I would like to make a disclaimer before I proceed: I am not name-calling, and I am not generalizing in what I am about to say. I do not include all republicans, nor even all Trump supporters, and I am stating a fact, not calling anybody names with the intention of being derogatory. Please note that the word ignorance is defined simply as “lack of knowledge or information”.
We keep reassuring ourselves that the Trump supporters are finally waking up, finally beginning to see the light of day, to see that the person they’ve been slavishly supporting is a narcissistic crook. I have evidence to the contrary.
Trump, under a dark cloud of likely impeachment, weathering a number of scandals of his own making, was still welcomed with what can only be called mass ignorance when he held a rally in Minneapolis, Minnesota last week. Listen to what one attendee said when asked his thoughts about the impeachment inquiry …
“They’re just making stuff up. He’s starting to fight back.”
Nobody is making anything up … both Trump and his Chief of Staff have admitted that he tried to coerce a foreign power to interfere in our upcoming election, to undermine the very principles that make this a free nation, a republic! Facts, folks … cold, hard facts. But, though Trump is far from the brightest bulb in the pack, he does know how to rile the masses, how to play to the audience …
“They want to erase your vote like it never existed. They want to erase your voice and they want to erase your future. But they will fail because in America, the people rule again.”
Ha ha ha ha ha … the people rule! What a crock! Donald Trump rules by bullying and threatening. Period. The people are the last thing he cares about, but they, in all their ignorance that they wear like a badge of honour, cannot (or will not) see it. The more of these comments I read, the snarkier I became.
Another comment from a member of the maga-hat-wearing crowd …
“I think it’s a witch hunt. I don’t think Donald Trump has done any impeachable offence that’s a high crime or misdemeanour. There was nothing wrong with their conversation. It seems to me they’re turning a Biden scandal into a Trump scandal. I think the phone call has been taken out of context. They’re making it sound like he was trying to take down a political rival. If Biden was using his position to further his son’s career, then that in itself is corrupt.”
Now, here is my evidence, the facts that back up my claim that the people who attend these rallies and cheer ‘til they lose their voice are ignorant. The thing that matters here is that Trump attempted to coerce a foreign power to interfere in the election. Period. The fact is that Joe Biden has already been proven innocent of any wrongdoing, but that is not the point. The point is that Donald Trump, acting as president of this nation, broke the law. Broke. The. Law.
And yet another …
“It’s a joke. It really is. It’s not an official inquiry. It’s Pelosi, having her own private poll. She’s only asking the people she wants to ask. They produced the transcript. That’s the whole story. Trump never said he was going to withhold money. They’ve tried to impeach Trump since before he was in office. It’s not really the Democratic Party – it’s just anti-Republican. If they want an official investigation, they should just go to the courts and do it.”
Obviously, this person is beyond clueless. Still more …
“We wanted to do our little bit. We wanted to show our support for the president we love and support our free country. We know what they’re investigating. But we know what we know. I’ve read the transcript and I didn’t find anything illegal in it.”
And are you, madam, a lawyer or Constitutional Law scholar???
“I don’t think he’s done anything wrong. He’s nothing to hide. If there’s corruption, we need to know about it. It’s all a big scam and the Bidens are trying to cover their tracks.”
“All these channels except Fox – it’s the only one that speaks the truth – they’re trying to come up with whistleblowers that don’t exist. They try to change people’s minds with misinformation.”
“As a president, he’s supposed to be looking for corruption. He didn’t do a quid pro quo. He didn’t say ‘I’m going to withdraw funds’. He didn’t withhold anything at all.”
Do you even know the meaning of “quid pro quo”? We’re not talking about “withdrawing funds”, lady!
“I don’t know, like sneaking off with a billion dollars in cash, that might be something. It’s not even a crime, what Trump did. I wish they would take it to a vote. Then both sides would have full disclosure. But Democrats don’t want that to happen.”
Trust me, a vote will be taken, and Trump will be impeached. Wait for it, madam.
“I’ve been on the Trump express ever since he got going. If you read the transcript, which I have done, there’s nothing there which was bad. If Democrats want to impeach him, that’s their loss. What did he do that broke the law? The Democrats can’t answer that. If Obama had that same conversation would any of this be coming up? The answer is 100% no. That’s all it is. They’re out to get him. The Russian election thing failed on them massively. And when this one fails they’ll move into the next thing. They’re going to have four more years trying to get rid of him.”
Yo, buddy! You can read??? Wow, I’m impressed. But let me set you straight here … if Obama had done any one, single thing that Trump has done, he would have been impeached, tried, convicted and removed from office within a week. Can you spell r-a-c-i-s-t?
And lastly, this …
“If people were open minded about what he’s doing, and put aside what they think of him anyway, I think they’d find his views are a lot closer to theirs than they think.”
No, lady, I can guarantee you that there is not one single thing I would agree with him on.
So, there you have it folks … the voice of the 40%. Differences in political opinion are one thing. I can deal with someone having a different ideology than I have, being more or less liberal, etc., but I have no idea how to have a sensible discussion with those who are ignorant, and I think that all of the above comments bespeak of ignorance. Lack of knowledge, and a disinterest in trying to learn about things they don’t understand. One part of me wants to feel sorry for them, but … these are the very people who got us into this mess we’re in, the very ones that have elected and supported a demagogue who is shredding our Constitution. Sorry, but I find I cannot dredge up a shred of empathy for them.