I'm not a psychologist but I sure wish I knew what's inside the mind of the average trump supporter!
My son and I are convinced we can tell who supports trump in mere seconds and sometimes just looking at a person. We also feel they sense something "different" about us- that the vibes just don't mesh well or something LOL
Has anyone else experienced this or are we just a couple of oddballs LOL
I live in a rural part of central Texas and at this point, I just assume everyone is a Trump fan, since so many are. The cities are the blue blips in this red state, and I'm far enough outside San Antonio to realize that we're a minority in our county. Although, we do at least have enough to have a county democrats group, thankfully. But I do see that the majority of open Trump supporters here definitely fit the deplorable stereotype. My sister's boyfriend's boss is an absolute asshole who insults my sister all the time for being half-Mexican. But they live on his property so they have to tolerate him somewhat until they can move. But there's definitely been a lot of very much overt racism pretty much since Obama was elected. They claim to hate him for all sorts of crap, but it really does come down to his skin color when you let them talk enough - as they start getting compared to monkeys, the n-word, racist stereotypes, etc.
They're misguided, but I don't think that for the most part they're evil. They were just desperate for a change, and Trump offered them that change. Even if he can't affect that change, he made the promise, and with his inflammatory and racist rhetoric, he sparked a chord in a lot of those who now support him (many of whom are racist or at least enablers of a racist).
He promised them change, they voted for him, and even now that their ship, as it were, is sinking, they're unwilling to admit they were wrong, and they're clinging even tighter to what's left of their candidate. At least that's how I would qualify their state of mind, not being a professional psychologist myself.
I currently live in a ruby-red state where the vast majority of citizens here have traditionally voted against their own best interests. It been ranked last in well being year after year. They've been raised and/or indoctrinated to believe that the authoritarian way (strict father model and Yahweh) is the only way. Authoritarians are not hard to spot and they do put off a vibe (so-to-speak).
I live in a rural area in western Oklahoma. After 8 years of Obama people were so disgusted that 87% of them here in my hometown including myself voted for Trump. In my home state neither neither Obama or Hillary ever carried a single one of the 77 counties. The rural economy is in bad shape and rural people are disgusted with the democrats. Unfortunately the republicans are influenced by the religious right wing but I still think Trump is a lot better choice than the tax and spend and regulation crazy democrats. Diesel emissions regulations alone have cost me thousands of dollars and the crap they are making is put on these Diesel engines is making them burn more diesel and put out even more co2. On newer diesels over 1/2 the breakdowns are emissions equipment related breakdown. Seems common sense should come into play at some point. Trump seems have that. What is there to like about the democrats? Nothing that I can see other than they have less religious influence.
As someone outside the USA (Australia), I feel it is not my place to be overly critical of US politics.
But when Trump was elected, I (and many other Ozzies, including very conservative ones) were forced to ask: What the hell were you guys thinking?
Clearly, it is not a majority that supported Trump, but your Electoral College saw to his confirmation as President. So most of you are off the hook.
As for Trump supporters, there are actually a few very belligerent ones in Australia. We consider them as being pretty-well on the right fringe. Definitely not well-informed in most cases.
However, I can't claim that they present very much differently from most other Australians until they open their mouths.
Well, I'm convinced that we live in a precarious time of much social change, not unlike the 1960s in many ways. The last few decades has seen the legalization of same-sex marriage, the election (twice) of the first African American President, the internet revolution, etc. We live in a time when much of the country is divided by generation, with the younger generations accepting change and the older generation holding on to the past. It's like the birth pains of so much change....one can see it not only in politics but also in religious denominations where often thoughts on same-sex marriage and lgbt rights has a denomination split down the middle based solely on age and generation. And we see it in the reports of The Nones, the younger generation who have no association with any organized religion, whereas the older generations still cling to the institutions of the past. I feel that the anomaly of the Trump presidency is in part a last dying outcry of that older generation, a racist, homophobic, sexist backlash if you will. The religious right has all but lost the social wars and the world is increasingly becoming more racially and culturally diverse...the internet has made the world a smaller place and that scares some people to death. Male, white and straight privilege has been threatened, and they are not happy campers.
Not sure if that speaks to your question at all, but that's my story and I'm sticking to it. LOL
I’m wondering if the same goes for Hillary supporters? I mean, she’s a racist (proven by real quotes), manipulative, self-interested, oligarch who has attempted to silence and mock rape victims. So I wonder if this reflects on her grandiose supporters? Also, I have yet to gain the ability to judge and marginalize a person by simply looking at them. Then again, I strive to avoid insidious and discriminatory behavior.
My curiosity goes toward how people can listen to this obviously poorly educated, narcissistic sociopath, and not see him for what he is. You don't have to get your ques from mass media commentary, just look at the way this nincompoop acts; like he's a middle school brat. Jeezus kreist, all the tweeting, the juvenile public name-calling from a sitting POTUS. WTF? He can't keep a cabinet, all he's done is destroy whatever he can put his tiny hands on that Obama's administration accomplished. How do people not see the glaring incompetence? The guy listens to Alex Jones, for godssake, who makes O'Reilly look sane.
Trump is the product of an unhinged Republican Party. There are a few different mindsets of his supporters. Whatever damage (including nuclear war, environmental destruction and wiping out affordable health care for women) rests 100% on the Republican Party. I have been following politics since the days of Nixon and the Republican Party has grown more DISGUSTING every year. I find the most disturbing sub-set of Trumpers to be the evangelicals. The only true christian president I ever witnessed in my lifetime was Jimmy Carter and the republicans ripped him to shreds. Good old demented Ron Reagan took office after Carter and yanked the solar panels right off the roof of the white house! Things have gone down hill ever since! This administration is not normal even for republicans. What I see is a sick demented circus out of control. I live in a very red state and the culture here has always been kind of backwards and red-neck. But after this election it is UNBEARABLE. A good many of them just felt as though they suffered (!) through "a black man in the white house for 8 years" and want to see anything Obama put in to place be erased from history. I'm white and I have a really good black friend that said to me the day after the election "now racism is your problem too"... so true!
I live in Kansas City, which could easily be renamed Trumpland. I saw a licence plate that said Trump 4 just the other day. People here seem to be delighted that several decades worth of civil rights work is being destroyed, that environmental protections are being dismantled and that hateful sentiment is becoming normalized. I'm surrounded by Trump enthusiasts who all claim he's doing wonderful things and then when I ask them to name a single thing he's done that's positive all the can claim, are those things I find abhorrent.
I've noticed that many I've talked to (at least online) are proud to be ignorant on so many subjects, and their rabid support of who I consider by far to be the worst president in the history of our country.
Sometimes I can't tell if people really believe the ultra-conservative, evangelical, right mindset or if they're just trying to stir the pot to get a reaction.
I know there aren't as many Trump supporters as there were at election time, but there are still a few who are drinking the Kool-Aid.
There seems to be a biological component that prevents someone from seeing grey abstract areas. Their brains are more comfortable with concrete black and white solutions to life. When those solutions do not fit the realities of life, it causes them a lot of turmoil because they want to fall back on their solutions which do not work. they are often reactionary and will respond differently when something happens to them specifically. Nancy Reagan supported stem cell research, Cheney accepted gay marriage because of his daughter, and McCain is against torture. But sometimes, even traumatic experiences cannot move them from those brain functions which give them comfort and cause them grief at the same time.
It would be easier to contemplate your own mind on why you feel the way you do about Trump! Your mindset is predisposed to believe only the things you want to hear. You have prejudged the outcome and need to move on. Your son will only echo your sentiments. Maybe some introspection would be the best thing.