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Feb 29 2016

The Anger of Trump Supporters: Is It Even Real?

They say Trump’s candidacy has gotten this far because the voters are angry. But if Matt Walsh is correct, this anger is as phony as the Donald himself:

You say you’re angry about the corruption in Washington, but you support a slimy swindler and fraudster who boasts of his bribery schemes and makes no apologies for shamelessly exploiting political corruption for personal gain.

You say you’re angry about illegal immigration, but you rally around a guy who supported amnesty as recently as 2013, employed illegal immigrants, and donated millions of dollars to open borders politicians like Rep. Nancy Pelosi, Sen. Chuck Schumer, and Hillary Clinton.

You say you’re angry about the establishment, but you worship a candidate who said only a few weeks ago that “you got to be a little establishment” in order to get things done, and who admits he “was the establishment” right until he ran for president.

You say you’re angry that Republicans won’t fight, but you hail as a warrior the same guy who says he’ll happily “work with the Democrats,” which probably explains why Sen. Harry Reid praised him and Jimmy Carter called him “malleable.” It is not uncommon for me to hear from Trump fans that they’re angry at “GOPe” Republicans for “cutting deals” and “compromising” in one breath, and in the very next that they want Trump because he’s really good at cutting deals and compromising.

Right down the list, you are blithely embracing every single thing you say you’re so angry about. Trump is … precisely the sort of man you supposedly detest. Trump is exploiting America’s frustration with men like Trump. Trump is running against Trump. You are voting for Trump because you hate Trump. You are angry at politicians because they act like Trump and make deals like Trump and go to cocktail parties with men like Trump and look down on the little guy like Trump and possess the integrity of Trump, and so your solution is to elect Trump. Your anger at Trump leads you to Trump. Perhaps this explains why you’re so worried about politicians who are “controlled by donors,” but you aren’t at all concerned about a politician who is the very donor you didn’t want controlling the political process. “I’m sick of these donors influencing the government! I have an idea: let’s make one president!”

Why do Trumpsters support the personification of everything they claim to be angry about? Is it because they are stupid? Walsh doesn’t think so. He embraces the only other possible explanation: they aren’t actually angry.

Your anger, to whatever extent it exists at all, is surface level. It’s a purely emotional experience, fed by a mob mentality. You’re angry in the way a rioter or looter is angry. Your temper might be flaring and your heart rate jumping and you might be filled with the uncontrollable urge to break a window, but underneath that anger is really something much closer to boredom and apathy. You don’t feel a real, intense, profound, deep and meaningful disgust at the corruption and malfeasance in Washington, because if you did there is simply no way you would support a man like Trump. …

I don’t believe your anger. I think you want a spectacle, not a solution. A celebrity, not a statesman. A circus performer, not a leader. I think you want to be entertained. I think you’re not taking this seriously enough.

But the situation will be plenty serious if this publicity stunt gone awry results in Trump getting the nomination, securing the election for Shrillary. When the opportunity to put a Reaganesque conservative in the White House is snatched away for frivolous, foolish, self-indulgent reasons, patriotic Americans really will be angry.

His sideshow act of a campaign could produce some genuine anger.

On a tip from Troy.

  • formwiz

    For God’s sake, it’s getting silly.

    Only the disciples of the One True Ted are mad about the state of this country?

    Everybody who’s for Trump is a closet Hillary supporter or something?

    You people really need to get over yourselves.

    Especially since some of you are now saying you’d vote for Rubio if you thought he had a better chance.

  • MAS

    Now that’s a bullseye.

  • MAS

    “For God’s sake, it’s getting silly…”

    Now that’s a funny statement right there.

    “You people really need to get over yourselves…”

    And even another! You too funny.

  • JeffersonSpinningInGrave

    I am less angry at Trump supporters than discouraged and saddened. I had come to hope for better from Americans. We need to pull back government as close as we can to constitutional limits to solve our problems. But Trump just thinks he can run the bloated beast better than the other a-holes. Maybe he can, and it would at least be an improvement to have an imperial president who has Americas best interests at heart (assuming he does; hard to tell).

