It’s nice to see a Trump supporter say that they can see that he has faults. Most of the Trump supporters that I know refuse to say that he has any or that he has ever done anything worthy of condemnation.
Ones perspective is generally determined by where one is sitting. One thing that I try to do is shift where I’m sitting to see things in different lights and not just a singular one, that isn’t easy to do and more and more I believe that there are a lot of people that simply aren’t capable of doing so.
I was a Bernie supporter, although I disagreed with him on trade, because, well, that’s a deep issue involving vulture tactics of investment firms, monopolies that discard businesses that are actually profitable just to make some quick cash from them, automation and educational requirements for emerging technologies, etc.
I also disagreed with him on foreign policy, because although pacifism has its place, it can’t be used everywhere and we can’t simply abandon our collective agreements with dozens of nations and expect everything to be okay.
When I did deeper research on Hillary Clinton, what I found was that mostly she was a typical politician doing typical politician things, but was heavily maligned by the right wing during her husband’s presidency, mainly because she was a woman. Above all what I found is that she’s extremely intelligent and I believe that she’s on the autism spectrum somewhere, I am and I saw the same type of issues with her trying to deal with the public that I would have in her position. She’s no angle, she has done plenty of shitty stuff, but when I dug, I didn’t find the demon that she is portrayed as being.
When I dug into Trump, I found that his business practices were despicable and never benefited his employees or his investors, they only ever benefited himself to the detriment of others. One of the main lessons that I found there was what Roy Cohn taught him so many years ago, paraphrasing, “Never admit defeat, always declare victory.” That is what Cohn told Trump when he lost the discrimination suit way back. He told Trump that it didn’t matter if he won or lost the case, what mattered was that people remember his name. As Cohn put it, “In three months, people won’t remember what the story was about and if you won or lost, but they will remember your name.”
From a historical perspective, Trump isn’t unique, he’s just a typical demagogue that defeated a typical politician. Unfortunately, history also tells us that when demagogues rule, things don’t end well.
As to Obama and the nature of his being the first black president, this podcast episode that focuses on the inclusion practices of the dominant factions and how they treat an outsider from that faction is interesting.
Listen to "The Lady Vanishes" Episode 1 of The Revisionist History Podcast with Malcolm Gladwell.revisionisthistory.com
I would like to point out that many people who voted for Obama became increasingly critical of him as his presidency continued. Just like Trump now though, there were plenty that would never say a word against him.