As a liberal, what I fear most about this upcoming election is not the Trump and his incredulous and hateful rhetoric, but rather the people who support him. Watching crowds upon crowds gather at his rallies and his loud, asshole-ish arguments get overwhelming applause at debates and town hall meetings make me cautious of America as a whole. I wonder how anywhere in this country — outside the major metropolitan cities or college towns — can have such close-minded views to support a demagogue and egomaniac such as Donald Trump. All Trump has done is given a voice and legitimacy to such ignorance and hate. The people who support him are doing so out of a deep animosity and fear of one group or another. All they know is that Trump’s candidacy pisses off liberals and — from their perspective as low to middle-class, white Christians — minorities.
A huge part of me feels that Trump doesn’t even believe half the things he says, and that he is merely pandering to the frightened, ignorant masses of America. He’s being opportunistic, which in itself is disgusting (also, look at Chris Christie — who I somewhat respected for breaking out of bi-partisan lines on a few occasions — now take advantage of political opportunity and endorse Trump. Even his co-finance chair condemns him for forsaking his principals).
In any event, I’m worried about America more than ever before. The country — at least from what the media is portraying — is acting like a scared, desperate, petulant victim.
Here’s a list of videos I’ve stumbled upon legitimizing Trump’s awfulness: