And here we go…
This Trump phenomenon is frustrating, for sure, but it’s also extremely fascinating. It boggles my mind, particularly the emotional side, which is inclined to flip tables over at the insanity of even the prospect of a dangerous bigot such as Trump becoming President.
However, simply thinking that Trump supporters are idiots and bigots is – well – far too simplistic. Reading comments around the Internet, there are people who sincerely believe in Trump’s selfless love of America and his rhetoric of putting the American people first. “He’s not racist. He just wants a temporary ban on Muslims through customs to fight terrorism.” There are people who don’t see the racist aspect of this at all. And that’s actually not too hard to believe.
I could hunch over, wrap a hoodie over my head, and immerse myself in #FeelTheBern pro-Sanders rhetoric. I could praise his radically populist glory and spend my days “liking” and upvoting everything I see of his and (equally blindly) downvoting anything that I don’t agree with. However, that’s not what The Lonely Tribalist is about. We want to further understand the other side. Politics insidiously incites division among people who would probably otherwise get along great. We want politics to be a constructive area in our lives. As conveniently incendiary soundbites fill my feed, this is something I have to remind myself: Trump supporters are people, too. It sounds silly and sophomoric, but if more people realized this when engaging in political discourse – more like “diss-course” – then there’d be a lot less in-fighting and harmful othering.
Because of this…
We signed up for the Donald Trump campaign’s e-mail list.
Very much subjectively speaking, this is going to be cringe-worthy. But it’s one of the best places to find out what seems to be so wonderful and awe-inspiring about the billionaire toupee. [Sorry, had to slide one in there.]
So with as open of minds as we can muster, let’s dive in.
[More updates to come as we receive more e-mails and conduct more social research. Because science!]
Michelle & Moose
Do you know anyone who’s a Trump supporter? Are you yourself going to be voting for Trump? We’d love to hear your thoughts below and learn more!