Dear Donald Trump Fan,
I’m going to tell you the truth, friend.
You say you want the truth. You say you want someone who speaks boldly and brashly and bluntly and “tells it like it is” and so on. According to exit polls in South Carolina, voters who want a president who “tells it like it is” are an essential demographic for Trump, just as they’re an essential demographic for Judge Judy and Dr. Phil. You say you want abrupt and matter-of-fact honesty, and you want it so much, you’ll make a man president for it regardless of whether he defies every principle and value you claim to hold.
Personally, I think you’re lying, and I’m going to test my theory. In fact, I believe I’ve already proven my theory because you’re now offended that I called you a liar. But Trump has called half of the Earth’s population a liar at some point over the past seven months, and you loved every second of it. You said you loved it not out of cruelty or spite, but out of admiration for a man who’swilling to call people liars — even if he’s lying when he does it.
Yet here I am employing the same tactic — accurately, I might add — and you recoil indignantly. Over the course of this campaign season I’ve said many harsh words about you and your leader, all of which I stand by, but you’ve never respected my harsh words, or the harsh words of any Trump critic. Indeed, you insist that our tough criticism of you only vindicates your support of Trump, while Trump’s vulgar and dishonest criticism of everyone else also vindicates your support of Trump. You’re tired of people being critical, but you love Trump because he’s critical. You say you like Trump for his style, but you hate his style when it’s directed at him or you.
You say you want someone who’s politically incorrect. You’re so desperate for political incorrectness — a supremely ridiculous reason to vote a guy into the Oval Office, but never mind — that your esteem for him only grows when he belittles the disabled, mocks American prisoners of war, calls women dogs, calls his opponents p*ssies, calls for the assassination of women and children, says he’d like to have sex with his daughter, brags about his adultery, etc.
You’re excited by the most vile statements and most cretinous behavior imaginable — not remotely deterred by any of it, no matter how many times he gloats over infidelity, curses his opponents, and publicly ogles his own children — because, you say, it’s politically incorrect. That is how unfathomably desperate you are for someone to come along and just say what’s on their mind, you claim. You’re so fed up with political correctness that you celebrate political incorrectness without distinguishing between the healthy sort and the “LOL I slept with married women and I’m not sorry” sort. It doesn’t matter if you don’t personally agree, you say, you just respect the hell out of someone who’s willing to shoot straight, even when ”shooting straight” means comparing Ben Carson to a child molester, calling the entire electorate of Iowa stupid, and referring to women as “pieces of ass.”
Trump won South Carolina on the support of Evangelical Christians who were so impressed with his alleged straight talk that they overlooked the fact that he’s a crass, cruel, unrepentant philanderer who says he does not need God’s forgiveness, and who praises Planned Parenthood as “wonderful” and his radically pro-abortion sister as a “phenomenal” candidate for the Supreme Court. That’s how much you pretend to admire bluntness in a man. So much that it overrides literally everything else.
By your logic, then, you should be filled with an immense and irresistible affection for me when I call Donald Trump a crooked, underhanded con artist and you a reckless, ignorant dupe. You should fall madly in love with me when I accuse Donald Trump of being a spoiled, overgrown brat and you of being a cultish groupie enamored with fame. You should well up with pride and salute me as I mention that Donald Trump is a stuffed, soiled diaper sagging in the pants of American politics and you’re the poor, pitiful sap trying to elect it president. You don’t have to agree, but man, isn’t it refreshing that I’m willing to tell you what’s on my mind? Shouldn’t you leave a thousand comments under this article praising me for being politically incorrect, willing to attack not only Donald Trump but his blue collar supporters? In fact, if you’re sincere in your alleged regard for the bold and audacious approach, I expect you’ll have launched a nationwide write-in campaign for me by tomorrow morning.
But that’s not how this works, is it? You’ve already melted into a boiling puddle of rage and self-pity, haven’t you? You’re incensed and offended that I could be so “judgmental” and “dismissive” and “critical,” and 100 other qualities you find so orgasmically satisfying when they’re displayed by The Great Trump. You say you want some straight-shooting, honest, politically incorrect tough talk, but that’s simply a lie. If it were true, my inbox would not be filled to capacity with cartoonishly shocked and outraged Trump fans every time I utter a word of criticism in his direction. It shouldn’t matter that my criticisms are sharp and severe; you ought to revere me all the more for it. I thought you were tired of people walking on egg shells?
It turns out you don’t want Donald Trump to walk on egg shells, but you have fortified your own perimeter with a thick layer of egg shells and you expect anyone who comes near it to tip toe with extreme caution. It turns out you want to be coddled and cuddled and pandered to and excused. You’re in favor of whatever Trump says because Trump said it, but when it comes to how people talk about you and him, you expect to be treated like a soft and delicate flower.
