These attitudes of "they have to be stupid and/or insane" towards Trump supporters is a part of what's got them all riled up. Tell someone they "disagree with you because they're stupid" long enough and they may just believe you: Not.
All they hear is a cathedral saying "Trust us all ye worthless masses, let us deliver you from your own ignorance". And such a stance is never going to go down well. This is why Trump Exists. He's the Nirvana of politics: There to play the discontent, a vehicle for anger with the status quo. The latter bit of the article is actually the most accurate: It's a middle finger to the establishment more than it is actual support of Trump.
Call me stupid and/or crazy, but I do kinda see the point: We can't trust trump, sure, but can we trust Hillary? He may engage in a war or two, but what recent president hasn't? etc. I do have a citation
, from the very mouth of a Trump supporter.
This reminds me of Marilyn Manson's reply to a reporter asking him what he would've told the kids who committed the Columbine massacre. He simply replied: "I would've listened to them". This is the mental inversion the larger world needs to realize: To keep calling Trump supporters idiots, despite how one may feel, has so far been entirely counter-productive. It has about as much effect as calling Nirvana fans "washouts" or teenagers "potheads": It merely strengthens their resolve. All they really want is to make a point so big that nobody can miss it: "It's time to listen to us". I wish a lot of talking heads would realise this, and have an earnest conversation about the problems with politics. Instead everyone's hands are on the same wheel steering us towards an abyss.
The problem I personally have is, a lot of the PC stuff they're against, I'm also against. Trump may be a massively stupid overreaction, but that's the reaction, and it may be more productive to accept that without invoking prejudice so that the real
problem can be addressed.
I do not hope Trump wins, but in my disagreement, I can understand.