The Saddest Thing About Trump: It’s Not Him They Love

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I’ve suspected for some time that Trump’s base remains so loyal less because of the man himself than because of what his ascendancy has allowed them to do and say, at long last.

Steve Bannon pretty much said that this week, crowing about how Trump was following his master plan, bullet point by bullet point.

“It’s like my white board’s there and Trump is checking shit off,” Bannon told Vanity Fair. “Trump is on the full MAGA agenda.”

Banished, but havin’ a ball, right? Cause he’s getting what he wants — no, what he needs, actually. Not just politically but emotionally, people.

That, in the end, is the answer to that perplexing question we’ve been asking since 45 was elected:

“Why did the people who had the most to lose vote to allow Trump to snatch it away from them?”

It’s not that hard to understand, really. I mean, they’re kind of like those oft derided if possibly mostly mythical poor folks who finally hit that big Bingo jackpot and buy a loaded pick up truck they may have to live in, instead of paying their rent or the electric bill.

It just feels so good to finally have enough money to do something like that, right?

There’s your answer. Trump is that damned truck you know you shouldn’t have bought, but fell in love with when it “vroom, vroomed” so loud and proud.

They can’t fight the feeling. They just can’t.

But even the fat cats are feelin’ the same thing. Or something even better. Look at the grin on Sessions’ little Keebler elf face as he announces his latest atrocity. Watch how Giuliani does that weird thing flies do with their “hands” as he spins his latest lies — Nosferatu, too, right? The way holds hands.

They’re lovin’ this. All of ‘em.

See, they haven’t bought a new truck, they’ve bought themselves a whole country. Or rather, a man who’ll hand over the keys and let ’em drive it into the ground if they want to as long as they tell him what a “stable genius” he is. And that orange is the new white.

He’s rolling back all the rules and regs, just the way they’d hoped. Getting rid of all that messy socialist shit Roosevelt started and a lot of this newfangled nonsense, too.

Global warming? Feh. Affordable healthcare? Tsk. Social Security? Medicare? Let’s loot ’em. Guns? Let’s shoot ‘em.

And let’s show those English, French and Canadian snobs, those pretty boys Macron and Trudeau, what’s what, too, while we’re at it.

We can even show those Iranians and North Koreans who’s boss. They all hate us anyhow. Randy Newman was right.

The evangelicals and other devout “Christians” are even getting the Supreme Court they need to overturn Roe v. Wade. They’ve already been given permission not to make gay cakes or dispense contraception to sinners. Trump’s adultery and other sexual escapades? Well, King David. (Google it, ye of little faith.)

Sure there’s scarier stuff going on in Trumpland, too. The “Russian election stealing thing.” The Alt Right and tiki torch Nazis. Muslim bans and Mexican babies in cages — unimaginable horrors crawling out of the swamp he swore he’d drain.

But the base holds fast. The polls stay stable on the Republican side. There are fewer avowed Republicans all of a sudden, though.

And Bannon also told Vanity Fair that, “ The Republican college-educated woman is done. They’re gone. They were going anyway at some point in time. Trump triggers them.”

So there’s hope for us snowflakes. As long as those pesky Russian hackers don’t shut down the power grid right in the middle of the November elections. They demonstrated how well they could do that in the middle of one of Trump’s meetings, probably to reassure him that they really could do it.

Spooky, right? But it’s all worth it, you see, to some folks. Even the ugly stuff.

Yup. Our boy 45's being used. By Bannon, his base , a whole passel o’ people who have been waiting for decades to find a Trojan horse to hide in.

And the poor man thinks it’s him they love.

Oh, Donnie. What a rude awakening this is going to be. Hopefully soon.

Mueller! Dude! What’s taking you so long? Michael Cohen can’t do it all by himself…



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Cynthia Dagnal-Myron

Cynthia Dagnal-Myron


Award-winning former features reporter for the Chicago Sun Times and Arizona Daily Star, HuffPo contributor and author.