  • Wilberforce

  • Stephen

    “You say you’re angry about illegal immigration”

    No, we say we’re angry about illegal and legal immigration. I became leery of Cruz when I saw he was talking about raising H1Bs by 500%, and I became serious about Trump when it became apparent that Jeff Sessions was guiding him. Now that Trump has the endorsement of Jeff Sessions, he’s unquestionably the best candidate in the field on the most important matter of the day in my view.

    “You say you’re angry about the establishment…”

    Trump is establishment gone rogue. What’s so hard to understand about that?

    etc., etc…

    The only bigger dumbass than Matt Walsh on the conservative side of things is his boss and mentor Glenn Beck.

  • Artfuldgr

    Donald Trump has been coming under fire for retweeting a quote from Italian
    fascist dictator Benito Mussolini on Twitter–and it turns out the
    whole thing was an elaborate setup by Gawker.

    In a Sunday post on Gawker’s website, the news
    organization explains how one staffer created a Twitter bot account that
    periodically tweeted out quotes from Mussolini and attributed them to Trump.
    The account has tweeted multiple times a day, only at Trump, since December
    2015. (Its photo is a picture of Mussolini photoshopped with Trump’s

  • JeffersonSpinningInGrave

    I put Trump and Rubio together in a pool of candidates who have some things going for them, but also have serious flaws (from my perspective). Either would be worlds better than Clinton or Sanders. Cruz is indeed my first choice among those currently on offer. He has flaws, too.

  • J.j. Cintia

    You cuckservatives better wise up fast. We’re mad and we’re not taking it anymore. Seeing Americans kicked out of work for cheap peons from other countries to enrich these globalist scum is NOW OVER. If you want to be a “citizen of the world”, then take a walk across the border, cause you’re not welcome here. Multiculturalism, diversity and your rancid rat farm “global village” have two choices. Get out or BE REMOVED.

  • MAS

    “Trump is establishment gone rogue. What’s so hard to understand about that?”

    For a cynic of the establishment you seem very easy to convince. No doubt at all about the veracity of Trump, none?

  • JeffersonSpinningInGrave

    It is wise to disbelieve pretty much everything you read right now without checking into it first.

  • Stephen

    What makes you think I was easy to convince? Yes I’ve had a great deal of doubt about his veracity. But he’s consistently shown a willingness to burn some very big bridges along the way, those aren’t trivial actions.

  • MAS

    So could Trump be scamming his followers right now?

  • politicallynaive

    the difference between Trump working with the democrats is that he will deal from a position of strength unlike with the Boehner’s period where there was a lot of bluster and nothing happens and never they acted from a position strength and were afraid of bad PR. In other words r republicans never stood their ground and wilted after a little pressure.
    Trump is not the type of Wussy the republicans have been.

  • Stephen

    It’s a hell of a scam if he is, but yes it’s entirely possible. I see a lot of little things to indicate that he’s very genuinely and sincerely pro working class and middle class America. For all the bombast and bravado, when it comes time to interact with the man on the street there’s something very genuine there. Moreover I don’t think there’s any doubt that he’s a patriotic american, and that’s a fair sight more than you could say about our current president or the ugly twat that he’ll be running against.

    But the important thing is that even if it’s an act, he’s made such a deal of ‘building the wall’ that his ego will force him to do it. Phony or no, there will be the Great Wall of Trump on our southern border and that’s the most important thing to me.

  • Well, it’s Trump or anarchy. Do the math.

  • ramrodd

    The fact that a given person is holding or seeking high-level public office is, in and of itself, proof that said person is morally and/or psychologically UNFIT to hold public office.

    So… Paul Ryan.

    Yeeaah. You know how you coulda seen YEARS IN ADVANCE the fact that Paul Ryan is a lying psychopath who would gleefully assrape his own grandmother, or an entire planet of grandmothers, for a nickel?

    The Barnhardt Axiom.

    You realize this applies every bit as strongly to Trump too, right? Tell me you are not so stupid as to believe for one second that Trump would actually do ANY of the things he is talking about. He’s just smart enough to know what y’all want to hear, and is saying it. You know how I know that Trump will never follow through on anything he is saying?


