I think it’s easy for Trump supporters not to see any moral issues with Trump. Trump has never been convicted of any of the serious accusations made against him, which means voters can believe they’re all untrue.
He has publicly said reprehensible things about women, but they were all his enemies. Don’t Democrats engage in fat shaming of the president? And making fun of Trump’s apparent disabilty with physical stability, after his walk down the runway at West Point?
Trump has reduced the impact of “Big Government” through executive orders to deregulate coal and other industries. He also signed a $2 trillion tax cut and increased the military budget by over $100 billion. Add in the COVID stimulus package spendings and he’s given the Republicans the leverage to cut social services programs: we don’t have the money to pay for them and therefore have to cut the deficit. You heard Republicans making such arguments after the first round of stimulus packages was passed.
The message to Trump supporters: re-elect Trump and he will complete the job of shrinking the government.
Other than “anonymous government sources” in an article in the “failing and fake news New York Times,” or from remarks not made under oath by an ousted Jon Bolton, what evidence is there that Trump was actually told of the bounty? And that it had been confirmed by credible sources.
The Trump administration is saying that the reports were deemed not credible by the Intelligence agencies and were therefore never shared with him:
“National Security Adviser Robert O’Brien on Wednesday claimed that President Trump’s CIA briefer made the call not to share with him the intelligence referencing Russia allegedly offering bounties to Afghan militants for killing U.S. soldiers.
“O’Brien, during an interview with ‘Fox & Friends,’ was asked about the bombshell New York Times report that said Trump was briefed on the bounties and that he did nothing about it. He maintained that the president ‘was not briefed.’”
Trump supporters still have plenty of reasons to still support the President and to dismiss the accusations and negative assesments as “fake news.”
Do I personally share their sense of reality?
No, I do not.
But you and Chris asked an intriguing question on “Why do Trump supporters think differently from me?” and I wanted to dig into the details to try to make sense of things and try to answer the Why.
@Chris I saw that you posted an additional chart on the increase in support for ACA among independents. I guess I would want to know of the percentage breakdown of who they voted for in 2016.
Because I genuinely don’t know if a majority of Independents voted HRC/Green, Trump, or Libertarian: if a majority of Independents voted for HRC or the Green Party, then you can’t conclude that a significant minority of Independent Trump supporters are in favor of ACA.
I think it would be useful to poll a sample of Independents who voted for Trump and to ask them if they support the ACA now four years later.
You may be right that a significant percentage of Trump Independents now support the ACA. But I don’t see it from the Kaiser provided polling data.