The selective outrage and the double standards of the mainstream media is undoubtedly pushing more voters to support Trump.
There are many interrelated reasons why people voted for Donald J. Trump in 2016. They were Republicans. They were anti-abortion. They thought he would appoint judges and justices more to their liking. They disliked Hillary Clinton.
If you talk to these people many will say that Mr. Trump was not their first choice in the GOP primaries.
An additional reason that people will give for supporting Mr. Trump which was less interrelated with the others was this: A segment of the Trump voters chose for someone they perceived as a fighter who would push back against their adversaries – those in the media, the universities and the upper levels of the Democratic Party who marginalized them. Their betters. The cool people.
Those who in another century the German theologian Friedrich Daniel Ernst Schleiermacher (1768–1834) called their “cultured despisers.”
These voters were early supporters of Donald J. Trump.
They perceived men like George W. Bush and Mitt Romney as taking insults from Democrats with a turn-the-other-cheek attitude when an aggressive response was required to outright lies and bullying.
They recall that Democrats at the top levels – Members of Congress, Senators, leaders of the Democratic Party and even Vice Presidents – routinely referred to President Bush with unsubtle Nazi allusions. Some said he lied to get us into a war where thousands of American soldiers died. (Donald J. Trump made the same allegation.)
Mr. Romney was accused of felonies and racism by leading Democrats – or, as Vice President Joseph Biden said to a black audience about the former governor of Massachusetts: “He wants to put y’all back in chains.”
They remember Jimmy Carter who rose to power in Georgia in the 1970 election through the use of racism attributing opposition to President Obama’s programs to … racism.(Does it take one to know one?)
The Trump voters remember Candidate Barack Obama telling a San Francisco fundraiser about people in small towns in the Midwest:“…they cling to guns or religion or antipathy toward people who aren’t like them or anti-immigrant sentiment or anti-trade sentiment as a way to explain their frustrations.” They recall that the President referred to his grandmother who raised him after abandonment by his white mother and African father as a “typical white person.”
Then of course there is the comment from Mrs. Clinton that in a close race may have cost her the election about the “deplorables.”
These voters had heard enough about George W. Bush’s “compassionate conservatism” and they wanted someone that would fight back against what they perceived as a culture stacked against them.
So they trended toward a thrice-married brash and vulgar New Yorker who was from that very culture and enjoyed the fight.
These voters have also received validation that they made the right choice.
We refer of course to the cases of Roseanne Barr and Samantha Bee.
Mr. Barr 65 in her latest sitcom has been identified with Mr. Trump. She recently tweeted a comment about Mr. Obama’s adviser Valerie Jarrett which suggested that she was the child of an ape. The tweet can only be interpreted as hateful and racist.
It did not matter that Ms Barr took down the tweet, that she blamed it on her taking of Ambien or that Bill Maher had a similar riff about President Trump complete with a photo or that her television show was doing well – ABC canceled her show within hours. Ms. Jarrett called it a “a teaching moment.”
Except that it wasn’t.
Within a day Ms. Bee 48 offered up on television a scripted line that had been taped earlier on her comedy show labeling President Trump’s oldest daughter a “c-nt.” The audience cheered. Ms. Bee went on to suggest that Ms. Trump try to get her father to change a policy by sexual behavior – yes, toward her own father. TBS, the distributor of Ms. Bee’s show has not canceled it.
Nothing in this post should be read as a defense of Ms. Barr. Nothing should be read as criticism of ABC or TBS, two private sector companies that must make decisions in their business interests.
But Trump voters have been reminded of why they think they need Mr. Trump fighting for them.