    Remember, the only thing that actually WANTS to be in a cesspit is a PIECE OF

  • mo

    That’s the gist.

  • MAS

    Ignore the Texas part and insert your favorite politician…and yes it could be possible that Trump or any others could fit.

  • MAS

    All the cars we have ever bought were sold to us by very sincere guys who seemed to have our best interest in mind. They were all very genuine…right up to the point where I wrestled their price down by a few thousand. Then the sincere genuine attitude went right out the window. In the Trump team here I see a used car salesman’s wet dream.

  • Stephen

    I’ve bought cars too and I can readily distinguish between the scam artist and the guy that’s not out to rip you off, perhaps that’s just the advantage of life experience on my part.

  • MAS

    Well I guess we will all find out soon enough. My life experience has taught me never to trust salesmen and politicians but to carefully do my homework long before making the big decision. I still await the zero hour as I surely do not trust a single one of them enough to hop on a web site I don’t agree with and join in with all the other trolls.

    Democracy; Where everybody gets what the majority deserves.

  • Stephen

    There’s potentially a false dichotomy between “absolutely trust” and “this guy is a con artist”.

    The most important question in this election in my view is “which candidate is mostly likely to build a wall on our southern border?” And I mean build an actual tangible brick and mortar wall, not try valiantly to cause one to be built but fail because of the evil machinations of leftwingers.

    It’s not who do you love the most, it’s not who is the best christian, it’s not who has the purest of pure hearts, etc….

  • eskyman

    There’s a fuming rage in this article, but it isn’t coming from Trump supporters. Maybe you ought to look up “projection.”

    Yah, I know, by accepting the label of “Trump supporter” that leaves me open for people like you to call me names: I’m angry; I’m stupid; I’m not taking things seriously; if I wasn’t so ignorant maybe I wouldn’t be such a jerk; etcetera ad nauseum.

    Well, you can keep on enabling those rock-ribbed “conservative Republicans” that have you so enthralled, and you can keep on wondering how come you always get screwed when they immediately “assume the position” and kiss Hairy Reid’s butthole every chance they get. Maybe you get off on hearing Nancy Pelousy laughing at how easy it is to screw over Republicans; I don’t find it funny. I also don’t find it funny that there’s only ONE candidate who sticks to his guns about stopping the flood of illegals, but that’s what we have: Trump who wants to build a wall; Rubio who will say whatever you want to hear but who won’t ever stop immigration; and Cruz who I’d like to believe but don’t (if his wife wasn’t a globalist of the highest rank I’d feel a lot better about Teddy.)

    So far it’s been amazing to me how many websites I used to enjoy have gone over to the Dark Side in attempting to derail Donald Trump. I’m getting used to the irrational, over-the-top rhetoric, but I sure wish that you’d argue honestly instead of pulling this left-wing shut-down-the-opposition-at-all-costs crapola which makes you sound a lot like Daily Kos. But if that’s what you want, keep on truckin’ (we used to say, “it’s a free country” but that was long ago.)

    Go Donald Trump! Make America Great Again! (And then I’ll rejoice!)

  • calmly_observing

    My view, the short version: Talk radio and conservative internet sites have for 7 or more years fanned the flames about impotent pols in DC, even the most conservative/Tea Party folks. I’m not saying that is wrong.

    No one in the existing elected class was able to prove they have the will power to change that. The current governors running did nothing to tap into the festering anger. They simply touted their elected class credentials and executive prowess.

    The people already in DC have done about the same. They don’t sound any different than they did when they originally were elected. Who’s to believe them now?

    The other non-politicians just didn’t show the same brute force. Trump has taken what talk radio, et al, created and completely owns it. That’s why the response seems almost purely emotional and without logic in some ways. There is nothing totally conservative about Trump and his positions may not survive their current state throughout the general election. But he will everybody who gets in his way, even once elected. That seems to be all many of his follows want right now.

  • MicahStone

    Uh Oh – Walsh has now made him upset !!!!!!

  • JeffersonSpinningInGrave

    “…if his wife wasn’t a globalist of the highest rank I’d feel a lot better about Teddy.”

