This comment expresses it better than mine.
#1. My own observation of Trump supporters:
- People who’d held resentment (about real or imaginary things), racial bias (conscious or subconscious) or other agenda for years and decades, they went all in with their agenda. Their support is straightforward and it’s not going to change.
- Economically naive ones, believing in a father figure, that a rich businessmen is going to convert everything into gold for them. So far, fulfilling other promises sounds like a good start.
- People that were influenced by fake news, in a state of cognitive dissonance or denial. They might recognize that what’s going on is bad, but they still not ready to recognize they’ve allowed themselves to be fooled. Their messages are “it’s just temporary, it will change”, “no worries, our democracy is great and will fix itself”. People feeling traumatized by the election, refusing to talk politics and installing browser extensions to remote the word “Trump” (is there one to remove B*r*eitbait from my google results?)
- Agitators and trolls of all kinds online (some pose as neutral or deny they are Trump supporters, nevertheless their activity can be classified as “damage control for Trump”), probably about half of them is paid. Don’t take all “Trump supporters” face value.
The “IMPORTANT”, 1 and 4 are the loud ones. I’ve read on Medium.com about the rule 10–80–10, haters-mainstream-resistance, you want to influence the 80%. But distinguish them from the aggressive 10%. It’s true that by ignoring the 10% you lose the 80% to them. But they are trolls, you can’t waste all your time feeding them quiet conversations.
#2. The ancient origin of the word “idiot” (those who betrayed their city in exchange for private advantages, “idios”).