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Ideological purity run amok

January 21, 2019

Another reference to Quora.

The question I answered was:

“Are there any intelligent and/or highly educated people who support Donald Trump?”

My answer?

“Though I voted, I did not vote for Donald Trump. That said, I know several intelligent and well-educated people who did vote for him, though they did not (and do not) like him and he was not their first choice. The answer to your question, then, is “yes.” “

I’m pretty sure I have made the point in the past that I’m not a fan of President Trump. That’s okay. There are a lot of politicians and (former) presidents of whom I am not a fan. What amazed me were some of the responses to my fairly innocuous answer. Note that none of them really attacked me. Among them we find

“That is the most frustrating thing behind the tRump cult: How so many otherwise intelligent people cannot see that he is a petulant child.”

“I know some highly educated and intelligent people who voted for him, like him, and support him. I find this fact somehow negates my opinion of their intelligence, and certainly changes my opinion of their moral compass as regards how our government (i.e. Trump) should conduct itself on the world stage and towards human beings.”

“… I question any person who still supports Trump now, and suspect that they might be deficient either in a moral or intellectual capacity. Or both.” (This was the end of what I considered an otherwise reasonable response.)

“Yes, I’m almost positive that about 1% of Trump supporters are very rich intelligent well educated that are big time liars just like Trump that only care about themselves and their money, and are just playing all the other Trump supporters for the fools that they are.”

“There’re “intelligent and highly educated “ people with no common sense. I bet those might have voted trump.”

Those are a fairly decent example. There were some respondents who indicated their support for Donald Trump, but they aren’t germane to this post.

Look, Donald Trump received 62,984,825 votes (about 46.4% of the votes cast for president) according to CNN. According to an article in the Washington Post, there were about 232,000,000 people eligible to vote in the 2016 election, but only about 132,000,000 did so. This means, if we take the above responses to heart, that there are people who truly believe that 46.4% of those who voted are lacking in education, intelligence and character. If we limit such intellectual and moral deficiency to only those who voted for him, and assume that of the 100,000,000 or so eligible voters who did not vote that there are none who in any way support him, we are still left with about 20% of the population.

Really? 20% of the population?

Give me a break.

I’m curious. If you are truly convinced that the people who voted for and support Donald Trump as president are intellectually and morally deficient, how do you expect them to respond if you continue to remind them of your opinion? Is it your belief that their various deficiencies will somehow be cured by your words? If that fails to work, what would you recommend, re-education, perhaps?

My take: If people who have such a visceral dislike for the current occupant of the Oval Office do not stop, they will very likely go a long way to ensure his reelection. I’m sure I can’t imagine the form the “weeping, wailing and gnashing of teeth” will take, then.

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  1. OldNFO permalink

    He was the better of the two bad choices. And the left’s continued hissy fit is pretty much ensuring he will be re-elected…

    • Although I happen to have voted for a pot smoking former Governor from New Mexico, I tell people that Donald Trump was the worst of the two major party candidates…except for the other one. I tend to agree with you about what will contribute to his likely reelection. While he could of course, still lose, my impression is that many people on the Left, perhaps even most of them, still do not understand why he won.

  2. Susan permalink

    It is obvious from the poll movement that when Trump screws up then lies to cover, like after he locked up 12000 kids at border then blames Obama, that low info voters just believe him and move on. The lack of truth denies them the proper choices IMO.

    • Allow me to suggest that when one asserts that something is “obvious” and that continuing support can be attributed to “low info voters,” that is an example of the very thing I attempted to address. It was true when people made that assertion regarding supporters of Barack Obama. It was true when people made that assertion regarding supporters of George W. Bush. I see no reason to suggest it is less true, now, when the assertion is made regarding supporters of Donald Trump.

      My observation: People, all people, choose what they believe. Sometimes, we base what we believe on facts, independent of what we might want to believe or what we already believe. Most of the time, though, the information we encounter, including the objectively true facts, get filtered through our experience (including what we already believe) and the various cultures and subcultures of which we are a part.

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