    Yes, that bugs me too. But, despite that, if you look at the voting record and his statements (even with some glitches), Cruz has pretty consistently been on the right side in my view. Even when it hurts him politically (e.g., facing an Iowa corn farmer and calmly explaining why ethanol mandates and corn subsidies are bad for America).

    As for Trump, I am pretty sure he isn’t a globalist. This is a huge plus. He’s also proven that he can run a large business and turn a profit more often than not. Another big plus. But, in the past, he has been a willing participant in much that I absolutely hate: Crony capitalism/payforplay/eminent domain abuse/financial support of the leftist agenda. I believe Trump when he says that he has supported leftist pols and policies to gain some later benefit. But that doesn’t help his credibility in my book.

    Then, I look at who is endorsing the candidates. Yes, you have some genuine conservatives I respect throwing in with Trump. But also progs like Harry Reid and Jimmy Carter. And GOPe types like Chris Christie. What would drive lefties to prefer Trump? I’m as sure as I am about anything that they don’t want what we want. So, either 1) they think Trump is more likely to lose in the general, or 2) they prefer him. Either way, giving your enemies what they want is rarely a good move, even if some or your allies are on board.

    So, put suspicion and unease regarding Cruz against the fact that Trump is a crony capitalist who is preferred over Cruz by the a-holes who are ruining this country. The balance swings to Cruz for me.

  • trump soon president

    Trump wants to bring jobs back and opposes free trade and will build wall. Canada turd crud and little punk rube are funded by ayn randist movement conservative free trader sociopaths donors who think its great jobs are leaving the country so you are full of drap.

  • Tostig

    Yep. Me too. 7 years spent on and off at Tea Party rallies, talking to others about the constitution and the imperative to reclaim our country in line with what the Founders had in mind. Only to find out those exact same people are now hell-bent on voting for a man who could not be more contemptuous of limited government, balance of powers, and civil discourse. It’s like they all woke up one day and said “Fuck it.” Whatever unicorn they believe Trump will bring us as a present is just a unicorn. He has no magic answer for the issues of jobs and the middle class. Building a wall and then letting the illegals enter legally will not even knock a chip off the iceberg of the problem. Banning Muslims wholesale from the US will never, ever happen. It’s all bluster and nonsense. And the simple fact is that he would get crushed in the general election. Then we can all spend 4 years under Hillary complaining about how the election was stolen, or Americans are stupid, or whatever. Geeze, what a waste. So demoralizing.

  • JeffersonSpinningInGrave

    Yes, wasted opportunity. We can only hope we get another.

  • JeffersonSpinningInGrave

    There have been a few that have come close to doing everything they can within the limits of their authority. And are hated for it, both by the left and their enablers in the GOPe. Ted Cruz, though not perfect, is one of those. Trump might also earn the honor of being thoroughly disliked by the people who are ruining the USA. I hope so, since it’s looking like he will be our alternative to Hilary.

  • calmly_observing

    I think you are right about Cruz and a few others being hated and ostracized. But unfortunately it isn’t getting them the same attention and votes as it is getting Trump. That crowd that has been energized by talk radio, etc., are much more happy with Donald.

  • Chocolate&Cheese

    ROFL. 101 ways to confess your ignorance, or to admit you are an establishment shill.

  • Chocolate&Cheese
  • Chocolate&Cheese

    Thank you thank you thank you. After Dole, GWB, McCain, Romney, and now JEB! the GOPe’ers are doing everything to destroy everyone who isn’t a DC insider. The uniparty is laid bare. DESTROY IT.

  • Chocolate&Cheese

    Heh, a Barnhardt reference. You buy any of her spatulas?

  • Ed. G. Mann

    Who cares! What Trump is doing is tearing apart one of the most corrupt political organizations. As Sen. Jeff Sessions said, “Kill the Oligarchy.” Do you like being ruled and run by people with money, determining what you may do, when you may do it and where?

  • Dolan Trump

    And Tom Tancredo, another immigration warrior probably even more strident than Sessions, has endorsed Cruz, amongst other good voices on immigration. Cruz will have the best cabinet and advisors you can imagine. Trump has said over and over his rich, liberal, business buddies “who are really really smart” are going to be his advisors.

