They are not taken seriously, of course. Yet, despite all the well-documented self-contradictions, those “points” are not laughed out of each and every conversation, as they should.
Which is serious to some degree, if you ask me.
And I have no reasons to not believe the rich and powerful are doing exactly what they should be: ensure Hillary wins without getting their hands dirty by engaging in a “conversation” with those who may consider supporting trump. Doesn’t matter is the latter group is 1% or 40%; what matters is that the group of Trump supporters showing up for the elections is larger than the group of Hillary ones.