You flock eagerly to a flamboyant, authoritarian billionaire fascist, and you feel you ought to be completely insulated from criticism while you do so. Everyone else ought to be subject to relentless and profane invective from an elderly Manhattan real estate heir, but you and he should be above reproach.
Tell it like it is? I’ll tell you like it is: In my life I’ve never encountered a group of people more averse to being told how it is. Of course, you believe you’re entitled to this attitude because you’re “angry.” Your “anger” indulges you with the moral authority to take leave of your reason and your common sense. Your anger, you believe, places you beyond judgment, even as you attempt to drag this country into a future of (more) tyranny and cultism. You believe the rest of us ought to take your supposedly righteous rage into account while you refuse to take anything but your own infatuation with spectacle and celebrity into account. Whatever concerns we raise, including the ones I’m raising now, can be written off in an instant. “WE’RE TIRED OF POLITICS AS USUAL! WE’RE ANGRY!” And that’s supposed to be some kind of rhetorical hall pass, permitting you to do and say what you please unchallenged.
Well let me be the first and perhaps the only to say this out loud, although millions of people share this sentiment quietly: I don’t care about your anger. There’s some more truth for you, friend. There’s some more “tellin’ it like it is.” Two can play at this game, you know. And the only difference is that I’m right.
I couldn’t take your anger seriously even if I wanted to. After all, you say you’re angry that people are too afraid to speak their minds, but, as we’ve established, you don’t really want anyone but Donald Trump to speak his mind.
You say you’re angry about the corruption in Washington, but you support a slimy swindler andfraudster who boasts of his bribery schemes and makes no apologies for shamelessly exploiting political corruption for personal gain.
Love your rant Curt. I’ll even assume (some I know is, some I don’t) most of it is true. Not wearing any Trump hats or posting any yard signs. Don’t know how I could be called a “fan”.
Although, despite all that’s wrong with Trump, I still think he less of a vile snake than Ted or Marco. None of the others are really relevant to the discussion.
Yes, we again have to choose the lesser of evils.
Should be read by all F.A.Trumpeteers–
@Richard Wheeler: for laughs–jump in or correct
FA Trump supporters by fervor Nathan Blue-Petercat-MOS8541-Bill–Nanny G.–Enchanted–James Raider–Skooks–Ditto
Opposed–Word–Curt–Reto5–Brother Bob–Dr J.–David–Pete–Kitt–Tony Plank–George Wells–Greg-
Undeclared or Undecided—Randy–Another Vet–Vince–Common Sense–Artfldger–Aqua—Bruce Fauth-Budvarkbar–RedTeam
Semper Fi RW
I’m not sure what The Real Donald Trump is, other than an accomplished chameleon. I saw a brief video segment of him a while back in which he sounded thoughtful, insightful, and entirely reasonable. The histrionics that some find so appealing were turned down from a setting of 7 or 8 to a 1. It suddenly occurred to me that this will be the next Donald we’ll see, if he gets over the hurdle of winning the Republican nomination. Once he’s got that in the bag, he can make himself more presentable to the next audience he needs to win over: the broad spectrum of middle-of-the-road voters who do not consistently vote for either party.
I thought I knew what this guy’s talent and methodology were from the start, but until that moment I hadn’t recognized it being demonstrated so clearly. For better or for worse, this guy really could become the next president. He has the skill set required to be elected in a mass-media oriented society. Whether he has the wisdom to lead if he gets there is a separate question. However that may be, he doesn’t worry me as much as Ted Cruz. I’ve got Cruz sized up as an extremist.
@Greg: Did you see him trashing Cruz last night—I don’t believe he can tone it down for any meaningful period of time. This guy’s the classic narcissistic bully.
Wish he’d had the guts to join The Marines–saw some D. I.s that could have “worked with him”
@Richard Wheeler, #5:
He might be able to turn it on and off as the occasion demands. Right now, it seems to be what’s selling with his target audience.
Now that would been something to see. It probably would have made good material for a reality TV show.
@Greg: 50 % of Republicans can’t stand him–at least that percentage of indies 80-90% Dems.I don’t think he can change those numbers significantly
The problem of course is both Dem. candidates are DEEPLY flawed.
Re Cruz—no chance at nom–he’s getting well under 50% of his “base”—Evangelicals–needs at least 75% for any chance–Rubio last chance to stop Trump. Cruz must drop–can he win Texas?
@Richard Wheeler: Wrong assuming you meant undecided on Trump otherwise correct.
