If Donald Trump is right, and George W. Bush deliberately schemed with his neo-con advisers to “lie” us into a phony war with Iraq, what does that say about the average Republican voter who supported Bush from 1999, voted for him, defended him through the recount, cried with him on 9/11, agreed with him on Iraq, defended him from ceaseless liberal attacks on him during the war, defended him from Obama’s never-expiring “Blame Bush” blame-shifting, etc.?
If Trump is right, then we’re not just wrong to have supported him. If Trump’s right, we’re g**damned rubes and fools to have defended this Actual Hitler-Level Monster for going on 17 years now.
Here’s why the Donald might finally suffer some blowback:
Trump specifically and completely contradicted a belief that 75-80% of Republicans have about Bush — that he was a fundamentally decent man, perhaps overwhelmed by a very difficult period, who made an [arguably] erroneous decision based on incomplete information — and instead offered a new belief, that Bush deliberately lied about Iraq’s WMD’s, a position that 75-80% of Republicans have long not only rejected but have been actively hostile towards.
With no better reason to adopt this new claim other than that Donald Trump said it.
Trump supporters have a decision to make. Are they wrong about Trump? Or have they been wrong about disagreeing with Code Pink types for the past 15 years?
As for Republicans who hadn’t made up their minds about Trump,
Dress it up however you like, the subconscious messaging in every election is…
I’m on Your side.
He’s not like Us.
With just a few poorly chosen angry words, Trump declared a lot of allegiance to the enemy tribe, and essentially said “I’m not like you.”
But he is like Michael Moore and the rest of the far left whackos who share his views regarding 9/11, W, and the Iraq War — not that this is likely to cause his overwhelmingly negative rating with Democrats to drop.
According to Ace, Trump screwed up by attacking basic beliefs in a ham-fisted manner that does not allow his followers to agree with him without excessive damage to their egos:
Who wants to be someone else’s Thought Bitch?
Ego defense might also work in Trump’s favor. His supporters must be starting to realize that a slick-talking swindler tricked them by pretending to be something he is not. The question is whether their egos are strong enough for them to admit their mistake.
On a tip from Torcer.