It is the proverbial “riddle wrapped in a mystery inside an enigma.” Why are Trump supporters so devoted to him?
During the primary season, Trump boasted that support for his presidential campaign would not decline even if he shot someone in the middle of a crowded street.
“I could stand in the middle of 5th Avenue and shoot somebody and I wouldn’t lose voters,” Trump said at a campaign rally in Sioux City, Iowa, back in January.
Most political pundits at the time attributed the statement to that of an arrogant, self-absorbed, narcissist who had no chance of winning his party’s nomination for president. Well, you know how that whole primary thing worked out.
Of all the falsehoods to come out of Trump’s mouth, his boast about shooting someone accurately captured the loyalty level of his ardent followers.
In an effort to understand why Trump enthusiasts are so fiercely loyal to the reality TV star/billionaire, I interviewed one such supporter, Luke Mellencamp, a rancher in Brownsville, Texas.
“Sir, I know you are a devoted Trump supporter. But is there anything Donald Trump could do to make you change your mind about him?” I asked.
“No, I know he is a good man who wants to make America great again. No, there is nothing the liberal media could say that would make me stop supporting Mr.Trump,” declared the rancher.
“What if you learned he’s never paid any income taxes his entire life?” I asked.
“If he didn’t pay his taxes it’s because he knew the government would just waste the money,” said Mellencamp.
“What if he supplied one of our enemies, like Russia, with top-secret information?” I queried.
“No, he would only do that if it was part of his strategy to defeat them,” reasoned the rancher.
“What if he’s found guilty of defrauding thousands of low and middle-income people out of their hard earned money with his fake Trump University?” I tried.
“No. If they got nothing out of going to his college, they must not have been studying or paying attention,” replied the home-schooled country fellow.
I then asked the rancher a question I thought he might find a little more relatable.
“What if Trump were convicted of bestiality with one of your farm animals?” I asked.
“Well, that goes against the good book, you know. I … I … I’d have to think about that a little,” said Mellencamp.
Finally, I found something that seemed to upset the good, God-fearing Christian!
“No. On second thought, I would say the animal was probably asking for it,” offered the cattle rancher.
Man, talk about loyalty!
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