I guess him and Obama have something in common.
@another vet: You’ve seemed to be wavering from your original anti -Trump so I had you undeclared–What say you?
Obama prides on being cool—doesn’t have a mouth like Trump–definitely a narcissist.
@Richard Wheeler: #3
Wrong. Not fanatic about Trump. I just think he’d do a good job addressing the issues that the voters actually care about.
I’ve read everything that the man’s written, which gives me a good idea of who he is and what he believes. Despite what the soundbite puzzle masters say online, his books have been pretty consistent over the years. I like him.
I’ve also watched quite a few of Cruz’s performances in the Senate, which are much better for learning what kind of politician he would be than canned speeches and third party analysis. I like him, too.
The best ticket that I can visualize would be Trump-Cruz.
Eight years of a capable businessman doing his best to turn America around, followed by eight years of a capable politician, polishing off the sharp edges. Both of whom respect the Constitution. Yeah, that’s the ticket.
Let the “But they’re not perrrrfect! whining begin.
Don’t really care, as long as they’re good enough. And not Bernie Clinton.
@Richard Wheeler: #5
“Wish he’d had the guts to join The Marines–saw some D. I.s that could have “worked with him”
Not everyone who didn’t join the Marines did so from a lack of “guts”.
There are quite a few people who served in other branches who had more “guts” than the average Marine.
@Petercat: Trump Cruz ticket–have you been watching the loudmouth bash Cruz-never happen
Let’s change it to “had the guts to serve his country”–fixed
You can toss Mata into the anti-Trump camp as well.
It seems to me that based on Trump’s statements against Cruz, it is highly unlikely Cruz will be Trump’s pick for VP. Based on the DC cabal’s repeated characterization of Trump as more malleable than Cruz, as the GOP establishment uniting behind Rubio now that Bush dropped out, we are more likely to see a Trump-Rubio ticket. Not my preference at all, but when the alternative is the criminal Clinton or the marxist scum Sanders, how can I make the decision not to vote?
I don’t trust Trump. But I absolutely loathe the idea of either dem candidates.
@Richard Wheeler: #13
Serve the country. Good.
Trump-Cruz is possible. Trump has a history of hiring the best people that he can.
Which includes Cruz, despite their mismatched personalities, and excludes Rubio because of their mismatched policies..
@Wordsmith: Mata’s strong, intelligent voce of reason is badly missed..
How’s Aye Chi?
@Richard Wheeler: @Richard Wheeler:
I say you provide proof.
You seem very concerned about how everyone at FA is going to vote. When I was in grade school I asked my bus driver who he was going to vote for during the ’68 election- Nixon, Humphrey, or Wallace. His response was Snoopy. There you have my response. Snoopy in ’16.
If I was a Party loyalist such as you, I would focus my efforts at cleaning up your own party. The Republicans are in a state of turmoil but so are the Dems. Of the two people you have running, one committed over 1,600 security violations meaning she belongs in jail. The other is a 74 year old avowed socialist. There have been polls that have come out recently showing that a large percentage of the rank and file in your party have a favorable view of socialism. Jim Webb was a throwback to the earlier days of your party when they could be entrusted with our national security and who viewed economic progress as people making more money through higher paying jobs as opposed to adding 18 million to the food stamp rolls. Look how well he did in your party’s primaries. Also, do you think your idol JFK would have toured Europe apologizing for American arrogance after we lost hundreds of thousands of lives over there fighting their wars? Add to that the the DNC forcing HRC down everyone’s throat and they should be referred to as the un-Democratic Party or have the the word socialist in there somewhere.
@another vet: Slow down AV—I do not support HRC or Bernie.
When I was a kid you wouldn’t ask who people were voting for—their business.-so I don’t really care–just to provide discussion
Your points well taken—anything to do with support of Trump?
I know. You made that clear as I have with my feelings toward Trump. His 9/11 Truther comments were pretty much the icing on the cake. That puts him a notch away from Jesse Ventura and Rosie O’Donnell. Unless the field narrows down to one or two opponents and very quickly at that, he will defy all of our predictions and win the nomination. I actually support him on numerous issues such as him telling Hillary the other day that if elected he will have her prosecuted. The eventual Republican nominee needs to tell her the same.
The point of the response is that the Republican Party as broke as it is, is no more broke than the Dems. They have lurched way too far to the left. The only reason why socialism hasn’t collapsed under its own weight in Europe yet is because we provided their defense their for all of those years during the Cold War freeing them up to spend all that money on unsustainable welfare programs which is what the Party wants for us. How do you propose to claim it back?
And yes, Snoopy in ’16. : )