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Proving Donald Trump Supporters Are Stupid

January 27, 2016

The other day I wrote a long post about the resentments that white people think they have in this nation.  Many of those people seem overly excited by the rants of Donald Trump as he campaigns for the Republican Party nomination.

Today on front page of The Wall Street Journal was a story about Joey and Tina Ellis from Alabama  that fit absolutely perfectly into the narrative of my post on this topic.

I will take the passages from this story to demonstrate that supporters of Trump are not overly bright and therefore are easy to confuse and target by politicians like the New York billionaire.

The first line that popped off the page was a summation of the Ellis’ feelings which included they were “convinced the Obama administration wants to take their guns and leave them defenseless in an unsafe world”.

Really?

What guns exactly are proposed to be banned or taken away, and how exactly would a gun allow for safety from an unsafe world?   The fact that these two people without–as the story states a college degree–can be so easily swayed by the gun lobby or conservatives who see a terrorist around every corner is part of the problem when it comes to Trump supporters.  They simply are not able to think in the broader terms required to come to reasonable conclusions.  If should be noted that 62% of Trump supporters have no college degree.

Then there was the bright bulb better known as John Pohlmann, 37, a Pensacola musical-equipment salesman, who says he has never voted in a presidential election!  How can someone be 37 years old and never once felt compelled to vote in a presidential election?    Now he thinks it is time to weigh in with his wisdom about what is best for America?

Let us see what he offers for a rational reason to consider Trump for president.

He gives you a one-sentence answer. By the time a career politician gets to his third sentence, I’ve forgotten what the question was.”

So, the world problems can be summed up in one-sentence answers?  No long paragraphs of information needed for Pohlmann!  The fact Pohlmann seems unable to hold thoughts in his head for brief periods of time leads me to conclude perhaps a test for early dementia might be more of his concern than pondering politics.

Joey Ellis also proved how unaware he is of larger issues when he waded into the matter concerning trade.  It should be noted that 55% of Trump supporters believe free trade—a GOP staple—is bad for the U.S.

Mr. Ellis, who said he voted for Bill Clinton in the 1990s, remains distrustful of foreign commerce.  But then we learn his job depends heavily on international trade: His company refurbishes engines for military planes the U.S. sells overseas.

You just can not make this up if you sat down stone sober and made an attempt.

The lack of education among Trump supporters is stunning.  By now I am sure there are some readers who think I am being unkind to the stupid ones or wondering why anyone needs to care about this at all.  But we need to care.

Some of these stupid people may very well cast a ballot for Trump.  That should scare the hell out of everyone.

Stupid people should not carry the day when it comes to elections.

9 Comments leave one →
  1. January 28, 2016 11:07 AM

    I might also add that it has long been my concern about the dumbing down of America. There is a segment of the nation that strives to reach a new lowest common denominator. We now have a candidate (Trump) who seeks to make outlandish statements knowing that his base will cheer and applaud the crazy words. That type of behavior is not good for our body politic or our culture. So then one has to ask who is cheering Trump? And it comes back to education. One can label my concerns as being elitist or they can see the damage that is being done to the country and also work to fight back against it.

  2. January 28, 2016 10:55 AM

    I merely took the front page story from a national newspaper that focused on white resentments and allowed the words and actions from those featured in the story to prove the polling data results. I think it quite plain, If one does not want to look like they are from the Know Nothing Party than start acting like it. It is not partisan to desire for an electorate to be smart, or have leaders with a high I.Q. As for the Second Amendment issue–well that is where a college course on the U.S. Constitution could provide lots of light on the topic.

  3. January 28, 2016 6:47 AM

    Interesting piece. Not so much the attacks on the people who do not think like a Madison anti Second Amendment liberal, but more of the elitism we see day in and day out from the liberal establishment. If you do not have a college education you are a lesser human being, unable to form cohesive sentences or understanding the world according to liberal ideology. Not going to mention the gun aspect, as your view and understanding of guns is very much different then those who understand the purpose of a firearm and the importance of being able to own and protect ones self. My personal belief is that the problems in this country are not because of non college degree people who own guns, but career politicians who become bought and paid lapdogs for big money lobbyist. These people and that is the vast majority in DC have no interest in whats best for people and the country and what is best for their party and pocketbook. Speaking of pocketbooks I noticed you mentioned that Trump is a billionaire with no connection to the people. DO you really believe the 3 and maybe soon to be four old white candidates that your party is running understand the day to day struggles of the working mom and dad?

    Hillary Clinton 68 Net Worth $31,000,000
    Bernie Sanders 74 Net Worth $11,000,000
    Martin O Malley 54 Net Worth $250,000 – Maybe this guy has a small notion of what paycheck to paycheck means
    Michael Bloomberg 74 Net Worth $49,000,000,000

  4. January 27, 2016 8:41 PM

    Gregory — the appeal of Trump to my Republican buddy is that he’s conservative but doesn’t believe in gutting the safety net for veterans, the elderly, etc.This is where Trump differs from the oligarchs’ Randian kept boys — Walker, Ryan, et al. I think it’s an important distinction that resonates with more than a few voters.

  5. January 27, 2016 8:17 PM

    Peter,

    I hear you but I am not understanding in that there is no core to Trump but rage and glib answers–so what of substance is the attraction? I see the entertainment factor–but not forthe guy you speak of do I think that is what allows him to favor Trump? Where is the beef?–as Walter Mondale once said of Gary Hart—and I am no in any way linking Hart and Trump (but you know that). I really am trying to rationalize all of this–have been for months. I just can not get my head around it.

  6. January 27, 2016 7:58 PM

    I have only had one long talk with a trump supporter. I truly have only met one–but I was rather taken aback that there was no sense here was a billionaire who had no way to relate to average people–as a child or as an adult–and how then could there be trust that what is talked about around the tables of America in any would resonate with Trump if he were to (gasp) be elected. The level of distrust of Koch etc from the Bernie crowd is far more understandable to me than the outrage from the Trump crowd. That is due to what I view as while they in some ways are talking about the same issues–it sounds very different in how they express it. Do my thoughts echo with anyone?

  7. January 27, 2016 7:31 PM

    To extrapolate a little, Gregory… imagine a professional scientist who has always been a solid Republican (I’ve known this guy forever). Loves and cares about his country. Scott Walker and his bid to buy the Presidency turned him into a hard core Trump supporter. Think he’s the only one? I think not.

  8. January 27, 2016 6:03 PM

    I’m not sure how accurate my hunch might be… but I’d be interested in knowing how many Trump voters are put off by the idea of a few oligarchs (Kochs etc.) trying to buy the Presidency. I know at least one. Their response, though perhaps ill-advised, comes from a genuine concern for the country. A lesser of two evils, perhaps.

  9. pattilynn9 permalink
    January 27, 2016 3:39 PM

    This: “By the time a career politician gets to his third sentence, I’ve forgotten what the question was.” I find this not so much a reflection on the average listener, but a picture of most obfuscating politicians who obscure, confuse, make unclear, blur, muddle, complicate, muddy, cloud, befog, bewilder, mystify, puzzle, perplex, baffle, confound, bemuse, befuddle, and flummox voters / issues to their own advantage.

    Remember Charles Durning? Here he is on “The Sidstep”. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6STjaonPEWw

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