Do Facts Matter to Trump Supporters?
If you are a Trump supporter, I’m warning you now that there are facts in this post. I will make many statements which are true and verifiable by history, data and common sense. If you wish to avoid reading these facts, you can walk away and continue littering our Facebook pages with Trump graphics. We are so thankful that you play this vital role in society. What would we do if you suddenly stopped posting your brilliant Trump memes all over the internet? Thanks again!
Alright, now that they’ve left the room, let’s chat…just you and me. I don’t know about you but I’m pretty tired. I’m not sure how long I can keep this up. I’ve engaged with a countless number of Trump supporters over the last few months, especially over this past weekend in response to my post about Ted Cruz becoming our 45th President (click here to read it). Unsurprisingly, Trump supporters didn’t like the post. They proceeded to tell me that I was wrong, which led to several exchanges in which I tried to make my case for Cruz. I was also willing and eager to hear their case for Trump, but none of them made a case. None of them even tried.
I remember the good ol’ days when we used to engage in intelligent conversations with people. They were simple, informal discussions that positively impacted everyone involved. We all walked away from the exchange a little wiser, a little more informed. We left the conversation with the hope of doing it again at a later time. Why? Because it was mutually beneficial. I now know what they know and they now know what I know. Even if we disagreed, it was still beneficial. We both had a new perspective to consider, which paved the way for understanding and compromise.
Mutually-beneficial conversations like these do not seem to be possible with Trump supporters. I’ve tried it. You’ve tried it. And what do you we have to show for these efforts? Nothing…it hasn’t made a difference. It’s like talking to a wall. All of your facts, all of your truths, all of your common sense…it bounces right off of them. I don’t know how to get through to them. I don’t have an antidote for the truth-repellent that Trump has sprayed on them. I’m looking for answers and ideas.
fyi…Stuart never replied to this.
Pardon the analogy, but this Republican primary is like a boat…and we’re all in this boat together. The strong legion of Cruz supporters are in the boat. The large mob of Trump supporters are in the boat and even both Kasich supporters are in the boat. Where this boat goes, we all go. If it sinks, we all sink. And if we go down, it won’t matter if you throught Trump was going to make America great again. It won’t matter if you’re a certified member of the Cruz Crew. No one is prideful at the bottom of the ocean.
After the lunacy we’ve been through over the last 7+ years, you would think that everyone on this boat would be on the same page…and focused. You would expect to see humility and a sober desperation across the faces of everyone who claims to be a Republican. We completely blew it…two elections in a row. We allowed the GOP to pick weak, uninspiring candidates to represent us. Many of us didn’t bother to show up on election day, so we lost to an inexperienced, unamerican fraud.
We allowed a Marxist to live and throw parties in the White House for nearly a decade. Read that sentence again if you need to…let it sink in. He neglected our soldiers, our friends and our borders. He rammed a long list of unconstitutional legislation down our throats. He ballooned our debt and crippled generations that don’t exist yet. He allowed the Middle East to somehow become worse than it already was. He apologized for the American heritage instead of promoting it. He’s exactly the kind of President we thought we he would be. We saw it…we knew it…and we allowed it to happen…twice.
Are you not embarrassed? Are you not humbled? Are you not desperate for one last chance to turn this boat around? You would think by now we would all recognize a fraud when we see one. You would think we would all be unified to do whatever it takes to avoid another Clinton era. But no…instead, we’re fighting with our Republican brothers and sisters. 35–40% of them are determined to vote for a Republican Obama; an unqualified, petulant man who wants to “get things done.” He’s been a liberal all his life. He demonstrates very little understanding of conservative principles and he’s the one person in the nation who is somehow more unelectable than Hillary Clinton. Democrats have no enthusiasm to vote for Clinton…she’s more of the same. If she faces Cruz, they probably won’t even show up. But if she’s facing Trump, they’ll crawl on broken glass to reach a ballot box and prevent a Trump presidency. That is a fact…and it’s not even close.
Many of us in the boat concluded a long time ago that Ted Cruz would be the ideal candidate to match against Clinton. He’s the candidate we needed in 2008 and 2012 (actually, he’s the candidate we’ve needed since 1988, but that’s another story). If you glance at his resume and his achievements, you could easily conclude he was born to be President. He memorized the Constitution as a teenager and has been defending it ever since, winning 5 of his 9 cases in front of the US Supreme Court. In his four years as the US Senator from Texas, he has consistently and defiantly fought in both houses of Congress against Democrats and Republicans who are accustomed to ignoring and undermining the Constitution for their own benefit. In some cases, he stood alone in these fights against a tidal wave of hatred from the Washington establishment, from lobbyists and the media. Millions of Americans blindly accepted this hatred as their own position against Cruz without bothering to notice that he was defending them against laws and policies that would hurt them.
