The Mindset of Ordinary Folks Who Support Trump

An article in The New York Times this morning reports on interviews with Trump supporters in northern Florida. “I’m just glad he’s standing his ground during this witch hunt,” is a typical remark. The author of the article comments, “I’ve been in this state for almost a decade, yet its politics still surprise me. Fox News tag lines come out of real people’s mouths.”

Years and years of listening to the likes of Sean Hannity and Rush Limbaugh and to regurgitations of their spiels by friends and acquaintances who have been overexposed to them have taken a terrible toll. The mindsets of millions of people may have been permanently altered, as if their brains had been taken over by by malevolent aliens. If Trump is ousted in the 2020 elections, most of these people will believe that it was an deep-state coup.