's not the hateful nature of his rhetoric. I absolutely understand who that's playing to.

It's the fact that people believe him when, without any demonstrable proof or evidence, he says he's the only one who can fix what they perceive to be wrong with their country.

That's what I don't get.

Can anyone explain it to me?

Date: 31/7/16 12:10 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] bodleian.livejournal.com
In a word - No.
I don't get it at all.

Date: 31/7/16 02:54 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] connorblond.livejournal.com
I think part of it is easy answers, it's so much more comfortable than actually doing complex thinking. Plus, parts of the American population ( I think, and thanks to the US educational system) are just plain stupid. And then there is Hillary, who I personally don't like at all, but I can see how she is a target just because she is female. But be that as it may, not many people love her. And the disappointed Bernie-supporters who seem to be just as stupid in (maybe) in the end getting Trump elected, just because they need to be stubborn.

Sigh.

We have those Trumps all over the world. And they seem to have supporters everywhere. It might just be humankind not being very bright, I guess.

Date: 31/7/16 08:17 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] mosieandbean.livejournal.com

Got me by the sneakers.

Date: 31/7/16 10:17 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] ta-wanda.livejournal.com
Maybe they know he really can't fix it. Maybe it's enough that someone is standing up in public saying what they believe and claiming to be on their side. (I can't even address the racism aspect, because I can't get my brain to that place to emphasize.) I do understand that it's easier for most to blame the people they can see rather than blame the real villains.

Though my beliefs are almost opposite of what Trump claims to stand for, that's what I felt when I heard Bernie Sanders. I had gradually become aware of the awful unfairness and corruption that has been ruining the US for decades. I realized that it's a dance where the Dems claim to work for the people, but when it comes to passing a law, they just can't beat those darn Repubs and one or two of them, just enough, vote for whatever destructive legislation will keep us hurting. It's an illusion of choice. It's now so obvious to me that the majority are bought and receive their payoff during elections or after they leave office. As a distraction, CorpMedia turned every issue into a circus, with no acknowledgement of who was actually calling the shots.

After I realized this, I felt the most awful sense of helplessness. I had never heard anyone in public say this. If anyone expressed anything like this, they were accused of believing a conspiracy theory. I never heard anyone admit that we'd been sold out. First E. Warren, then Bernie said it out loud. Then online, others began to agree. For the first time, I felt some hope because I wasn't alone. I supported Bernie because it felt good to take some kind of action. I never thought, and he never promised that he could make things right.

I abhor Trump's stand on almost every issue. But, like you, I can understand some of his appeal. Being acknowledged can be a powerful draw, even if it's obvious that change probably wont happen.

Date: 1/8/16 01:16 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] kitasangel.livejournal.com
Hillary has been vilified so much that even reasonable people buy into the idea that Trump is the only answer. Do I think anything will change after Hillary gets into office? That would be no. At this point the system is so broken all you get is gridlock. Unfortunately if Trump gets into office I fear for us all. He is a narcissistic psychopath. I also have family members that think Trump is the second coming. Believe me when I say that when I ask why they think he is the answer all I really get is Hillary bad.

Date: 2/8/16 12:00 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] audrey2419.livejournal.com
All I can say is with all of the good people out there Trump and Hilary are the best the parties can come up with? I have no intention of voting for either of them... I'm a Libertarian at heart, so both of them really really irritate me...

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