Can anyone explain what is an eternal mystery to me: why does he maintain unshakable support from his base who adores him?
There is an excellent documentary of James Carville consulting on a campaign in a Latin American country where the lower half of the population is in poverty. The country has regular turnover over their elected President, each one promising to do better than the next. But never following through on their promises.
This is the direction we are heading in: neither the Republicans nor Democrats have followed through on significantly improving the lives of Americans.
So why does Trump’s base support him so faithfully? Here’s my reasons.
Bill Clinton gave away millions of good paying manufacturing jobs when he signed NAFTA in 1993. Most of the factory jobs that remain don’t pay as much. (Senator Biden voted in favor of it.)
Trump said it was a horrible law that cost American jobs. Trump promised to replace NAFTA with a new agreement and he made good on that promise.
Illegals are taking away jobs
They used to be called “Illegal Aliens” for illegally entering our country. The mainstream media has engaged in Orwellian double talk, hiding this important distinction of legal versus illegal immigration, by now calling them “undocumented immigrants.” Our country is overrun with over 11 million living illegally in our country, lowering the wages for blue collar jobs.
Trump promised to protect American jobs and build a wall. The construction of the wall has already begun, another promise made and kept.
The economy was doing amazingly well until the Chinese lied about the seriousness of the coronavirus. Which means that companies were doing well for the past four years under Trump and workers therefore had jobs.
The President has made it clear that it isn’t his supporters fault if there lives are shit. It’s their enemies in the media, the Democrats, immigrants, the Deep State. Don’t underestimate the value of having someone else to blame when your life options suck.
Dead End Lives
Forty percent of Americans don’t have $400 for an emergency. Seventy percent don’t have a college degree when non-college required jobs are shrinking and the real wages are less than the previous generation of workers. And no real government safety net if you fall compared to the rest of the world.
Trump gives them hope in a similar way that Obama and Sanders have with their campaigns.
From that perspective, the racism condoned may be part of the larger scapegoating dynamic of needing someone else to blame. Meaning address the underlying economic issues and the White Nationalism contingent loses its influence.
Note: Amy inflammatory language used above does not reflect my personal views: instead it was an attempt to communicate what I believe are the views of many of his supporters.