  • Joyce Routt

    Hey! You telling ME I’m not angry? I’m 63. I have watched the country being *$&% OVER by politicians of BOTH parties since I was 19 and Ronald Reagan was President. I have watched the unions destroy American companies. I then watch as the Bushes AND the Clintons joined butt boys with the multinationals CEO’s and shipped all our jobs overseas to punch up THEIR big portfolios. Our schools, have become fascists prisons. The last Wall Street fiasco, enriched the big boys (along with Bush’ and Obama’s help) and screwed the little guy. The dollar is worthless.
    And don’t even mention our taxes. Now, they get to watch our every move.
    I am a white person, and I have watched for years as white people have struggled while the black people who mostly work for the government live in $350,000 dollar homes, NOT far from Ferguson. (I live here) You didn’t see those rich blacks on TV, did you? No.
    But I walk their neighborhoods, which make the white neighborhoods look like a poor’ man’s cottage. Nobody gets the scam of the politicians.
    The blacks have played the extortions card to the MAX. And so have the Hispanics, and the Muslims. To keep themselves in power, they just print money and buy the votes. But…who will pay it off?
    You think Ted Cruz is going to save the country? Well…send as many conservatives as you like to D.C….Scalia didn’t save us from Obamacare and Cruz won’t save us from much anything else. The fight between the GOP and the DEM makes too many people TOO much money. In the end, nothing happens.
    It won’t matter who runs against Hillary, they will see to it she wins. She’s been picked. If you think that’s a lie, then you have not lived long enough.
    In the meantime, we are ruled by judges, and social engineering on our favorite sitcoms. Muslims are really good. White people are stupid, and men are wimps. Gays trump everything…and the races must start mating. The most popular program on TV, the Walking dead, is getting us ready for what? I wonder.
    As George Carline once said: it’s a elite club, and you and I aren’t in it. And by your short piece I can see, that you are nothing but what you have read….and probably…young. I suggest you go TALK to some Trump supporters.
    But…stand back.
    I’m pretending to be mad? You could only wish. YOU have no idea.
    So yes, I’m voting for Trump. And if that drives you crazy, so be it.

  • Johnny Monday

    You were 19 when Regan was President, and you’re 63 now? Well, that’s as truthful as anything Turmp has been spouting.

  • Johnny Monday

    Trump won’t do any of those things. He won’t even try.

  • Johnny Monday

    And a lifelong NY liberal is better than any of those RINOs? Please try to think critically just a little bit.

  • Johnny Monday

    At least you live up to your screen name.

  • Chocolate&Cheese

    And a lawyer who has never worked in the private sector married to a mf’ing Goldman Sachs banker is better? Lol. Look I’m all for cruz and prepared to be disappointed. Because he will be an utter disappointment assuming his campaign doesn’t implode in the next two days.

  • trapper2013

    Good catch. I had to think. Reagan was my first presidential vote. I was 20′ now I’m 55. I guess unless she voted for him as governor.

  • AnalogMan

    Why are you publishing these moonbat droppings?

  • waicool

    i’ve enjoyed the moonbattery site until trump arrived and exposed all of the sociopaths herein. i’m calling it self-sploadie

  • MAS

    Are you talking about Trump? Sure sounds like it. Dang that Kool Aid must be tasty and strong…

  • Ed. G. Mann

    I was referring to that clot of rot called the GOP (include the Donks too). So far Trump hasn’t inserted himself into that festering pus pocket called Wall Street.
    If/when he does, I’ll include him then.

    Attempting to include him by extension is a fallacy. But here’s a cute cartoon speaking to your muppets.

  • JeffersonSpinningInGrave

    Yes, it seems to be that way. I hope we are not witnessing another instance of the triumph of rhetoric over substance.

  • calmly_observing

    There is a kind of hopey-changey feel to Trump’s words. But the more that politicians like Sessions put their reputation on the line to endorse him, the more comfortable I get that he will tether his positions sooner rather than later. Perhaps after today, he simply bypasses most efforts to compete in the primary and starts to aim only at Hillary. Then things maybe get more settled.

