Let’s see. Where to start? Let’s stick to June. Early in June, Donald Trump faced a question about the upcoming Brexit vote. He didn’t know what Brexit meant. As recently as last Wednesday, he refused to comment because he hadn’t been following the issue closely.
As soon as the vote results came in, Trump claimed to have predicted the result. “I said this was going to happen, and I think that it’s a great thing. Basically, they took back their country.”
Trouble? Trump was in Scotland. Everything was different in Scotland.
Trump’s Tweet announced in less that 140 characters that he had “Just arrived in Scotland. Place is going wild over the vote. They took their country back, just like we will take America back. No games!”
Oops. Palm to forehead. Scotland’s majority vote supported staying in the European Union. Scotland recently voted to remain part of the UK, too. The Donald didn’t know that. Or – maybe he just didn’t care.
Responses on Twitter were brilliant. Brilliant, I say! Tweets blasted the man for his ignorance. (Run a search for it. I’m not going to reprint the language on my rated G blog.) But it’s not the presumptive nominee that worries me right now.
Trump doesn’t know much. He doesn’t stop to think, he doesn’t do the research, and he definitely doesn’t count to ten before he opens his mouth. He appears clueless, to put it nicely. Ignorant. Thoughtless. Racist. Stupid. Misogynist. Rude. I would hope that Americans would absolutely NOT want a president with those attributes.
And that’s where the worst comes up. Many of Trump’s followers actually like the rude and thoughtless, loud and biased candidate because they think he’s just like them. However, they’re wrong on that point. The wealthy businessman’s simpleton supporters don’t realize that the Donald looks down on them. He doesn’t like the low income folks who think he might Make America Great for them. He likes the idea of an economic crash because he, a wealthy opportunist, can swoop in and buy properties at bargain rates. Those made homeless by his actions? He won’t care.
So there you have it, readers. Our job, as progressive activists, is to educate as many of the potentially misled voters as possible. They don’t get Trump; and they don’t know that he definitely doesn’t get them.