I caught this on MSNBC this morning. On The Morning Joe, host Joe Scarborough with Mika Brzezinski discussed President Donald Trump’s plummeting poll numbers.
A room of Americans who supported Trump, Hillary Clinton, and a third-party candidate in the election tore into the president’s performance during his over eight months in office. They did not hold their criticisms to just the president though, as they also hit Vice President Mike Pence, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, House Speaker Paul Ryan, and Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer.
In a segment aired on MSNBC’s Morning Joe, many of these Trump supporters did not voice a die-hard support for the president himself, even when describing the reasons they cast their vote. “It was more of an anti-Hillary vote,” said one; “I didn’t want more of what we already had,” said another.
Apparently there is a crowd of people out there who now have the government they paid for, and they are not liking it. The speaker pictured below is heard saying his was more an anti-Hillary vote.
This man is saying, “I liked his platform, Make America Great Again.”
“My vote was more — I didn’t want more of what we already had.”
A few besides these three spoke out, but they are representative. The first didn’t want Hillary, and the third didn’t want more of the same. Number two fell for the Trump line in true rube fashion. Regarding numbers one and two, you have to wonder how Donald Trump gained the nomination.
Debate after debate aired, and one by one the other candidates were whittled away. Then came the primaries, and Republican loyalists chose Trump again and again. Possibly the most miserable showing was turned in by the candidate with the most promise. Jeb Bush, former governor of Florida, had experience and maturity. He consistently polled at the bottom before finally cashing in his chips and pulling out. There was not much of worth in between.
Ben Carson, successful as a neurosurgeon but with no comprehension of how the world works, often polled near the top:
Pressing the search for the fountainhead of all this prevarication, sign posts are manifest:
On Wednesday, a 17-year-old video surfaced of Ben Carson claiming that the Old Testament figure Joseph built the Egyptian pyramids to store food.
“My own personal theory is that Joseph built the pyramids to store grain,” Carson said in a 1998 commencement speech at Andrews University, unearthed by BuzzFeed. “Now all the archaeologists think that they were made for the pharaohs’ graves. But, you know, it would have to be something awfully big — when you stop and think about it, and I don’t think it’d just disappear over the course of time — to store that much grain.”
For a while Republicans seemed to like former H-P CEO Carly Fiorina, who managed to do a believable impersonation of a complete idiot:
Apparently we have not heard the last of presidential candidate Carly Fiorina. It definitely is not the first. Ms. Fiorina has visited my shore only recently:
“I do think it’s worth saying,” Fiorina declared, “that people of faith make better leaders because faith gives us humility, faith teaches us that no one of us is greater than any other one of us, that each of us are gifted by God. Faith gives us empathy; we know that all of us can fall and every one of us can be redeemed. And faith gives us optimism, it gives us the belief that there is something better, that there is someone bigger than all of us. And so I think it’s important that we elect a leader of faith and that we elect a leader, as well, who knows that more prayer, not less, is necessary in public life and in all our lives.”
Bobby Jindal, former governor of Louisiana, had no need to pretend:
This was during an interview on ABC with Martha Raddatz. I’m impressed that the Louisiana governor keeps plugging along, despite a vacuum of support, not to mention a vacuum of knowledge about how the world works. The governor’s previous intonations bespeak of this void:
At a breakfast organized by The Christian Monitor, Jindal was introduced as a biology major, Rhodes Scholar, and former President of the University of Louisiana System. Naturally, at one point HuffPost’s Howard Fineman said, “I want to ask a couple of science questions.”
Jindal cluelessly fails to see what’s coming and excitedly interjects “I’m a biology major.” Fineman is happy to repeat that point and, of course, then asks him a bunch of obvious science questions, including whether he accepts evolution.
So Jindal now feels compelled to explain, “I was not an evolutionary biologist.” Yeah, Jindal apparently got one of those Biology degrees from Brown University (with honors at the age of 20!) that doesn’t require learning about evolution — the central organizing principle of modern biology.
Did I leave out former Texas Governor Rick Perry? No, I didn’t:
It is possible that our own governor, for whom I have previously expressed such admiration, may be about to step into Governor Palin’s mighty shoes and save us all from ourselves again. Here’s how it’s unfolding:
[21 August 2014] PORTSMOUTH, N.H. –On Thursday, Gov. Rick Perry issued a pretty alarming warning. Terrorists from the Islamic State — one of the nastiest, most brutal terror groups ever — could be sneaking into Texas across the Southwest border at any time, thanks to the Obama administration’s failures in Iraq and in securing the border.
On the upside of the ticket there were were candidates displaying some savvy while also carrying the GOP torch high. That would include Texas’ own Ted Cruz, former Governor Chris Christie of New Jersey, Senator Lindsey Graham of South Carolina, and Governor John Kasich of Ohio. Not that I would have voted for any of those, but Republicans would have, had they not been blinded by the light.
Republicans nominated Donald Trump, leaving them none remaining to vote for but Donald Trump. They now have Donald Trump, and they now have the government they paid for. Here’s what some of the Pittsburgh voters had to say in Tuesday’s focus group, expressing some remorse. Keep in mind, voters in Pittsburgh went for Hillary Clinton by 75%.
“I look at a president to be presidential, someone who is calm, focused… In some aspects, [Trump is] almost turning into a politician in a different way, saying things he thinks his base wants to hear. He’s let me down,” said one Trump voter during the focus group, per Politico.
“I traditionally am in the ‘give the guy a chance’…. His learning curve has been a little disappointing, meaning he hasn’t caught on like everyone has said here, ‘If he did this, he’d be OK,’” voiced another Pittsburgh resident who supporter the president during the election.
Follow the link to the Politico article to get a better appreciation of the conversation. I am not going to take on faith that all these respondents voted for Trump in the primaries, but enough of their kind did, and I have to wonder. At what point did the light begin to shine through?
Was it the never-ending stream of lies emanating from this candidate?
Was it the endless parade of scandal?
Was it Donald Trump’s massive preoccupation with trivia?
Possibly some supporters have been turned off by Donald Trump’s glaring self-absorption.
It cannot be that supporters were unaware of his callous disregard for others.
We may never know what the breaking point was for many Trump supporters, possibly because they will never succumb to the truth, and possibly, as some supporters have told me, they do not care. And these people are getting the government they paid for.