People who believe Trump and believe in him seem to do so absolutely — which is a little scary when it comes to any elected official, more so this one who seems to lie without even thinking about it. The Washington Post has an article in which Trump supporters in Tom Price’s old district are interviewed re their thoughts on Trumpcare:
“The mental health counselor, a native of Sweden who became a U.S. citizen in 2004, calls herself “ultra-conservative” and strongly supports the president. “Trump wants to put something together that’s actually going to last and work for everybody,” Caswell explained. “To do that, you have to start over. That’s what they’re doing.”
She said the protesters’ concerns about people with preexisting conditions losing coverage are unfounded because, surely, Trump would never allow such a terrible thing to happen to people who need help. “That’s definitely one of the things he’s going to make sure they fix,” she said, referring to the Senate bill. “I’m sure Trump has scratched his head on that one a lot.”
Someone else interviewed expresses great distress that she has a $40 co-pay to see her doctor, and she is waiting for Trumpcare to give her cheaper premiums and lower co-pays but more and better care.
The Republicans in Congress have the votes to pass Trumpcare if Mitch McConnell leans on them hard enough, which he will. That means the burden of this cruel bill is going to fall hard on a lot of people, including Trump voters. Will their belief in him falter in light of their real-world experience? I’m not sure. Richard Nixon held on to 30+% of Republican voters all the way through Watergate and his ultimate resignation. History shows us that grifters and con men hold on to a lot of their true believers, simply because people are loathe to admit they’ve been duped.
I read another article yesterday morning by David Leonhardt in the New York Times that said millennials simply aren’t voting, less than 20% do so in federal elections. They don’t support Trump, and his actions will have effects on their lives that will last generations. But they don’t vote. Older voters who believe in Trump are voting, even though he’s going to pull the rug right out from under them.
Our democracy, as we all know, is in a real mess.