Politico provides a pretty good summary of Trump's verbal diarrhea over the last few days:
President Donald Trump questioned why the Civil War— which erupted 150 years ago over slavery — needed to happen. He said he would be "honored" to meet with Kim Jong-Un, the violent North Korean dictator who is developing nuclear missiles and oppresses his people, under the "right circumstances."
The president floated, and backed away from, a tax on gasoline. Trump said he was "looking at" breaking up the big banks, sending the stock market sliding. He seemed to praise Philippines strongman President Rodrigo Duterte for his high approval ratings. He promised changes to the Republican health care bill, though he has seemed unsure what was in the legislation, even as his advisers whipped votes for it.
And Monday still had nine hours to go.
A friend of mine wondered on Facebook earlier today what threshold Trump might need to cross before his supporters realize he might be full of shit.
My response was that there are only two ways that is going to happen:
- He starts looking consistently weak in ways that cannot be easily blamed on judges, Congress, the Democrats, etc.
- He stops engaging with and stoking his supporters' cultural resentments.
Absent either of those, they will continue to wave away all his lies and ignorance as "At least he's not a politician" and "He says what he thinks!"
I think it is worth noting the further point that, to his core supporters, all of the appalling stuff he says and does—the blazing ignorance, the mendacity and self-aggrandizement, the incoherence and belligerence—is what appeals to them.
Further, I would bet that the criticism and negative press he gets for it only strengthens his bond with his supporters. If it infuriates the libtards, all the better! He speaks our language! Yeah, maybe he’s rich and has three wives, but at least he’s finally giving it to those smarty-pants jerks who are always telling me what to do.
I am by no means suggesting that we ought to stop being outraged by and ridiculing (endless task though it may be) the lies, idiocy, and vileness that Trump and his cronies spew, because they are outrageous, and they are ridiculous. However, we should not expect that, absent one or both of the changes I mentioned above, Trump’s supporters will turn on him.