That is what a Trump supporter said to me recently, and it got me thinking. Her point seemed to be that it’s too bad Trump can’t do what he promised because the media and the Washington establishment won’t let him succeed. The implication I took from this conversation is that she’s given up on him, but not blaming him. If he becomes seen as a martyred loser by his own supporters he’s done.
Meanwhile, a look back at how he got here: Fears of Cultural Displacement Pushed the White Working Class to Trump
Whenever talking to in-denial Trump supporters who live in yesteryear I often think of the irrelevant, impoverished and out-of-touch patriarch in Chekov’s “The Cherry Orchard” who defended his misplaced significance saying something like, “I’ll have you know we are mentioned in the encyclopedia.”
Or, as Oscar Wilde said, “I sometimes think that God in creating man somewhat overestimated his ability.”