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As it stands, in spite of it all – the lies, the scandals, the open bigotry, the 200,000+ deaths from the coronavirus, and so much more – poll after poll continues to show that the majority of white men in America still love Donald Trump. They’re sticking with him. He’s their guy.
And to me, no poll said more than Trump’s beloved Quinnipiac poll where 55% of white men said they prefer Donald Trump over just 39% who said they prefer Joe Biden. That’s not the kicker! The kicker is that in that same poll, 53% of all white men also said they believe Donald Trump is dishonest. In other words, his dishonesty is simply not disqualifying for them.
I’ve actually grown to think it’s even deeper than that. I think white men actually love Trump’s dishonesty. After all, it’s not a bug in Trump’s life and leadership – it’s a feature. Donald Trump has lied more than 20,000 times since he’s been elected. And those are just the public lies that we know of. It’s pathological. And at the point in which the majority of white men say they know he’s a liar, but the majority of those same men still back him, I’m left to conclude they love it.
I think they love that he only paid $750 on his taxes. They don’t hear that and cringe – they hear it and wish they knew how to get away with it as well.
I think they too think that Africa is full of shithole countries. They just know that they’d be fired from their jobs if they said it. And they admire him for saying it and getting away with it. I think they loved that Trump defended the bigots in Charlottesville.
I think they love the affairs and payoffs. When they voted for Trump just days after he was overheard admitting that he sexually assaults women and “grabs them by the pussy,” Trump didn’t win 30 states on the backs of white men on accident. I truly, sincerely, earnestly believe they heard that Access Hollywood tape and loved it.
They don’t love Trump in spite of his dishonesty, his bigotry, his misogyny, his non-stop scamming …it’s because of it. It’s the primary feature of his presidency. He’s a terrible leader. But it’s the kind of terrible that really is at the root of the white male version of the American dream. They don’t love him because he’s effective – they love him because they aspire to be him.
On today’s episode of The Breakdown, Shaun unpacks how Trump was able to pay so little in taxes, and why his lies don’t seem to deter his supporters.