Case in point. A rabid Trumper recently claimed that he supports Trump because of all of the things he has done to meet his campaign promises. On Israel - He moved the U.S. embassy to Jerusalem. He lowered corporate taxes and regulations. He secured our southern border with a new wall. He clamped down on Sanctuary Cities. He has called out "Un-American Leftists." Great, except none of that is quite true. You see, the US has had diplomatic offices in Jerusalem for decades, even though our embassy was in Tel Aviv. How do I know this? Because I've been there (more than once). The person claiming this accomplishment? Never set foot in the Land of Israel.
Second, the supporter (like most of the hypocritical GOP) used to argue the Deficit Ceiling as a tool against Obama claiming that the man was "Blowing up our deficit" all to spread Socialism (the supporter also remains a proud "Birther"). Yet now deficits seemingly don't matter when it comes to Republicans steering the economy (back into a ditch). The tax cuts Trump supporters seem to like don't have any positive effect on any of them. How do I know? Because I personally know these people and one has been living off the public dole for years while the other couldn't tell you who wrote the Constitution let alone how many Amendments there are. Neither of them could begin to explain the difference between Socialism and Communism yet they claim somehow that only "leftists" are fascists. (See: www.cbsnews.com/news/whats-in-the-budget-deal-negotiated-by-congress-and-the-white-house/).
Third, another false argument they routinely make is that the Wall is being built - except no new wall is being constructed, only areas that needed updating and maintenance are being "built". They always seem to ignore the fact that Trump promised that Mexico would pay for it. Except now Trump says he wasn't serious when he made those claims (hundreds of times). (See: time.com/5499391/donald-trump-border-wall-mexico-pay/ See also: www.politifact.com/truth-o-meter/article/2019/aug/30/donald-trumps-border-wall-how-much-has-really-been/).
Fourth, Trump has done nothing except whine when it comes to Sanctuary Cities. Suddenly Rightwingers forget the 10th Amendment when it suits them (and all Constitutional rights too). When I point out these rights exists for everyone, not just citizens, they simply think I am wrong or ignore the facts as presented.
The best one I heard this weekend though was from a couple that strongly support Trump. You see they told me that they were walking on a sidewalk and a bicyclist demanded they move out of his way. When they refused (bikes belong on the bike path - they have no right of way on sidewalks), the rider yelled they should "Go back to where they came from!" The amazing part of this story was not that this happened or that it is becoming common. The amazing part is that neither of them honestly understood why anyone would tell them such a thing. They claimed they have no idea why anyone would tell anyone else to "go back" to somewhere other than America. Even Trump supporters have been so gaslit they can't think where anyone would get the notion to tell someone to "leave" America because the guy didn't like their appearance or attitude - except we all know it started with Trump calling out opponents and telling them to leave. (See: www.npr.org/2019/07/15/741737426/in-tweet-trump-tells-congresswomen-to-go-back-where-they-came-from). Being clueless has taken on a whole new level when it comes to the idiocracy found on the Right with those that still support Trump. And the response from those I tried to educate on why Trump's promises are hollow? No response other than "I like the direction Trump is taking the country" - no other response. Even though every claim they make in support of Trump can be demonstrably proven as false, they just default back to "He's my guy!"
So even though they can be shown their support for Trump is based upon a con, they still embrace him. It always amazes me how some can't accept that they may be not only wrong, but terribly wrong. I hope I live long enough to remind these people that their positions were not only wrong, but dangerous to our democracy. America is not a country where the blind lead the blind. It's time we have our collective eyes checked so that a real vision for a future America can come into proper focus. 2020 elections can't come soon enough! Try to have a great week.