In America? It must be Donald Trump. Obviously the left distrusts Trump, if their frothing rants and warnings about him are any indication, but oddly on the right, even on the so-called ‘far right’, people who say they are supporting Trump almost always preface their remarks by saying ‘‘First of all, I don’t trust him. I’m voting for him but I don’t trust him.” Surely this is an odd situation.
Is there really such a widespread distrust of Donald Trump even among those who ”support” him and say they are voting for him? Or are people, having become so cynical in these times, covering themselves in case Trump proves to be a disappointment to them, or if he turns out to be a washout eventually (which looks somewhat unlikely as of now)? Most of us don’t like to admit we made a bad judgment or that we were taken in, so maybe people are signaling that they are not easily fooled by saying ”I don’t trust him”, right up front.
Any ideas on this?
Personally I haven’t followed Trump’s career. I may be one of the rare people who never saw the TV program in which he was featured. Could his persona on that TV series have anything to do with this cynicism about him, or the antipathy he inspires on the left and the ”respectable right”? Correct me if I am wrong, but I gather that his TV persona was that of an abrasive, tough boss. which he may well be in real life. But aren’t many TV reality shows anything but real? Most, reportedly, are scripted and played up for sensationalism or dramatic effect; reality shows are not reality.
I don’t have a real preconception of Trump as a human being. Maybe he is tough, ruthless, abrasive, or any other similar qualities which we usually associate with the successful businessman, especially one who becomes a billionaire.
The very fact that Trump is a very wealthy man and a celebrity turns off many Americans, even conservatives who supposedly don’t object to people attaining vast wealth. Leftists hate the very rich, except when they have the correct politics, like George Soros or the late Maurice Strong, or Al Gore, the slumlord, or Bill Gates, the champion of minorities.
When I lived in the New York City area Trump was in the news constantly, especially in the ‘gossip’ columns because of his domestic/marital troubles but even then I didn’t form a hard opinion one way or the other about him. Apparently most people did.
The fact that people are supporting Trump despite their statements of distrust surely says something. Maybe it only says that the other choices are so dismal and so beneath our consideration that we are willing to gamble on someone in whom we lack real faith. That’s my situation. The other candidates are non-starters. End of.
But still I find it puzzling, and quite honestly, a little tiresome to read ”I don’t trust him, but…” so often.
It’s always a leap of faith, isn’t it? I think in order to commit to a candidate, we have to make a choice to place our faith in him. “The double-minded man is unstable in all his ways.” I’d like to see people be somewhat more resolute and single-minded about their choice.
The undeniable fact is that there are certain subjects, immigration being first and foremost, that would not even be seriously discussed in this election cycle were it not for Trump. The other candidates, including Rafael Cruz, would not be taking a tough approach or going beyond the usual platitudes or doubletalk were it not for Trump setting the standard. So he deserves full credit for that.