I'm feeling reflective this morning. Someone like Trump does not rise to popularity in a vacuum. Have I ever fostered…

Posted by Kim Zoot Holmes on Wednesday, March 2, 2016

I wrote that on Facebook this morning and thought I’d share it here. I had been convincing myself that Trump supporters represent small pockets of people who aren’t able to really stay informed about his rhetoric and antics and just see/hear the main things about Making America Great again but his base has grown too wide and there’s no way they don’t know the anger he’s fostering and the xenophobia he’s promoting.

But I have no idea what to do about it. How do I contrast his rhetoric in my own home and my own community?

Let me know if you have any ideas because it’s about way more than voting now. It’s about rebuilding our communities to not fear people of color or people from different religions. To welcome diversity and to support the less fortunate. How do we build that in contrast to what he has fostered?

Also? John Green Retweeted me yesterday and I died a little.

5 thoughts on “Reflective”

  1. high five on the John Green retweet!

    I have spent time trying to imagine what America looks like through the eyes of a Trump supporter. What problem are they trying to fix that makes Trump the right answer? I find the best my imagination can do still leaves gaps because it is so far away from what America looks like to me.

  2. I know a couple of people who support Trump, and they aren’t horrible bigots who hate everyone. One of them is actually pretty liberal like me, which was a surprise. From what I can tell, they seem to think that he’ll make the economy stronger, and one of them thinks that he will be good at “making hard choices for the good of the country” whatever that means. But they are both regular people, not extremists of any sort. It makes me think that people (including me) have underestimated how big his appeal can be.

  3. I actually have a few in my circle too – although distant – and I’m wondering their response to the racist xenophobic proposals? I’m thinking they just haven’t heard them, or blame the reporting on “liberal media” which I get b/c the media does tend to swing unfair to conservatives. So I’ve convinced myself those supporters just don’t know the extent to which he’s taken some of the rhetoric.

  4. I was at a Christmas party where there were several supporters. While they all agree that the prospect of him negotiating with foreign leaders makes them leery, they still really, really like him. When I pointed out that maybe their uneasiness should make them rethink their support of him, they looked at me like I was the crazy one.

    The thing that shocked me is that we’re talking women with advanced college degrees. One is even a professor.

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