Or, we might say, trying to understand the mindset. And now we repeat this question from Part One : "How could Donald J. Trump, a man with a plethora of character flaws , who surely will go down in history as one of worst presidents to ever occupy the White House, have so many staunch supporters?"
That is very difficult, if not impossible to answer, but we are certainly going to delve into this issue and try to determine what motivates these individuals to lock themselves into being hardcore Trump supporters.
We'll start with a general definition of a mindset. Here is a very good one from developgoodhabits.com: "In a fixed mindset , people believe their qualities are fixed traits and, therefore, cannot change. These people document their intelligence and talents rather than working to develop and improve them." They have a great tendency to lock in initial opinions.
Next, from mindvalley.com. And noted psychologist Carol Dweck: "People with a growth mindset feel that they can learn anything or acquire any ability if they put in enough effort. These people don't let setbacks stop them."
It sure doesn't take a lot of deep thought to conclude that, in this discussion, we will be specifically be talking about the first definition, not the second.
So let's make this observation. That 40% of Americans, who we keep hearing will vote for Trump no matter what, are largely Caucasians, mostly males. Also, many are religious people, called Evangelicals. So when we talk about mindsets in this context it should be understood that it will include Evangelicals. And, we might say that all of those in this group share the same thinking, they all worship Trump.
Speaking of Evangelicals, the ones that strongly support Trump do it because they agree with him on certain issues such as abortion, immigration, same-sex marriage, and various others. The question would seem to be is: how could these people of faith tolerate Trump's anything but Christian behavior, much of which we will discuss below?
In this exploration, we will use a process in which a statement will be made about Trump's behavior and actions followed by what seems to be the general attitude of these hardcore supporters on the subject or issue.
*There was that "Access Hollywood" video in which Trump and Billy Bush were having great fun discussing women and how easy it was to seduce them, and Trump said, "I don't even wait. And when you're a star, they let you do it. You can do anything. ... Grab them by the pu**y, You can do anything."
Trump supporters: well, maybe that is a bit crude and kind of nasty but, as we know, boys will be boys, sometimes they are just naughty.
*At the July 2018 Helsinki, Finland conference , when Trump met with Putin of Russia a reporter asked him if he believed his US intelligence agencies or, rather Putin, relative to the Russian meddling in US elections in 2016. He didn't hesitate to say, "Putin says it's not Russia, so I don't see any reason why it would be."
Trump supporters : President Trump simply doesn't trust these intelligence agencies or the FBI and says they are a part of the "Deep State." He has called their leaders passive and naive saying "Perhaps Intelligence should go back to school!" We have faith in him and agree with what he says about the intelligence community.
*Making fun of a disabled reporter: at a rally in South Carolina in November 2015, Trump, who disliked something a reporter had written said in a mocking tone, "Now, the poor guy you ought to see the guy: 'Uh, I don't know what I said. I don't remember,'" Trump said, as he contorted his arms in an apparent imitation of Kovaleski, who suffers from arthrogryposis, a neurological disorder that causes involuntary and rhythmic shaking.
Trump supporters: he wasn't intentionally making fun of this guy, he was just joking. Those at the rally took it as a joke, why is there a big fuss about it?
*Southern border immigration, children cruelly separated from parents, put into cages: The Trump administration's horrific decision in 2018 that separated untold numbers of immigrant children, including very young ones, from their parents when they tried to cross the Southern border. Many of these kids were thrown into cages, were denied showers, clean clothing, and hot meals. This was simply inhuman, barbaric.
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