live in New York City, specifically on the east side of Manhattan. I don’t personally know anyone who voted for Donald J. Trump. It’s just the way it is, nothing I went out of my way to choose. I see them, though, on Facebook – friends of friends. I used to try and engage them in debate but it never got anywhere. Talking to these people is a futile exercise. They merely parrot talking points culled from the usual dubious outposts. I once found it frustrating, not being able to connect…reach some sort of understanding. I don’t anymore. Now, I just find them tiresome. The thing is, I was always terribly interested in how they could support a guy like Trump or why they had such an intense hatred of Obama and the Clintons. They never had a coherent response, other than…they’re all criminals, corrupt, murderers, and in Obama’s case, a Muslim who is in league with ISIS. You know, the typical Sean Hannity/Alex Jones/Rush Limbaugh rambling lunacy. One thing is for sure, their adoration of the man still remains as strong as ever – despite whatever fresh hell is revealed in the daily news.

I do still think about it though, how these folks can support a guy who is such – to use one of his favorite words – a disaster. Just exactly who are Trump supporters anyway? Well, from what I’ve been able to glean through my own personal interactions, I think I’m quite able to draw up a list of characteristics they all seem to share:

  1. They’re white…all of them.
  2. They’re not intellectually curious. This is not a harsh statement, it’s just what I’ve observed. Now, don’t get me wrong, I feel it’s possible to have other kinds of smarts and still not be intellectually curious. Smart in business, for instance, or even in the arts. I mean, as much as I hate James Woods’ politics, the guy’s a damned good actor. But it’s clear that Trumpists just seem elementally incapable of questioning his blatant obfuscation, prevarication and nefarious malfeasance. In light of the incontrovertible evidence of his Russian involvement, they merely brush it off as FAKE NEWS.
  3. They’re all pretty racist, misogynistic, xenophobic and homophobic. Again, I’m not trying to exaggerate here. It’s just the truth. I’m not saying they’re all members of hate groups or anything, but the way they went after Obama for years is damning evidence of how they feel about black people. Some of the hateful imagery they shared on Facebook, and that eternal birther business? Please. Plus the constant sexism towards Hillary, I mean, what else would you call it? Let’s not forget the homophobia. It’s been a wedge issue for years that’s cost Democrats many an election. Even Vice President Mike Pence is a believer in conversion therapy. And, the xenophobia is well documented. Trump’s promise of a wall to keep out the hordes of raping and pillaging Mexicans was a huge part of why he won. So, yeah…they’re all of that.
  4. They’re older. Sure, you’ve got some misguided kids thrown in the mix, but the really committed supporters are mostly over the age of 35-40.
  5. They’re rural. Not many big city dwellers in their ranks.
  6. They’re entitled. They believe they’re the rightful owners of America. For years, they’ve felt disenfranchised, that their beloved country was slipping away from their grasp. When Trump said, “Make America Great Again” it was well understood that he meant, “Make America WHITE again…CHRISTIAN again…OURS again.”
  7. They love their goddamned guns. I mean, do they ever. It’s just a non-negotiable with them. They won’t even talk about gun control or restrictions…in any form. They say they’re already in place. It doesn’t matter how many mass shootings there are, how many people die or are left maimed. Nothing can dissuade them from their right to bear arms.
  8. They have no foresight. Whether it’s about climate change, clean energy, human rights, or otherwise, they are always looking back when they should be looking to the future. Take coal jobs, for instance. Trump scored high points for his promise to bring them back. Rather than invest in new, cleaner energy which would result in millions of more jobs, they’d rather stick to their black lung…working for the company store. To them, there is no Plan B. They are hopelessly stuck in the past…to their own detriment – and the world’s.
  9. They are hypocrites and vote against their self-interest. The candidates they back are all in favor of small government and against universal health care or safety net programs like food stamps. Republicans don’t believe in providing anyone with a leg up. If you fall on hard times…screw you loser! Pull yourself up by your boot straps. Of course, the vast majority who benefit from these programs are the very same people who vote against them. That’s pretty wacky. So why do they do it? Well…because of everything I’ve written in this list. It’s just who they are.
  10. Finally…they’re afraid. For all their gun toting, big talking, bravado…they’re scared. They’re positively terrified of everything…terrorists, Mexicans, smart people, black people, gays, strong women, the Hollywood elite, the FAKE NEWS media…they’re petrified of their own goddamned shadow. That’s why they love a guy like Trump. Someone who says he’ll keep the baddies out of their country. Someone who bullies the defenseless and treats women like a Neanderthal. These are Trump’s supporters…this is who they are.

