By the numbers: Trump Supporters Are Assholes

21-sarah-palin-donald-trump.w529.h352NYT –  “Measuring Donald Trump’s Supporters For Intolerance: Exit poll data from the South Carolina primary revealed that nearly half the Republicans who turned out on Saturday wanted undocumented immigrants to be deported immediately. Donald J Trump won 47% of those voters.”

No pause to say good-bye to family, arrange your affairs, or try to keep your kid in school; just GO. Nevermind the economic hit, ignore the crops rotting in the fields, and hand wave the animosity such an ejection would stir.

74% of his supporters want to ban Muslim immigrants. It doesn’t matter what you’re fleeing, or what skills you bring. The current two year vetting period is insufficient. One of them might be a terrorist. Only homegrown, McDonald’s apple pie eating white guys deserve a chance to shoot up our schools.

They want a database of Muslims already in America. Most want to shut down mosques, an attitude not shared by the majority of any other candidate. A full third think the entire religion of Islam should be illegal.

“I love the poorly educated!” he yelled to the crowd last night.

How does he get away with this?

A full third of his polled fans in South Carolina want gays barred from entering the US, a sentiment two to five times stronger than supporters of the other Republican candidates. An overlapping third thought Japanese internment during WW2 was a stellar idea. They are the most generally racist demographic on questions of white superiority and flying the confederate flag. 38% wish the South had won the Civil War. 20% said it was wrong to free the slaves.

It’s time to stop laughing at Trump and start challenging the bigotry of his speeches and his supporters. One hesitates to “Godwin the thread” but his rhetoric really does bring to mind the US newspaper articles from the 1920’s remarking how vitriolic Hitler’s attitudes were, but surely moderate Europeans would contain such extremism.

 

Maybe we’ve gotten cozy under Obama. We elected a black man, look at us, so modern, so civilized, so post-race. But eight scant years ago we were under Bush-Cheney. Stop a moment to shudder about that. Barack’s message of Hope and Change really did brighten America’s outlook and its relationships with the world. That world hasn’t gotten any simpler, and we cannot afford to regress as a nation, not now, not ever.

The devil’s at the door, behind millions of fanatical henchman. Don’t just unfriend these goons. Take them to task over their attitudes and their goals. America’s future once again hangs by a delicate thread, and its up to us, the citizens, to push the narrative toward justice and peace.

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  • Yes, fascism is the consequence of poor governance by the left. One reaps what one sows. I posted this above, and I will repeat it.

    Like many others, my preference is for Bernie Sanders. Then Donald Trump, and finally ABC – Anyone But Clinton.

    Another Democratic president in the mold of Bill Clinton (NAFTA, Repeal of Glass Stegal, etc)
    or Barack Obama (Lack of Medicare for all, TPP, and Continuous war) or Hilary Clinton (Invasion of Lybia with no clear strategy or Syria where the only question can be WTF were you thinking) IS COMPLETELY UNACCEPTABLE.

  • You would choose Trump over Clinton? Get real, Synoia. Your loathing for Clinton is pathological if you’d let someone like Trump, the laughing stock of the world, run your country.

    • Sadly, I’m forced to agree with synoia. It is not hate for Hillary but it is hate of misgovernance by people who sell themselves as liberals while forwarding the neocon and Wall Street agendas which lead allows the country to continually slide downwards in every facet. By moving the window to the right they allow the right to continually move further into out and out fascism. This slide is terminal. I know where Hillary is taking us and it as bad a place as bill and George and Barack have taken us. As ugly as Donald is there is at least some small sliver of hope that the American people might be grossed out by him enough to start looking for real solutions. This is admittedly a very very slim and dangerous reed. But we are terribly out of whack and Hillary is just one more in a line of losers. Desperate times call for desperate measures.

  •   If nothing else, Trump has brought front-and-center the dysfunctional state of the American Political Establishment. The spirit of the late Joe Bageant must be roaring with laughter – and pouring himself a double shot of bourbon. I think I’ll join him in the latter, although I haven’t the heart for the former.

