The Washington Post has an article about Trump voters in Houston who are glad they got hurricane relief but aren’t sure the people of Puerto Rico should.
“I object. I object. They should stay where they are and fix their own country up,” Hogg responded softly, shaking his head, wrongly referring to the U.S. territory as a separate nation.”
These Trump voters crystallize two traits common, in my view, to the 36% or so that represent Trump’s core base. One is ignorance. The guy quoted here seems unaware that Puerto Rico is a territory of the U.S., and that its people are citizens of the United States. I would argue that the ignorance of Trump voters is widespread and extends to far more than geography.
The other trait is a feeling that “as long as Trump keeps giving me what’s mine, I could care a rat’s ass about anyone else.” So much for “we the people”, or a sense of shared purpose and nationhood, or even a modicum of compassion for fellow citizens struck by tragedy. Trump didn’t invent narrow self-interest, but he certainly rode to the presidency by glorifying it, and in office he’s doing everything he can to promote a sense that he’ll take care of his people, and no one else.
What a guy. And what a group of supporters. Hillary’s “deplorable” comment sounds more true by the minute.