Replace “banana” with “personality” and you get the idea. Sometimes you wonder if they can be convinced. Sometimes you wonder if they subsist on their idea of a charismatic and industrious personality that will save them in the end. Perhaps you say that it’s a matter of “coverage.” That if enough well-written articles confront their collective consciousness they will be convinced of the innumerable errors of their ways. More media coverage won’t dismantle their beliefs. Which isn’t meant to suggest that media coverage should cease. No. I’m in favor of superficial indicators that democracy is chugging happily along.
But back to Trump’s supporters. They have an appeal to authority that has existed in U.S. politics since Lincoln (the almighty log builder), but now it exists alongside the ever-stirring froth of social media and brilliantly shining celebrities.
I don’t think they can be convinced. They are the cult of his personality, and when he fails to immediately deliver, they rely on smaller authority figures to somehow justify his existence, and when the littler figures fail to hold up their end of an abuser’s bargain, Trump supporters recline in the comfort of constantly churning tweets and facebook posts. What happens when Trump ultimately stays true to himself? Will he become one of those “littler figures” that is used to prop up another “charismatic” tent pole?
Donald T. is merely a faux-marble step on the stairway that will lead to 2020. He’s opened up the box. Now we have to look inside.