      I suspect the GOP elite are deathly afraid of Ted Cruz, as anyone in their right mind should be. I think they figured Trump would destroy Cruz, and would then be easy to take down and replace with someone more suitable. Rubio? Kasich? Bush? That plan doesn’t seem to be going too well – first because Cruz is a solid #2, stands to inherit much of Trump’s support and is well financed and a smart politician. Second, taking down Trump will not be as easy as they thought.

      It does occur to me that if the Establishment wanted to stomp on Donald, they could quit giving him air-time. There is no law that requires Trump participate in the debates, no rule that says the media has to report on his activity. The media is certainly quiet on many issues the elite don’t want the public to pay attention to. And given the money available, if David & Charles wanted to silence Donald, they could bribe or buy Faux Noose and MSNBC and simply isolate Trump, put him in a bubble. The RNC could exert more control (assuming they aren’t), maybe expel him from the GOP?. Without his daily ranting, many of his fans would lose interest and turn elsewhere. Maybe the reason it hasn’t happened is because the GOP elite hasn’t decided who they want?

      If you grew up like me, you drove old clunkers you had to fix yourself because you couldn’t afford a real mechanic. Sometimes you’d be tooling down the road and hear a new noise. “Damn! That doesn’t sound good!” You knew the car was on its last legs and something unpleasant and possibly terminal was about to happen. I’m hearing something similar these days when I listen to political discourse.

      Maybe the world ends with neither a bang nor a whimper, but with bellowing bigotry and arrogance. America has always been an experiment and all experiments teach us something, even the experiments that fail. This may be a very bitter lesson.

    • Donald has a proxy for that – Caitlyn Jenner.

      Jim (Stonekettle Station) Wright’s view of The Trump. “Every day Trump solidified his grip on power, sometimes more than once.”

  • Here’s one now:

    Donald Trump gets his first Senate endorsement — from Sen. Jeff Sessions

    Vox, By Dara Lind, February 28

    Sen. Jeff Sessions of Alabama, [the] Senate’s leading immigration opponent, endorsed Donald Trump today onstage during a rally in Alabama.

    Sessions is the first senator to endorse Trump. Along with the endorsements of Govs. Chris Christie of New Jersey and Paul LePage of Maine on Friday, and of former Arizona Gov. Jan Brewer on Saturday, it’s another sign that many in the Republican Party are beginning to accept that Trump will likely be their nominee.

    But Sessions’ endorsement of Trump also makes a great deal of sense. Trump is, in many ways, building on Sessions’ intellectual framework.

    […]

    Sessions has actually been an adviser to Trump on immigration for most of his campaign. Trump’s immigration platform — which called to deport all unauthorized immigrants from the US along with their US-born children, and took a hard line against future legal immigration as well — owes quite a bit to Sessions.


    Breitbart coverage:

    Game Change: Jeff Sessions Endorses Trump from Stage in Alabama; Stunning Event Unites Populist, Nationalist Movement

    Breitbart, By Matthew Boyle, February 28

    Madison, AL — 2016 GOP presidential frontrunner billionaire Donald Trump picked up the most significant endorsement any presidential candidate in the GOP can get here on Sunday: Sen. Jeff Sessions (R-AL)

    Sessions, the intellectual leader of the future of the conservative movement, has provided the brainpower behind the populist nationalist revolt against political elites that’s been emerging since at least 2013.

    At a warm and windy rally here with thousands present in a packed football stadium just outside Huntsville, Sessions appeared on stage with Trump to back him for president. Sessions’ endorsement provides Trump with even more legitimacy as Trump’s two remaining serious opponents—Sens. Sen. Marco Rubio (R-FL) and Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) — attempt to undermine him in a desperate bid by the donor class to regain control of the party from populists revolting in elections around the country. Sessions backing Trump is a significant blow to both Rubio and Cruz, as now the powerful Alabamian will be putting his entire operation all in behind Trump.

