16 Feb, 2017

About that press conference…

(Read the transcript on the New York Times website.)

So that thing was pants-on-head crazy, right? I mean, wow. I wish I had something smarter to say about it, but I’ve been thinking about it all day and that’s the best I’ve got. It was just nuts. It defies my ability to quantify.

Here’s the thing, though: I’ve been reading reactions to the presser all day, and if you were a Trump voter? You thought it was fantastic. And that? Scares the shit out of me.

I’ve been trying to wrap my head around the idea of thinking that press conference was a good thing. What goes on in the mind of someone who watched that and thought everything was great? Who listens to the wildly incoherent word salad Trump spewed for over an hour and applauds?

I’m not trying to denigrate anyone, by the way. I honestly don’t get it.

See, I heard a mentally disordered person raving away about an election he already won, using obvious falsehoods to bolster his madness. To me, Trump sounded delusional, dishonest and angry. But apparently that’s not what a Trump voter heard, and that blows my mind.

I saw a lot of folks on Twitter going on about how they were “finally being heard.” Trump supporters seemed to think that 1) Trump was speaking for them, and 2) that they were some kind of silent majority that were finally having their views aired.

So, okay, some numbers. Just a hair over half the voting eligible population actually voted in the 2016 presidential election. About 55% of all voters. About 26% of that 55% voted for Trump.

Now, you can’t assume that the whole 26% were dyed-in-the-wool MAGA Deplorables, because plenty of folks will just vote for whomever their party is running, no matter who it is, without putting much more thought into it than that. So some fraction of that 26% just wandered in off the street, punched the Republican ticket, went home to dinner, and then got up the next morning and thought to themselves, “Huh. Well, I hope he doesn’t screw up too much.”

Which means that less than 26% percent of the voting population watched Trump’s press conference today and cheered. I do take some comfort in that thought.

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