JimC wrote: ↑
Fri Apr 19, 2019 11:11 pm
Within the 63 million who voted for Tump, I agree there would be a variety of motives, including, of course, the "I always vote Republican" brigade. I think that a fair number voted somewhat naively, without quite realising the nature of Trump. Perhaps that group may be fewer in '20...
...other motives include "I want what is best for the country, and I think that Trump was the best of the two main candidates..."
Nobody in the US had any illusions about the "nature of Trump." He has been a household name here since the early 1980s. Nobody ever accused him of being a nice guy. His rep was hard-nosed business mogul who succeeded in the corrupt world of New York City real estate, philanderer, publicity hound, pragmatist, amoral -- but gets shit done. Some people like shit to get done, and care less about him being morally commendable.
Look - I wasn't originally, but I became a Trump supporter. One thing that did not change is my opinion of him as a person. He's an asshole. He is probably near impossible to work for, ruling by decree and abuse - the kind of boss that enters the building in increases the tension by his presence. Rules by fear and intimidation if necessary. Carrots and sticks. Results only. No excuses. I want X. Give me X or you will feel pain. If I get X, you will be rewarded. Then it's over, and you suck again until you give me the next thing I want. He cheats on his wives and girlfriends. He's selfish, mean, unpleasant, aggressive, conceited, gluttonous, avaricious, braggart.
“When I was in college, I took a terrorism class. ... The thing that was interesting in the class was every time the professor said ‘Al Qaeda’ his shoulders went up, But you know, it is that you don’t say ‘America’ with an intensity, you don’t say ‘England’ with the intensity. You don’t say ‘the army’ with the intensity,” she continued. “... But you say these names [Al Qaeda] because you want that word to carry weight. You want it to be something.” - Ilhan Omar