Trump voters are deluded into thinking he will provide for them
The most dismal aspect of Ralph Nader’s composite Trump supporters is their unwavering, unthinking obedience to so-called authority (“The Trump voter still loves the president,” Opinion, June 23). They have made him into a superhuman, divine being capable of no wrong and able to give them the lives they want — “my president.”
One Trump supporter from Michigan
told The New York Times, “He speaks his mind and because of that, he’s not going to lie to you.” Yet statistics from several sources show Donald Trump lied significantly more during the campaign than did Hillary Clinton.
That doesn’t matter to Trump supporters; they’ve tuned out the real news. They don’t have to verify his statements; none of their compatriots do. So they’re off the hook, with no need to think for themselves. Thus they sacrifice responsibility and, with it, the lives they really want.
Trump will not provide those lives. As his personal biographer, who observed Trump for 18 months in the 1980s, stated, if Trump is elected president, “the millions of people who voted for him . . . will learn what anyone who deals closely with him already knows — that he couldn’t care less about them.”
What does it say about us as a country that we voted for him?
The very model of a shady politician
By listing the peculiar and downright bizarre justifications expressed by those who voted for Donald Trump and will unfailingly continue their support for him, Ralph Nader reveals, among other things, the naivete, ignorance, and often comic effect he wanted to expose (“The Trump voter still loves the president”).
Although one can understand these voters’ distrust of the conventional politician, it remains an unfathomable (and somewhat frightening) mystery why these same people would then resort to a figure in the White House with the veracity and character of the most fraudulent and shadiest politician one could possibly imagine.
Unable to find common ground with these voters
Ralph Nader summarizes the views of typical Trump voters, and states, “They merit our attention.”
In what way? Are we supposed to respect them?
What useful dialogue can occur with those who insist that Donald Trump’s lies, abject greed, insufferable egotism, misogyny, racial prejudice, blindness to facts, and gross incompetence are marks in his favor? In no other area of life would these same voters tolerate the disqualifications for which they show such enthusiasm in the political arena. Would they not care about the credentials and training of a brain surgeon, opting instead for, say, a plumber to operate on them?
Democracy rests on a questionable assumption: that voters know what their real interests are and vote accordingly, for candidates who genuinely represent those interests. The exact opposite, however, is too often true: People vote irrationally, against their interests, time and again.
Trump sways such voters, despite being an obvious demagogue and charlatan, primarily because he promises to punish those whom they view as scapegoats for their problems.
It has been well said that in a democracy, people get what they deserve. By voting punitively, Trump supporters will bring as much suffering upon themselves as they will upon their perceived enemies among the rest of us.
Readers continue the debate online
The following is an edited sample of comments posted on BostonGlobe.com by readers of Ralph Nader’s opinion piece:
It used to be that working people would receive a living wage working 40 hours a week. That was back when only one member of the household, usually the man (or husband and father) was employed. The federal minimum wage currently remains at a shockingly low rate. Now most families have both parents working to make ends meet. . . . The Democratic Party used to fight for increases in the minimum wage. Hillary Clinton was raised as a Republican. She did not talk much about raising the minimum wage or raising the standard of living for the bottom rung of American workers. What does it mean to be a Democrat in America anymore? Who and what does the Democratic Party represent right now? (homespun) . . .
When you ask that question, take a look at Trump and the Republican Party — gutting Obamacare and straining to give tax cuts to the wealthy — and then ask, who and what does the Republican Party represent right now? Given the two choices, I’ll take the Dems every time. (saltbox68) . . .
So instead of featuring a serious and thoughtful rebuttal to all the anti-Trump and anti-Republican rants this paper usually publishes, it instead chooses to publish a snarky and satirical list of perceived qualities a “Trump voter” is assumed to value in this administration. What is the sense of having a coherent debate or conversation with people who may have other political leanings, right Boston Globe? I’m not a fan of President Trump, but I sure am sick of all these shallow and arrogant takes on people who may not hold liberal political views. (user_4331303) . . .
Once again, Ralph Nader is the smartest guy in an empty room. The only thing funnier than his sarcastic column is the idea that a third-party candidate can win an election. (GringoPRico)