So, there you have it. It’s an honest list, not intended to provoke, merely a collection my own personal observations. Do you disagree? If so let me know. I’ll always listen to an opposing opinion…even if it is dead wrong.

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  1. Lynette DeNike on

    Living in the Deep South, surrounded by Trump supporters, I agree with your whole list except that the voters are “rural.” While cities in states that overwhelmingly supported Trump are not the size on NYC, LA, the SF Bay Area, Chicago or Boston, there ARE many sizable cities in red states where Trump won by significant margins and where those people still do not realize he is a corrupt doofus attempting to create a fascist theocratic kleptocracy.

    Having spent most of my adult life in California, I have long noted that there tends to be a view from liberal West Coast enclaves and the Northeast that right-wingers in the middle of the country are largely “rural.” How I wish that was accurate! There are plenty of educated, professional, and capable individuals in cities who would not be considered troglodytes at first glance, but they could check the other nine traits on your list.

    Also, something happened in black evangelical churches in the South as well as white churches. Preachers convinced their congregations that a woman’s right to choose and acceptance of the LGBTQ communities was pure evil. There was this whole sleazy movement that dominated evangelical churches (and still does) that Trump will stamp out all the equality and freedoms that evangelicals find offensive. When a bright, creative acquaintance who is a black woman told me she was voting for Trump, I was flummoxed. My immediate words, “How can you do that? He is a racist.” She then spewed the evangelical line that I knew was happening in white churches. I was stunned that black ministers were convincing their congregations to support an avowed racist. So when you see the black vote totals for Trump in states with a heavy evangelical influence, realize that this is probably why he garnered more than a minuscule percentage of the vote.

  2. Maybe trump supporters should spend a little less time whining about how they’re talked down to by liberals and a little more time reading, thinking, forming their own opinions. They’re talked down to because they sound like idiots to rational people. Everybody has problems. Get over it and open your eyes. Trump is a billionaire who doesn’t care about anyone besides trump. On top of it he’s a liar and colluded with Russia. Anyone who calls that fake news is an idiot who doesn’t deserve being treated with respect.

  3. Dave Gibbons on

    “I’ve struggled to understand what these people see that I don’t, but mostly I think they are angry because they perceive that we have a government that doesn’t seriously seek to protect our borders, and that federal government and much of the media is populated by people with elitist attitudes who look down upon and are dismissive of their culture, faith, and values. They also don’t think government exists to solve every social problem, and resent being taxed to fund ever-growing entitlement programs. They see Trump as shaking up this system, and remain supportive despite his many faults. How long that continues remains to be seen.”

    You just listed #3 (government doesn’t protect borders) #5 and #10 hatred of what they consider the “elite” and an attack on their entitled view of the country as a Christian nation, with Christian values and #9 against entitlement programs. You also listed #1 white and #5 rural. So what is it that actually didn’t agree with?

    • They are characterized as not being intelligent, all racist, afraid, and hypocritical, among other things. I don’t agree with them, but that’s not the way I see them.

  4. I live in Oklahoma and do not support Trump, which puts me in a fairly small minority in my home state. I am dismayed by the number of friends and loved ones who seem to unconditionally support him, but with a few exceptions (agree that they are mostly white) totally disagree with the traits listed.

    I’ve struggled to understand what these people see that I don’t, but mostly I think they are angry because they perceive that we have a government that doesn’t seriously seek to protect our borders, and that federal government and much of the media is populated by people with elitist attitudes who look down upon and are dismissive of their culture, faith, and values. They also don’t think government exists to solve every social problem, and resent being taxed to fund ever-growing entitlement programs. They see Trump as shaking up this system, and remain supportive despite his many faults. How long that continues remains to be seen.

    Sure, there are Trump supports who possess all or many of the 10 traits, but if one only looks at Facebook rants to stereotype millions of people who support him, they aren’t getting the full picture.

    The whole tone of the article demonstrates the deep cultural divide that exists in our country. The author doesn’t make much of an effort to understand these people, but merely demonizes them. Do better.

  5. Somehow I stumbled across this article and it is the first one I have read from Z Review and it is absolute garbage and the writer is a moron.

  6. It sounds like the writer here should have thought this all out a bit sooner. One wonders to whom he believes he is speaking. As of now, it sounds like conversation between Kramer and Neumann in a scene from Seinfeld complete with the ‘yada-yada’.

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