The Great Hippo wrote:I'm less willing to start over with Trump supporters. I want to know how they justify voting for a man who's said the things he's said, and expressed the values he's expressed. Did a lot of them just not believe it? Did they think he was just lying? Are these values that they themselves hold? If someone supports Trump, I want to know how you got passed the hurdle of voting for a man who expressed his intent to target the families of terrorists -- probably committed multiple accounts of sexual assault -- thought it was okay to peek in on naked teenage girls (some of whom were underage, btw) -- committed multiple affairs -- ruined countless businesses, stiffed contractors, described Mexican immigrants as "rapists"...
I can talk to a few of them this weekend, because apparently I'm the only one in my family that didn't vote for T-Rump. Personal info ahead regarding my family's support for the bastard.
1) There is a view that The Affordable Care Act has been the dismantling of American medicine. Most of my family is medical, myself included (sort of), though I disagree that the ACA was a net bad for the country, but I'm biased because the ACA stands for "Actuarial Careers Act".
2) There's a belief that the Democrats crippled the American economy. This is partly true, but it's nuanced and apparently they forgot just how much money Iraq cost us.
3) There's literal denial when it comes to climate change, or at least that organic fuel use is responsible. (I sometimes call fossil fuels "organic", because I view the hippies' anti-GMO view as almost as great a threat to the climate as the carbon denialists are)
4) They think T-Rump is a terrible person, yes, but think he's going to do better than Hillary. What he said and did are "minor" compared to how he runs the country. So it's sort of like having a fire department with an arsonist that puts out far more fires than he starts.
5) Varying levels of racism. Yes, my family does have bits of racism as the result of personal experiences. I like to think I'm immune, but obviously I'm not. And I have sympathy for my mother for it, because she used to get beat up in the hallways by black kids in the 1960's while the principal refused to do anything because it was easier to ignore and deny it than deal with it, so I understand where her views come from. Sister was robbed twice in her life and was (mildy) sexually assaulted last year, all by black guys. Father's not racist, is friends with Pakistanis and other "scary brown people" that are his coworkers, but he voted for T-Rump.
6) They view Obama's foreign policies as being utter disasters, which Syria and Libya undeniably are, and Hillary was the living embodiment of that foreign policy.