  • JeffersonSpinningInGrave

    Aye, we’ll see.

  • MAS

    Cute, thanks. I think almost as highly of you. BTW I don’t actually have a candidate yet. You Trumpsters are doing a great job of winning me over though. Keep at it and you may even convince many of us to pass voting for him if he gets the nomination. Great job but I suspect that’s plan B for most of you Trump trolls…get the conservatives to not vote.

  • Ed. G. Mann

    According to what I hear from the GOP elite, many Congress members too, is that they plan not to vote if he wins. Now that really in shoving the gun down the front of your pants and pulling the trigger.

    That should tell you how much they care about who is in power. They’ll screw you, tattoo you and then stew you in that pot with all the other peon voters they profess to care about just before the election and give you the colonoscopy the day after.

    It ain’t Disneyland. Fairy tales don’t come true, just nightmares.

  • Scott Doty

    Unions are the backbone of America and without them the middle class will die, as is has been since Reagan!

  • Ed. G. Mann

    If what you say is true, explain why members are getting out, membership has fallen from where it was to less than 15% of the workforce and more states are becoming “Right to Work” states.

    At one time Unions did play an important part in worker welfare; that was long ago. Now unions are nothing more than a slush fund for the Jackass Party.

    Unions along with the CoC and big business are looking for more illegals; big business for cheap labor. The CoC is working with them. The unions see them as a source of dues from people afraid to open their mouths less they get fired. The union will make it abundantly clear, make noise, you’re out. Pay and shut up.

    With the changes in low wage jobs, line mechanization and now more robots taking over menial jobs, union days are numbered.

    Faster please.

  • Dr Why

    I’ve said for years that Republicans are stupid and Democrats are evil. Could there possibly be a more vivid demonstration of that than this election?

  • MAS

    Old news actually. Been on that train of thought for about…well, since Reagan actually. I just don’t believe the Trump can’t be bought and is pure as the driven snow that’s all. He gets no more cred than any of the others from me. Dude has to EARN it and you Trumpsters sure are not helping.

  • Ed. G. Mann

    There seems to be a bit of miscommunication here. First my pooch in this fight is to kill the GOP, that corrupt sack of rotten fat men. Second, I am not a Trumpster (he’ll do as a vehicle) to accomplish the first.

    Rubio and Cruz are lightweights; listening to those muppets reminds one of a couple of second graders in a “My father can beat your father” screaming match.

    The commenters here need to realize that Trump, Kasich, Carson Cruz or Rubio are shadows being moved around to attract and keep your attention. When the voters didn’t buy Jeb, that got them worried.

    Trump and Carson they cannot control. Those two are a direct threat to their power. Why do you think Rubio and Cruz were told (yes told) to carry on as they did. that pair have taken money, they’re bought.

    Stop and think about all that will be lost by the corruptocrats if Trump or Carson become POTUS: Political access, lobbying power, control of the Fed, Cabinet positions with the accompanying whispering in the ear to influence, Judgeships and countless patronage jobs.

    Now think about they listened to the pissant voters after the election compared to the promises before said balloting.


  • MAS

    “Why do you think Rubio and Cruz were told (yes told) to carry on as they did. ” (sic)

    Source? I am not in any camp at the moment but agree the RNC establishment is as big an enemy as the DNC, maybe even bigger. The contested issue is whether The Donald is your weapon or the Clintons…just like Ross Perot was. Chose your instrument wisely.

  • Ed. G. Mann

    Both candidates were extolling there positions and jabbing at Trumps positions. Both simultaneously began the same vitriolic attack on Trump which heretofore was not how they campaigned. the RNCC is beside themselves; their plan to have Jeb win the primaries by taking enough delegates in each to amass a winning number.Epic fail.

    Voters are balking at the establishment candidates and Cruz and Rubio, unfortunately for them are just that. Both of them have taken donor money, thus get told how high to jump and how long to stay up there. Then there is the matter of the voting records.Noise, flash and footwork to distract from Trump’s message.

    Trump isn’t Perot, who never held a lead at any time. The GOP screwed the pooch. That puppy is now preggy with a pit bull.

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