Inside the minds of hardcore Trump supporters



When Donald Trump does good things, such as ridiculing Jeb Bush for saying he is conservative in Spanish, or running a hysterical ad about Jeb supporters falling asleep, or pushing the debate on illegal immigration and birthright citizenship to the right, I praise him. But when he does suspect things, such as saying he will try to fix the fatally flawed deal with Iran, or flipflopping on funding Planned Parenthood, I point these things out too.

But for Trump supporters, there is no good or bad, only good. I saw this firsthand in the comments to my article talking about Trump's alarming flipflop on admitting Muslim refugees to the US. One day he said we have to let Muslim refugees in, and the next day he said we shouldn't.

How could even Trump supporters be ok with that? There are a number of answers, from the kinds of comments I saw:

1)Denial.

Blake 3 hours ago

he never said he would get them in, he refused them in a good way.

Yes, there are people who read the actual words that Trump spoke, which very clearly said that he supported bringing in Syrian refugees, and then the next day he was against it, and still believe that Trump never made the first set of comments. It's political dyslexia, the inability to see anything that contradicts what they believe about the man.

2) He did change his mind, but he changed his mind for the better.


David Farrar
12 hours ago

I don't mind a flip-flopping presidential candidate, as long as s/he flip-flops in the direction of the growing evidence.

But I do mind a flip-flopping candidate. It shows they have no convictions. They change their positions now, to suit the audience while they are running; but once elected, how can we know what their actual views will be? Why doesn't that worry anyone?

3) Everyone flipflops!

iopiopiop13 hours ago

Are you on Walker for his flip-flops Ed? How about any others? They ALL are flip-flopping

The only problem with this is that they aren't all flipfloppers. Ted Cruz isn't. Bobby Jindal isn't. Even Jeb Bush isn't, certainly not on the issue of immigration.

4) Trump needed more time to think about it.

Sean R. Look, I'm hoping that his initial quote was spoken out of the sympathy a lot of people have felt and the second quote is after a moment of reflection and giving it a little more thought

C_Simpson 16 hours ago

I agree with the author's concerns over Trump's conservatism, but his flip-flops don't bother me: Because his are based on learning new information and reactions to what the people he represents want,

To me this is the lamest excuse, that the question of bring in totally unvetted Muslims from a radicalized part of the world requires more than a half second to think about. This wasn't a complex, technical question about monetary policy; this wasn't a question about the names of the leaders of terrorists organizations; this was an extremely easy question for anyone with an ounce of common sense, that anyone (except for Scott Walker, of course) should have been able to answer on the spot.

If Donald Trump needs time to reflect on such an obvious question, then he doesn't have the brains needed to be President. But I think he is smarter than that, and I think he gave one answer, and then when he saw it was unpopular, he switched to the other.

This uncritical view of Donald Trump reminds me of another formerly large group of supporters who felt much the same about Scott Walker just a few months ago, that he could say or do no wrong, and if we pointed out inconsistencies, we were "misinterpreting" him. But after Walker kept switching back and forth and back and forth, his supporters deserted him. I think this is the danger that Donald Trump may face if he starts doing this repeatedly.

As always, when he does good things, pushing the debate in the right direction, I will continue to praise him. But when he show ideological inconsistencies, I will continue to point them out as well.



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