I’m about Trumped out, meaning that I have nothing left to say — except maybe this (and some other things): Lately, I’ve been thinking that Trump supporters remind me of Clinton supporters. Both Bill and Hillary Clinton supporters.
For years, it frustrated us conservatives that, when you pointed out some blatant untruth perpetrated by either Clinton, their supporters would simply shrug. They wouldn’t defend the untruth — the lie — necessarily. They just wouldn’t care. They would say, “You would take away a woman’s right to choose,” or something like that.
This is a small item, in the scheme of things, but, at the most recent Republican debate, Trump flatly denied telling the New York Times that he wanted a 45 percent tariff on Chinese goods. “It’s the New York Times. They’re always wrong.” The Times had it on tape (as Andy McCarthy said in this post). Dead to rights.
The response of Trump supporters, so far as I can tell from Twitter and the like? Complete indifference. Not a hint of embarrassment.
Any other candidate would be in a spot of trouble if caught in that kind of contradiction. But the rules are different for Trump. People — even his opponents — say, “That’s just the way he rolls. That’s Trump being Trump. Truth, schmuth.” He enjoys a fascinating exemption, which is a huge asset in his campaign.
This is what I meant by condescension, in a column last week. People don’t expect Donald Trump to behave like an adult, to say nothing of a responsible contender for the American presidency. Which should insult Trump and his supporters, if they thought about it.
The support for the murderous Putin? The grotesque insults of McCain, Megyn Kelly, Carly Fiorina, Ben Carson, et al.? The physical mocking of a handicapped person? Shrug, shrug, shrug. Which is what the Clinton people have done for eons — since 1992.