I want to repeat something about this upcoming election I feel is being overlooked: EVERY Republican will once again vote for Trump in 2020.
There's this feeling with groups like the Lincoln Project, and voices like Governor Kasich, a large portion of the Republican Party is ready to abandon Trump and vote for Joe Biden in 2020. I've no doubt a few will. A few. Some might vote straight Republican ticket and just leave the Presidential race empty, but those handful will be the exception not the rule.
Back after Trump won in 2016, I made the comment 'there were three groups of people who voted for Trump:
1) The Wealthy,
2) The Racists,
and 3) The Idiots.'
I stand by this assessment. As a matter of fact, I'm more convinced of this being the truth today.
The Wealthy are easy to understand. It seems every few months Trump and the Republicans pull a Brinks truck up to the wealthy people's front door, open it up, proceed to shovel a few million dollars in taxpayer money into their house, tip their cap and promise to be back in a dozen weeks. The Right obscenely rewards wealthy people just because they're wealthy. They do so to ensure they get campaign donations while they run for office, and the cushy lobbying gig when they decide to return to the private sector. It's a vicious cycle of economic malfeasance.
The Racists are easy to understand. These people used to scatter when the lights showed their racist ways, but Trump embraced them. 'Hey little racist cockroaches! There's no more need to scramble for the darkness with me in charge. As a matter fo fact, I'll validate your ignorance and hatred like no politician has done in 60 years!' Trump has made bigotry a political point of view, and for that, the Racists will ALWAYS love him.
Then there are the Idiots. I've taken a lot of grief from Democrats who feel my labeling these people Idiots is out of line; Exhibit A for why Trump voters embraced Trump. I'm not calling Trump voters Idiots because they're rural, Christian, pro-gun or even against abortion. This isn't Democratic arrogance screaming 'Idiots.' I'm calling Trump voters Idiots for the same reason Trump himself thinks they're Idiots. Trump voters are EASILY manipulated.
To understand the Idiot Trump voter, you have to understand their one true guiding principle; the only thing that matters to them. The primary goal of Republicans today is emotionally hurting Democrats and Progressives by rubbing Trump's victory, as well as his dangerous and incompetent policies, in their faces, otherwise known as "Owning the Libs."
This one Republican Principle to Rule them All is the product of 25 years of Republicans turning off the real news and only focusing on opinion validation. You could see this cab coming when they all downplayed W. Bush's unjustified Iraq War (4,487 dead US Soldiers) as "sour grapes," or a "nothing burger." But when four people died at Benghazi, Republicans voters instead THAT was the greatest injustice of all time. When I confronted Republican callers to my radio show about those numbers, they immediately insisted the Iraq War numbers were far less than actually reported (!), and the ONLY thing that mattered were the four dead Americans at Benghazi.
Trump saw this Republican need for option validation as an opportunity. As a manipulator and a showman he was able to hide his complete lack of credentials for the job by offering Republican voters the buffet of their dreams. "You were always right! Democrats and Liberals were always wrong! I will insult them and demean them to their faces, while you cackle and chortle with approval. And we'll force them to accept our victories by jamming it down their throats while tears stream down their faces. I am here to validate you!"
Seriously, THIS is the guiding beacon for Republicans today. It's such an aggressive desire to hurt the Left they've gotten to the point where nothing matters to them outside of the suffering of the Democrats. They hear us saying "sweet Jesus he's putting babies into cages," or "look how many people have died due to Trump's mismanagement of Corona Virus," and all they hear is 'Boy those Liberals are angry! Trump must be doing something right!'
They'll even cheer on policy which outright hurts them directly as long as they can hear one Democrat say "Wow, that's horrible." Trump runs up the deficit giving tax payer dollars to the wealthy, and they cheer. Trump starts taking away healthcare from them, and they cheer. Trump wipes out farmer's trade markets, and they cheer. Trump double crosses them and allows their jobs to be wiped out, and they cheer. The Trump Republican will destroy themselves as long as they feel Democrats are suffering worse. They'll gladly sink on the Titanic as long as they feel they're ten feet higher up on the deck than the Left.
Republican Trump voters will do everything to prevent from having to admit they were wrong. That's not an easy thing to avoid when the Master Class of incompetence is your hero. This is why the Right has embraced fanatical conspiracy theories. They're so desperate to keep the Wizard behind the curtain, they've come up with insanely stupid excuses for everything:
- Every time negative news comes out about him, it's just more proof every major media outlet is biased against him, including all the international ones
- The FBI and all US intelligence community are working to undermine him
- There is an international child sex ring run by Democrats in the basements of pizza places...which don't have basements
- Any evidence of Russian interference, even admissions from the Trump team themselves, are all lies!
- Corona Virus is being spread by Democrats just to make Trump look bad, and the dead are just crisis actors REALLY committed to their role
- You can treat a disease with medications not designed to treat said disease, or by directly ingesting toxic chemicals. No matter what, don't do what the rest of the world is doing successfully