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Anonymous asked in Politics & GovernmentPolitics · 2 months ago

How is it possible that someone like Donald Trump could even become the Republican nominee for President, let alone President?

His bullying, his arrogance, ego, tweeting, lies, racism, sexism, xenophobia and so many other things.  I know many Republicans who have left the party because of him.  Nobody likes him.  He has turned it into a cult and insults anyone who isn’t willing to worship him at his throne.  He’s not a dictator and somebody needs to intervene and tell him that he can’t do whatever the hell he wants!  He is unfit!  He will kill us all!

Update:

Why do morons support him?  Do you want to keep your white privilege?  Is it all because a black man was President beforehand?

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  • Anonymous
    2 months ago
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    So I think there's two things:  First is how Trump won the nomination.  Second is why some of the people found him appealing.  These are basically short and long term answers. 

    The short term answer about Trump winning the nomination is that he benefited from a system which was, inadvertently, rigged in his favor.  You see, after their defeat in 2012, the Republican party conducted an "autopsy" to figure out what they could do better.  Some of the suggestions, like appealing more to people of color, were too hard for them to actually work on.  But one thing they could do is change the primary rules.  See, they felt that the 2012 contest went on too long and ended up damaging the nominee.  So they changed the rules for 2016 so as to allow more states to award delegates disproportionately to the vote.  This would, they hoped, allow a frontrunner to vanquish his rivals more quickly.   Trump benefited from this system because it allowed him to rack up impressive early wins despite not getting a majority of the vote.  Trump also benefited from a divided field of contenders.  Early on, there was a lot of talk about how the Republicans deep bench of talented competitors was an advantage for them.  But it turned out to be a disadvantage for the majority of Republican voters who didn;t want Trump to be the nominee.  This is because the non Trump vote remained divided among several candidates, especially early on when it could most have stopped him.  Trump relatively quickly became the front runner in the GOP contest.  But he only had the support of about a quarter to a third of voters in the primary.  Ordinarilly this should have made him a strong second, but the rest of the field was splintered among different candidates.  This allowed Trump to win victories with a minority of the vote, and because of the rules he often picked up large numbers of delegates.  Trump also benefited from the fact that the next most popular candidate was Ted Cruz, who many establishment Republicans disliked for his self serving stances.  The people who didn't like Trump were also reluctant to unite behind Cruz as a compromise candidate, which ended up helpign Trump.

