There are Four Kinds of Trump Supporters

Which group do you belong to?

Barry Lyons

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As of this date, October 27, 2020, we are one week away from the presidential election. Well, I should say we’re one week away from ending the election, as early voting has been going on for several weeks now. With one week to the finish line, this much we can say with some confidence: Things aren’t looking so hot for Trump supporters (I’m prepared to gulp these words), and while Vice President Biden appears to have the upper hand, surprisingly, in several “battleground” states and localities, what interests me most these days is understanding why anyone would vote for Trump especially after all the country has been through during these past four years (almost five if you include the ravings from the campaign trail). Who are these people? And with more than 20,000 lies to his credit, how come this fact doesn’t turn more people off? Now, it’s tempting to consider voters as all falling into one category — you’re for Trump or you’re against Trump — but a closer look reveals there are, broadly categorized, four types of Trump supporters. So let’s get to it, Trumpers: What kind of Trump supporter are you?

a) You’re ignorant. It’s hard to make nice with this word. It’s harsh — or at least that’s how most people take the word and how it’s flung around: “You’re so ignorant!” To put a more welcoming spin on it, the word really only means that you’re not in possession of some information that could change your view. There is evidence to support the claim that wearing a mask does help to prevent the spread of the Covid-19. There is evidence to back up the claim that Obama’s first inaugural crowd was bigger than Trump’s. The shame of being ignorant can be a temporary thing — “Wow, I can’t believe I didn’t know that! Thank you for telling me!” — because this is where education, which includes embracing science, comes in. However, given the hatred that many Trump supporters express—the middle finger to the camera, the “fuck your feelings” T-shirts — a desire to know more about anything seems furthest from their minds when anger is underscoring this ignorance. Translation: when one embraces a fact, one tends to (or ought to) calmly accept it as a reality instead of fulminating against it. Ignorance of this variety has been with us for some time. When shouts of “Get your government hands off my…

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Barry Lyons

Not a fan of sports or religion. I guess that makes me a bad American.