What happens when Trump supporters realize how completely clueless the man is about … everything the President of the United States should know and/or understand? What will life be like for them when they realize their rabid support offers no shield against the incalculable damage a Trump Presidency would rain down on all of us—here and abroad? If one is making up facts or ratcheting up the levels of destructive and mindless hostilities to justify positions taken or policies offered, it is not difficult to contemplate the terrible outcomes when governing is actually required.
And so the Republican primaries will be full of the usual evangelical type preaching, damning abortion and calling their Democratic contenders ‘elitist’ snobs, while brushing off those so-called ‘expert’ climate scientists and their warnings. But you can only blame the politicians so much. When it comes down to it, this is simply what a big part of the population expects from their leaders — religious buffoons who embrace a paranoid style of politics; where experts and academics are looked down upon as disconnected and deceitful, and where faith in Jesus and the Bible is the ultimate guiding light. Where one is expected to go with their gut rather than their head, and where ‘professorial’ is an insult. Anti-intellectualism is an American tradition.…
As I write this draft several weeks before posting it here, The Huffington Post reported it had done the following after an Anderson Cooper-moderated town hall meeting with Donald Trump at the end of March:
… assigned five and a half reporters to look into a roughly 12,000-word transcript of Trump’s town hall event on CNN the night before. It took us hours, but in all, we found 71 separate instances in which Trump made a claim that was inaccurate, misleading or deeply questionable. That’s basically one falsehood every 169 words (counting the words uttered by moderator Anderson Cooper), or 1.16 falsehoods every minute (the town hall lasted an hour, including commercial breaks).