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And I have to agree that most of his "base" probably don't. Trump learned early that its not what you actually do in office that matters, but how you emote and what you are seen to be trying to do.

So Trumps shenanigans over the wall matter, even if less than a mile is actually built. I recall reading analyses that his supporters didn't actually expect the Mexicans to pay for it and will settle for more anti-Mexican rhetoric and some trade restrictions to vent their hostility.

Trump's base is about emotional satisfaction, and his rallies supply that. Even his failures - mirroring their own - will just feed their paranoia that "the elite" is against them and increase their identification with him. Democratic angst and anger is grist to their mill.

Trump hasn't actually done much, except appoint lunatic judges, pass tax cuts for the wealthy, and tear up trade and disarmament agreements none of them understand anyway. So long as the economy holds up he is safe, providing the authoritarian strong-man image and tribal leadership they crave. A war would actually help his cause, and failing that, lots of disputes with foreigners.

And all the while the USA is in relative decline...

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by Frank Schnittger (mail Frankschnittger at hot male dotty communists) on Wed Apr 10th, 2019 at 10:00:55 AM EST
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Trump supporters are all about ressentiment:

a psychological state arising from suppressed feelings of envy and hatred that cannot be acted upon, frequently resulting in some form of self-abasement

They are Right Wing Authoritarians who desire to be told what to do by a Social Dominant - Trump - as long as he feeds their need to have THOSE PEOPLE!, i.e., anybody not them, hurt in some satisfying manner.

 

She believed in nothing; only her skepticism kept her from being an atheist. -- Jean-Paul Sartre

by ATinNM on Wed Apr 10th, 2019 at 03:12:24 PM EST
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The Trump voters I know are a long way from feeling conned.
by asdf on Wed Apr 10th, 2019 at 03:55:33 PM EST
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And they won't, unless they lose their jobs or their businesses lose a lot of money. Even if he loses a war. De Nile is more than a river in Egypt...

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by Frank Schnittger (mail Frankschnittger at hot male dotty communists) on Wed Apr 10th, 2019 at 04:11:26 PM EST
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They're mostly retired, living off Social Security and Medicare and TRICARE (military version of Medicare). Most of their energy is spent in complaining about all the lazy young punks who are getting government handouts, and about how the libruls are ruining 'merica. Especially AOC; it is amazing how fast she comes up in conversation.
by asdf on Wed Apr 10th, 2019 at 04:48:02 PM EST
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Well she is a young, female, Hispanic, librul, New Yorker with attitude. Everything they hate...

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by Frank Schnittger (mail Frankschnittger at hot male dotty communists) on Wed Apr 10th, 2019 at 05:32:44 PM EST
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Everything they fear: the loss of WASP privilege.
by rifek on Sat Apr 13th, 2019 at 11:33:26 PM EST
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Nah. The Martha Stewart-Ralph Lauren Rule applies: Anything you can do I can do better. See?

Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.
by Cat on Sat Apr 13th, 2019 at 11:55:08 PM EST
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My observations are, they are delighted by him disrupting "The Establishment" and, more startling, have abandoned purported fear of "deficit spending".

Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.
by Cat on Wed Apr 10th, 2019 at 04:23:34 PM EST
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Only because they trust Trump to 'do the right thing'.


"It is not necessary to have hope in order to persevere."
by ARGeezer (ARGeezer a in a circle eurotrib daught com) on Wed Apr 10th, 2019 at 05:36:04 PM EST
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Deficit spending was never a problem for GOP administrations - Cheney:  Reagan proved that deficits don't matter. We won the mid-term elections, this is our due.

It was only ever a stick for Republicans and Democratic centrists to beat libruls with.

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by Frank Schnittger (mail Frankschnittger at hot male dotty communists) on Wed Apr 10th, 2019 at 05:45:13 PM EST
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This true.

Both parties have enjoyed deficit without impugnity (by the press) until Budget Control Act of 2011.

Remember that? heh heh heh. And the Super Select Committee "sequestering" this program and that program, the "ceiling" and the "suspensions". O, the confusion this caused! And how Miss Nancy endorse "pay-go" restraint on ... whatever it is that the DLC disapproves of, including national health insurance, but not DOD budget, because.

That's all behind the liberal liberals and the conservative liberals now.

Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.

by Cat on Wed Apr 10th, 2019 at 06:04:47 PM EST
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Fox Business issues correction for botched Trump approval poll
The Georgetown Politics poll, as featured on Fox Business network's "Lou Dobbs Tonight," showed a 58 percent approval rating for Trump's handling of the economy and a 55 percent overall approval rating for the president.

However, the 55 percent figure actually represents the number of respondents who said they hold unfavorable views of Trump. According to the survey, 41 percent have a favorable view of Trump. Of those polled, 52 percent disapprove of Trump's job as president, compared with the 43 percent who said they approve.

## Mental disorder is a communicable disease.

Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.

by Cat on Thu Apr 11th, 2019 at 08:33:16 PM EST
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Because they'll never blame him for not bringing the jobs back.  "It's all cuz o' them Dimcrats and so-shul-ists, just like Fox and Rush and Alex say."
by rifek on Sat Apr 13th, 2019 at 11:20:18 PM EST
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