Hating Trump Isn’t Working

[cross-posted via HuffPost]

Despite his unprecedented unpopularity for any modern president’s first 100 days Trump’s voters are unfazed. Asked if they’d vote for him again, 96 percent said yes. Only two percent regret their vote.

At first glance, of course, it’s easy to dismiss that number by saying ‘Oh that’s just his base, not surprising.’

But we’re talking about 96 percent of all voters who elected him. Indicating that he’d likely win again. Not all of his voters are part of his core base, the rally-goers and other diehards you’d expect to stick with him.

I had assumed there would be more slippage at the margins, among the less committed Trump voters who were holding their noses on Election Day. But 96% would vote for him again? That’s higher than I expected. I expected that kind of number only among his core believers.

This goes to show that trashing Trump has minimal effect on his voters beyond his base. It suggests that hating Trump won’t stop him, unless a lot of Trump haters who were absent in 2016 show up in future elections. It means that Democrats will need to significantly boost turnout to overcome Trumpism.

The more Washington elites trash him (especially the press corps) the stronger he gets. That’s how much they’re hated. And it sets up a scenario for him where anything that goes wrong he can blame on Washington and get away with it. So long as he is seen fighting the status quo, with or without results.

Trashing Trump appears to be ineffectual because his voters are convinced the system is rigged against him — and them.

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Lost At Sea: A Vivid Metaphor for Trump’s America

By eProf2, a Trail Mix Contributor

July 17th is “wrong way Corrigan” day in Texas. Douglas Corrigan crossed the Atlantic Ocean and landed in Ireland although his flight plan had him scheduled to land in California. Roy “Wrong Way” Reigals picked up the loose football in the 1929 Rose Bowl and ran for all he was worth into the wrong end zone for a touchdown for the other team. Defensive end, Jim “Wrong Way” Marshall, of the Minnesota Vikings did the same thing in a professional football game in 1964.

Throughout their lives, these three men (and many more) were forever known as “wrong way.” Move over gentlemen, the USS Carl Vinson will be forever known as the “wrong way” aircraft carrier.

By now, just about everyone in the world has heard of Donald Trump’s message to North Korea about sending an “armada” to the Japanese Sea to threaten the Kim Jung Un regime should they continue developing nuclear weapons. The world held its breath as the president of the United States said he was sending an aircraft carrier with nuclear weapons, as well as nuclear armed submarines, to use if necessary in retaliation for a North Korean attack anywhere in the north Asian region.

Top Trump administration officials, including the Secretary of Defense, the Director of the National Security Council, and the White House spokesman, lent their voices to what sounded like an eminent military event; namely, the stationing of mobile nuclear weapons in the Sea of Japan. The armada would be there in two or three days to off-set the optics of military weapons of Kim Jung Un on parade that same weekend.

The problem, of course, was that the US Navy either didn’t get the word or Trump and his minions forgot to tell the carrier group to change course and go north immediately from their Singapore area position. Instead, the “armada” sailed the wrong way south toward Australia, for a joint sea operation with the Australian Navy.

South Koreans, Japanese, even the Chinese, were left bewildered and feeling that a key component of their security was not only missing but heading the wrong way.

The US Navy wasn’t very happy about this either. The whole affair left them looking like they, too, were just another part of the “keystone cops” in the White House. As of today, the carrier group, led by “wrong way” Carl Vinson, is still not stationed off the coast of North Korea. Ironically, it might arrive on station around the 100th day of the Trump administration.

The “wrong way” affair will have lasting implications for more than just sending an aircraft carrier in the wrong direction. Who will believe top officials when they say anything about any policy without asking themselves what is the truth? Only true believers and the gullible.

If there is a lasting image of the first 100 days of the Trump administration, it will be a photo of the USS Carl Vinson heading in the wrong direction.

The whole “wrong way” affair is an apt metaphor for the Trump administration thus far in the governance of the United States. Flip flops on promises, reversing long standing policies, the failure of the health care repeal and replace, the Muslim ban on travel to the U.S., will surely be remembered in the first 100 days of this administration.

But, will the “wrong way” USS Carl Vinson be soon forgotten? Not in the long pages of the history books. After all, they still celebrate “wrong way Corrigan” day in Texas more than 78 years later!

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Dropping Bombs Is Not A Strategy

If dropping bombs for the hell of it was a winning strategy we wouldn’t have lost the Vietnam War …

  • So Trump drops a $16 million bomb just to prove he can? Even Fonzie sez “Whoahh!”
  • Why the ominous emphasis on biggest “non-nuclear” bomb dropped? Crawl under your desks kids. These people are freaking insane.
  • This ridiculous Trump Administration feels like Rocky & Bullwinkle jumped the shark.
  • Trump’s latest hissy fit bomb cost us $16 million.
  • Trump’s Afghan blast: Nothing like a useless Hiroshima plume of smoke to delude knucklehead Americans into victory mode.
  • Trump Afghan policy after 16 years of a failed war: Grind it to glass and pretend we won.
  • What is it about dropping bombs that makes Washington establishment feel so important? SAD!
  • US drops mega-bomb on Afghanistan, Alexander the Great sez, “Good luck with that. Didn’t work for me either.”
  • Interesting how quick we learn we dropped a bomb, but how long it takes, if ever, to find out whether it did any damn good.
  • These Pentagon show bombs that do nothing useful are like Super Bowl commercials, exciting and forgettable.