    The other, longer term question is why Trump was able to be as popular as he was? Most Republican primary voters were against Trump, but he was the front runner with about 25% of the vote.  Why, when there were Senators and Governors running for office, did the plurality of Republicans pass them over and go for a failed businessman and reality TV host who had never ran for office, at any level, before?  Well, I think that long term Conservative political and cultural institutions prepared them to accept someone like that and to overlook his faults.  One thing which factored into this was the GOP's assault on "government".  I think that this devalued the idea of political experience among many conservatives and left them open to the idea of a novice.  So did the notion, long advanced by Republicans, that businessmen are inherently good at running things and that government should be run like a business.  And conservative idolization of the free market as a neutral arbiter of individual worth left many Republicans ready to accept the idea that because Trump is rich he must be smart and competent.  Those ideas also left his opponents bereft of the conceptual tools needed to challenge this notion.  To call Trump incompetent at business would require acknowledging that conservatism's central tenet, that the market rewards competence and hard work, is flawed.  Other trends contributed to his rise.  For decades, Republicans have attacked science and independent experts, largely motivated by a desire to stop the environmental movement.  But this trend has resulted in many Republicans devaluing not only the idea of expertise, but the idea of intelligence and rational evidence analysis itself.  Instead of believing in people with a lot of expertise and intelligence who can speak with a great depth of knowledge about a subject, they prefer to believe in people who claim that things are the way they are because they instinctually know it to be so.  It's a phenomenon which Stephen Colbert dubbed "truthiness", the act of believing something is true because it feels like it should be true.  When Trump spoke ignorantly, but authoritatively, he actually appealed to these people, who had been trained by years of messaging from conservative sources to believe that expertise and what we might refer to as "book learning" were part of some sort of liberal conspiracy.  Trump's sound bite solutions, like solving America's complicated immigration problem by building a wall, appealed to these people because it was part of a conservative culture which liked to argue that there were easy common sense solutions to problems that we just lacked the will to implement.  Similarly, Trump's boorish, smash mouth, insult driven brand of politics appealed to these people because that's what they've heard from their media.  To dive into conservative media is to find a world suffused with insult commentary, where hosts try to trump each other (no pun intended) with ever ruder insults and slander.  Before Trump, politicians, at least at the presidential level, were dignified enough to not engage in that sort of stuff.  But Trump doesn't have those inhibitions and so when he came along spouting this stuff there was a population ready to eat it up because that's what they were used to hearing.  A significant minority of Republicans were primed to overlook, and even embrace, Trump's racism because that's something they had heard as well.  The GOP's embrace of racism goes back at least to the Southern Strategy of Richard Nixon, who sought to appeal to Southern white voters who were disappointed in how the Democrats turned towards Civil Rights in the 1960s.  This coded embrace of racism continued over the next several decades.  And it often worked, or at least didn't seem to hurt Republicans.  Of course, this was all coded, because, as Republican strategist Lee Atwater admitted, overt racism hurt you.  But I think that things changed when Obama was elected.  In an effort to help defeat Obama, many Republican politicians and media figures tacitly embraced the racism which was welling up in their party.  At one point, polls said that as many as 40% of republicans believed in the racist "birther" conspiracy.  Republican politicians said things like "Obama doesn't understand what it means to be American" or that he had a "Kenyan anti colonial mindset".  I mean, they weren't calling him "the N word" but they were blurring the lines around racial commentary and making once taboo feelings more acceptable in the mainstream.  So when Trump came along and appealed directly to the racial fears of white people, these folks were primed to accept it.  Finally, Trump benefited from a conservative media which has monopolized the attention of many Republicans and which views their highest priority not as reporting the news in an accurate and impartial manner, but rather as supporting conservative candidates.  This meant that conservative media was reluctant to criticize Trump.  And since many Republicans only consume conservative media, they didn't get much information about how bad he is.  Furthermore, these viewers of things like Fox News have been trained by these media outlets to evaluate evidence not on whether it's true or not, but on whether it supports their preconceived ideas or not.  So when bad things about Trump did enter their stream of consciousness, such as the Access Hollywood tape, they just dismissed it as "liberal media bias" because it contradicted their assumption that the Republican must be the preferable candidate.

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  • 2 months ago

    I personally voted for him because recent presidents have made other countries their priority and Trump put us first. 

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  • Sally
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    2 months ago

    No one took him seriously enough until it was too late. They didn't realize there were that many voters who couldn't tell he's a con man.

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  • 2 months ago

    OMG!!! Get over it and get used to it!!!!

     Trump will be POTUS until Jan. 2025. This can not be stopped!!!!!

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  • Anonymous
    2 months ago

    Bullying? Really? Wow. 

    "Sticks and stones will break my bones but words will never hurt me" unless your a liberal...…..get used to it. 

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  • Bill
    Lv 7
    2 months ago

    Did you get a crown when you became the drama queen? 

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  • Chris
    Lv 7
    2 months ago

    I got as far as “Nobody likes him”. Didn’t Hillary say that? Here is a suggestion: Don’t copy Hillary.

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  • Rick B
    Lv 7
    2 months ago

    I don't have to like him, as long as he is doing the job. The stock market is booming. Taxes are lower. The border is being secured. He is standing up to our enemies. He is placing conservatives on the bench. Unemployment is at all time lows.  Unborn babies are being protected from abortion in more cases.

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  • Matt
    Lv 6
    2 months ago

    Well there is such a thing as voting come this November if you don't want him to be President.

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  • 2 months ago

    You just hate him because he doesn't put up with democrat bullshiit

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