How to Explain Trump: GOP Teaches Voters Not to Care

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    Dec 22, 2015 5:04 AM GMT
    NYT: Almost six months have passed since Donald Trump overtook Jeb Bush in polls of Republican voters. At the time, most pundits dismissed the Trump phenomenon as a blip, predicting that voters would soon return to more conventional candidates. Instead, however, his lead just kept widening. Even more striking, the triumvirate of trash-talk — Mr. Trump, Ben Carson, and Ted Cruz — now commands the support of roughly 60 percent of the primary electorate.

    But how can this be happening? After all, the antiestablishment candidates now dominating the field, aside from being deeply ignorant about policy, have a habit of making false claims, then refusing to acknowledge error. Why don’t Republican voters seem to care?

    Well, part of the answer has to be that the party taught them not to care. Bluster and belligerence as substitutes for analysis, disdain for any kind of measured response, dismissal of inconvenient facts reported by the “liberal media”.

    http://www.nytimes.com/2015/12/21/opinion/the-donald-and-the-decider.html?_r=0
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    Dec 22, 2015 3:07 PM GMT
    i wish the GOP would have some internal quality controls. Remember what happened when George Bush got into office and than squeaked into a 2nd term? Recession, war.


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    Dec 24, 2015 8:30 AM GMT
    Remember, the 'Trump Crowd' grew up on Morton Downey, WWE and Jerry Springer as sit down, family entertainment. Before there was, Grand Theft Auto and Doom, the internet and 'reality TV' as we know it, these shows dominated the "anti" everything's. Its funny that while Trump supporters were watching this form of entertainment, others of us had absolutely no interest, whatsoever. I watched some of my old friends really get into this mentality and I was thoroughly disgusted by the lack of maturity. Maybe I am just an old fuddy duddy that takes everything in life too seriously. icon_rolleyes.gif

    Trump antics and his supporters are just 'mocking' the election system making huge fodder for Saturday Night Live, entertainment. Again. It does give you the immaturity and IQ equivalent of Trump supporters, they apparently approve of the mockery. They must know they have no chance in hell in winning so why not make superficial, immature fun at the process. I have encountered this type of personality in the workplace and I hate working with these people, I just operate on a different frequency and understanding.

    Its no surprise that Jerry Springer has been on the air longer than it should be. This is their type of entertainment and Trump is providing it as kind of a 'anti-hero' figure icon_confused.gif





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    Dec 24, 2015 2:28 PM GMT
    ELNathB said
    Its no surprise that Jerry Springer has been on the air longer than it should be. This is their type of entertainment and Trump is providing it as kind of a 'anti-hero' figure icon_confused.gif

    And yet Springer himself is not stupid. And Trump, while far from an intellectual, is clever & conniving if nothing else.

    Proving, I guess, that's it's smart to exploit stupidity. A tenet every con man knows, which is really all Trump is, albeit a very wealthy one. If he didn't have modern real estate to manipulate he'd be hawking fake medicine off the back of a horse-drawn wagon in the 1800s.

    To quote US newspaper editor H.L. Menken about 80 years ago: "Nobody ever went broke underestimating the intelligence of the American public."
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    Dec 24, 2015 6:17 PM GMT
    Republicans like to call Democrats the mommy party because we try to look after everyone with government spending. Probably fair but the Republicans are the daddy party who likes to rule his house with an iron fist. Sluggo. The Right has always liked dictators. That's why they think CEOs are so great. They don't answer to anyone even their shareholders or creditors these days. Look at the rise of Hitler and read what was said and done. Most don't even know Hitler was elected. Scary similarities.