B.J. Bethel

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#NeverGonnaGiveUpTrump: Trump’s base support is holding, not slipping – why?

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Glenn Reynolds, the writer of the blog Instapundit and a law professor, did his best to throw prose behind the assertion by President Donald Trump that the Obama administration wiretapped his phone during the 2016 election.

Citing National Review knucklehead Andrew McCarthy, a former prosecutor and now the lead embarrassment at the former hallowed publication since John Derbyshire is no longer employed, Reynolds pieced together a diatribe beyond credulity.

“Watergate brought down a presidency, but if the worst suspicious here are borne out, we’re dealing with something worse.”

Reynolds isn’t speaking of President Trump, who is already facing calls from his own party to be investigated by a special prosecutor, he’s talking about Barack Obama. I could break down why the assertion is idiotic, but that would be the point of why it was made – to waste time, brainpower, air and create a bizarre narrative straight from Alex Jones and the worst of Info Wars and the White Nationalists of the Alt-Right and Fake Newers. It’s information warfare, from the Breitbart/Alinsky/Ron Burgundy school of propaganda. Projection, redirection – step two was Wikileaks. The CIA! Framed the poor Russians by God! Trump, at Mar-A-Lago every weekend, in search of the real hackers one round of 18 at a time.

Trump was a B-celebrity so no surprise his Presidency is a B-movie thriller that isn’t thrilling, but transparent as saranwrap.


I was at a neighborhood store, listening to a conversation behind me. Two middle-age men, nice enough, smart enough, talking a variety of subjects, which turned to guns, a subject I also find interest in. I shoot, I’m not bad at it, I enjoy it. Then the conversation took a turn I’ve heard too many times to calculate.

“Did you know there are 72 ISIS training camps in the country,” one digressed to the other, “I heard there are three in Virginia, some more in West Virginia and a couple in Ohio.”

“They get support from the government.”

“Oh yeah, I believe it.”

Welcome to the information age, the progenitors of the world wide web said. For a time it was, if you were looking for information. You could find the entire Orwell catalog for free. You could play card games with three people from three other continents. There was porn, more porn, and fantasy sports.

Then came Web 2.0, and 3.0, and 4.0, and Zuckerburg and Twitter, and here we are, where those standing on the shoulders of engineers and coders before them (who probably worked for a living at one point or the other) created the perfect weapon to crack a society that’s lost it’s social connections, it’s economic security, and it’s faith.

Donald Trump’s approval rating is at 41 percent – actually up a bit from the middle of February. RealClearPolitics poll average has him at only negative 5 points.

This is after Darrell Issa called for a special prosecutor, after John Kasich went to the White House to plead for a sensible healthcare reform, after conservatives wanted a complete repeal of the law, despite the medical industry spending trillions over nearly a decade, changing the infrastructure of 20 percent of the U.S. economy – that doesn’t go away. Not to mention the connections to Russia that forced one high-profile resignation, and is leaving the White House with empty offices and no one wanting to fill them. But it’s purity the base and conservative media want, and it’s purity it gets.

Despite Trump’s constant fumbling, the constant leaks, the war against the press and the First Amendment, the immature behavior on his Twitter account, reacting like a teen actor on Nickelodeon when dissed by a co-star. The Don’s approval with Republicans and Republicans Leans stayed in the 80s

After all that’s happened, up to March 6, Quinnipiac has Trumps approval among Republicans at 91 percent.

The Jong family can’t get a 90 percent approval rating.

Trump is the realization of 30 years of conservative media and a rabid base of baby boomers, he’s not a voice for them, he’s their voice. Not as a group, but a singularity. His scream of conscience blathering makes him considerably easier to identify with, not some stuck up wad of Ivy League (ironic). He’s a vicarious incarnation of 30 years of well-hewed resentment, boiled like in a pot.

Saying no to a politician is easy, even one of your own party. It finally happened to George W. Bush, and it wasn’t the Iraq War or Katrina, though they had their part. Republicans abandoned him over his immigration plan and his selection of Harriet Myers to the Supreme Court, who was considered too moderate. Shortly after his approval dropped to the 20s.

How does one part with their own voice? They can’t. Most of Trump’s voters thought “What the hell, why not,” pulled the lever and went on their way, but for the true believers, who prefer “we’re a mess” to “Yes, we can,” it’s a surgical procedure that is too difficult to endure.

Until his base turns against him, Trump won’t be impeached. He’ll continue his present horrible media and policy strategy, dreamed up by Steve Bannon, The Architect of falling upward. His entire administration will be dedicated to culture warfare and nothing. When the gig is up, it will be swift and painful, but the question remains if Trump is another impure charlatan or a bad idea and a bad vote. That determination will show whether or not the party has been cured of its Breitbart.



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