Dear Trump Supporter-Part 2
Dear Trump Supporter,
Welcome to my blog where I’m trying to understand the world we live in. And why you are a fan of Donald Trump.
I saw something really interesting on the TV news the other night. It was amazing, actually. A PBS reporter at the Iowa State Fair was interviewing several Democratic presidential candidates and their supporters, and, in the spirit of fairness, he also interviewed a Trump supporter. This fellow being interviewed, “the Iowan” I’ll call him, seemed like a really nice person. You know, middle-American, middle class. He spoke well and seemed pretty intelligent. When he was asked about Donald Trump he said, “I like Donald Trump.” He paused and smiled. “He’s just a guy. He’s not a politician. He’s just a guy, a guy like me.”
Now, this took me totally by surprise. “A guy like me.” I’m trying to understand how on earth he could think Trump was a guy like him. Anything remotely like him.
First off, Trump is a billionaire (well, we think he is, but we’re not sure, since for some reason he is afraid to release his tax returns). And being a billionaire pretty much takes him out of the “just a guy” category. So, how could the Iowan think that a billionaire was like him? The Iowan didn’t look like a rich person. Just average, maybe.
Secondly, Trump was born and bred in New York City where he learned the tricks of wheeling and dealing in the big city real estate trade. And his residence in Trump Tower is furnished with gold gilded furniture. So how could the Iowan think Trump’s life was anything like his? Or that Trump would know anything about the Iowan’s lifestyle or even care about it?
Thirdly, Trump wears ten thousand dollar suits and has platinum-blond hair styled to look like a helmet. As I recall from the newscast, the Iowan was dressed in a T-shirt and had sort of normal brown hair. So, again, he thinks Trump is like him how?
Fourthly, Trump has over the years cheated on his various wives and been accused any number of times of sexual misconduct. I can’t speak for the Iowan, but, really, he didn’t seem the type for that sort of activity. Not at all.
And one more thing. Trump has decided to make Twitter his mouthpiece for attacking people, all sorts of people—world leaders, politicians, war heroes, the media, his own staff, anybody who doesn’t agree with him. He attacks viciously and often, like a wild dog chained up too long. The Iowan, on the other hand, didn’t have that sort of vibe. He seemed very pleasant, like a really nice, attractive person, a guy I wouldn’t mind having a beer with. So, you can see why I’m struggling to see the similarity between him and Trump. Why does he think he and Trump are simpatico? I don’t get it.
Friend, maybe you are like the Iowan. Do you think Trump is "just a guy," a guy like you? If you do, please explain it to me. I’m truly trying to understand it. You can comment at “Leave a Reply” below. Don’t be shy, it’s easy.
Thanks for your input.
All the best to you and your family,
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