    Sessions’ backing is the latest and highest-profile in a string of significant endorsements for Trump’s rebel campaign. New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie, after dropping out of the race himself despite landing significant blows on Rubio in the final debate before New Hampshire’s primaries, backed Trump this week, as did Maine Gov. Paul LePage and former Arizona Gov. Jan Brewer, as well as Reps. Rep. Duncan Hunter (R-CA) and Rep. Chris Collins (R-NY).

    • Trump is just taking advantage of a situation the media created well before today.

      The far more grievous crime is what the media have been doing to our politics for decades now – something for which Trump just happens to be the chief beneficiary.

    • Links!

      Vox: The rise of American authoritarianism

      The first thing that jumped out from the data on authoritarians is just how many there are. Our results found that 44 percent of white respondents nationwide scored as “high” or “very high” authoritarians, with 19 percent as “very high.” That’s actually not unusual, and lines up with previous national surveys that found that the authoritarian disposition is far from rare.

      […]

      There are a variety of political and media incentives for why this happens. But the point is that, as a result, Republican voters have been continually exposed to messages warning of physical dangers. As the perception of physical threat has risen, this fear appears to have led a number of non-authoritarians to vote like authoritarians — to support Trump.

      An irony of this primary is that the Republican establishment has tried to stop Trump by, among other things, co-opting his message. But when establishment candidates such as Marco Rubio try to match Trump’s rhetoric on ISIS or on American Muslims, they may end up deepening the fear that can only lead voters back to Trump.

      Chris Hedges: The Revenge of the Lower Classes and the Rise of American Fascism

      The Republicans, energized by America’s reality-star version of Il Duce, Donald Trump, have been pulling in voters, especially new voters, while the Democrats are well below the voter turnouts for 2008. In the voting Tuesday, 5.6 million votes were cast for the Democrats while 8.3 million went to the Republicans. Those numbers were virtually reversed in 2008—8.2 million for the Democrats and about 5 million for the Republicans.

      […]

      There is only one way left to blunt the yearning for fascism coalescing around Trump. It is to build, as fast as possible, movements or parties that declare war on corporate power, engage in sustained acts of civil disobedience and seek to reintegrate the disenfranchised—the “losers”—back into the economy and political life of the country. […] …Trump may disappear, but the fascist sentiments will expand. Another Trump, perhaps more vile, will be vomited up from the bowels of the decayed political system. We are fighting for our political life. Tremendous damage has been done by corporate power and the college-educated elites to our capitalist democracy. The longer the elites, who oversaw this disemboweling of the country on behalf of corporations—who believe, as does CBS Chief Executive Officer Leslie Moonves, that however bad Trump would be for America he would at least be good for corporate profit—remain in charge, the worse it is going to get.

      Ian Welsh: Stopping Donald Trump at the Convention

      This has been brewing for a long time. I’ve warned since I started blogging that the US had set up the conditions for a hard man of the right or left, or a man on horseback. People wouldn’t put up with a shit economy forever. And because the right is stronger in the US, it seems likely to be Trump instead of Bernie.

      Black Agenda Report: Trash the Party: One Wing of the Duoploy Almost Down, One to Go

      That’s why, in the near term, the split in the GOP will result in a more pronounced attempt by the Democratic Party leadership to shift to the right, which is their intention in all seasons.

  • The New Civil Rights Movement: ’60s Video of Blacks Being Beaten at Lunch Counters With ‘Narration’ From Trump Speeches Goes Viral

    Mother Jones, a liberal news publication, about 12 hours ago posted a truly disturbing yet incredibly important video, and it’s gone viral. As of this writing it has over 2.5 million views. The video is a compilation of footage of 1960’s North Carolina and Mississippi lunch counter sit ins by African-Americans fighting for civil rights – and being harassed and beaten for it – along with a segregation protest in Alabama, and the beating of Freedom Rider Jim Peck.


    Politico Magazine: LBJ’s Ad Men: Here’s How Clinton Can Beat Trump

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