Most leaders would cave under this level of public hatred, yet Cruz did not capitulate in the least. In fact, I’ve never seen him fazed by anything. I’ve never seen him exasperated, out of control or confused. I’ve never seen him tired. I swear…I think he wakes up at 6am every day with a suit and tie on, ready to discuss immigration policy. He is literally the closest thing we’ve had to a perfect candidate in three decades.
In this 20-minute video on the Senate floor, Cruz destroys all suspicion that he’s just another establishment Republican. He calmly and methodically rebukes Democrat and Republican leaders as they sit only a few feet away, recounting a long list of their deceptive schemes and lies. It’s extremely satisfying to watch if you’re tired of representatives who don’t represent us. See it for yourself if you have the time. This is not your average politician. Cruz is often in Washington but he’s clearly not of Washington.
I am not one to fall in love with candidates. I see them for what they are…fallible men and women of flesh and blood who may have started their careers with good intentions, but sometimes get swept up in the vicious winds of Washington. For as long as they say the right things, vote the right way and take principled stands on the issues, I take notice and support them however I can. Yet in spite of that support, I’m constantly aware that they are all capable of screwing up at any moment, which they often do. That’s why I always keep them at arm’s length…always ready to drop them if they drop the Constitution. I don’t judge or hate them for compromising their conservatism…I just stop supporting them. I resume the search for a better leader. And now I believe we’ve got one…a great one. He currently holds second place in the 2016 Republican primaries.
As I sit in the boat with Trump supporters, I mention all of the above. I try to respectfully reason with them, making the case for Cruz, but they don’t seem to listen and they don’t seem to care. They lean overboard, scoop up a bucket of water and dump it into the boat!
I say “Whoa, what are you doing? Please don’t do that.”
They say “TRUMP 2016!”
Me: “What?? You’re filling our boat with water. It’s probably not a good idea. You’re going to sink us.”
Them: “He’s gonna Make America Great Again!”
Me: “He’ll never get a chance to make America great again…he’s trailing Hillary by 11 points in national polling. It’ll be a landslide victory for her.”
Them: “He’ll catch up.”
Me: “No he will not. McCain lost by 7 points and Romney lost by 4 points. Trump is losing by 11 points and that number is growing.”
Them: “The silent majority will turn out to vote and he’ll beat her.”
Me: “The majority isn’t silent anymore. They’ve spoken…quite loudly…they don’t like Trump and will never vote for him. The only reason he’s leading the primaries is because all the non-Trump votes were divided among…like 50 candidates.”
Them: “The only reason you like Cruz is because he’s Mexican like you.”
Me. “He’s not Mexican. He’s Cuban.”
Them: “Ok so he’s a Cuban Mexican…whatever.”
Me. “That doesn’t make sense…what you just said.”
Them: “You probably have family here illegally…that’s why you don’t like Trump. He’s gonna build a wall to keep them out.”
Me: “Actually, my ancestors migrated from Mexico to Texas in the 1800’s…we’ve been here awhile, but your racist implications are duly noted.”
Them: “Cruz ain’t even eligible to be President. He was born in Canada. He’s a Canadian Mexican.”
Me: “Oh boy. Look, that issue was brought to court 6 times. Cruz was deemed eligible in all 6 cases to run for President. Please stop pouring water into this boat.”
Them: “He cheated on his wife with 5 ladies.”
Me: “You are believing and circulating a proven lie. That was a smear by the National Enquirer to sell their paper. Nobody takes them seriously and neither should you. Oprah and Dr. Oz are not lovers. Tom Cruise is not pregnant and Ted Cruz didn’t cheat on his wife with 5 women. And by the way…are you aware of the divorces and infidelities of your candidate? They’re not secrets.”
Them: “What can I say…the ladies love Trump….hehe.”
Me: “Yes…the ladies love Trump…except for the 70% of American woman who are saying they don’t.”
Them: “Heidi Cruz wants to push us towards a one-world government.”
Me: “You’re just making stuff up now, aren’t you?”
Them: “TRUMP 2016! Make America Great Again!!”
Exasperated and spent, I fall back on my seat in the boat. I hunch over and rub my temples to alleviate the pressure. I pick up a bucket. I throw an arm over the shoulder of the Trump supporter and say “I love you, brother. God bless America.”
With the little strength I have left, I fill my bucket with water from the boat and toss it to the sea.
This article was originally posted April 5, 2016 (link)