If I were American, I would vote for Donald Trump.
Yes, he’s scumbag. I’ve written plenty here about how he’s not a conservative, he’s not a decent or humble person, he’s a rich narcissist and unlikely to solve any of the problems the US has at the moment. I think his ideas of building a wall, deporting 11 million people, banning all Muslim immigration; canceling free trade deals… they’re all crap ideas.
And no, it’s not a lesser of two evils thing, even though Hillary Clinton is a pretty deplorable character as far as that goes… she’s the very definition of a political “insider”, guilty of corruption and treasonous behavior, enabler to her husband’s many sins and a chronic liar.
No, the reason I would vote for Donald Trump is that this is clearly not an ideological election. This is not a contest of the ideas of the right vs. the ideas of the left. Trump is not ideological, nor is Clinton. They speak to elements of their parties, but they don’t represent either party’s predominant ideology. Thus, when choosing between the two you need a different reason to pick one or the other. Character is a wash and neither truly represents a “side” in the political or cultural wars.
So, what I like about Trump is that his enemies are for the most part, people I despise. That’s pretty much the summation of my reason for voting for him. An “enemy of my enemy is my friend”, sort of deal. I don’t really want to see him as POTUS. I’m not a nihilist that wants to burn it all down and rebuild from the bottom up. But there is a group of people out there who if Trump wins, their heads would quite literally explode – and I would LOVE to see that. I would vote for him quite simply because I like the enemies he’s made. Well done.
Take for example this stupid twat, Jill Soloway, who wins an Emmy award and promptly uses the opportunity to compare Donald Trump to Hitler:
“He’s a complete dangerous monster, and any moment I have to call Trump out to being an inheritor to Hitler, I will,” she said, to applause.
Or how about when Donald Trump has the temerity to call the Chelsea bombing a “bombing” before it was actually declared a bombing. Horrors, he got it right. It’s well reported now that CNN and MSNBC edited Hillary Clinton calling it a “bombing” before the police said that was what it was. That’s the other part of the equation – most people HATE the media.
Then there’s the outrage – OUTRAGE! That Jimmy Fallon would dare to have Trump on his show and make small talk with the man. He ruffled his hair!?! Oh my God, man… would you ask to ruffle the mustache of Hitler?
Then there’s Bono claiming that Donald Trump is possibly America’s “worst idea” ever. Idiot, stick to your music. The US has had slavery, civil war, McCarthy-ism, Jim Crowe and so many other bad ideas that nominating Donald Trump for President doesn’t even make the top 20.
It’s to the point where I am reminded of this interview several years back Michael Coren (before he went traitor to the cause) and the wonderful Melanie Phillips. She starts at the 2:00 mark discussing how conservative thinking is demonized, but what he says at 4:40ish is also what Ross Douthat is getting at in this column; approximately 35-40% of the population sit at home and are beaten over the head, day after day, and told that what they believe is wrong. What they believe is not just wrong – it’s evil. They are mocked as being racist, bigoted and stupid. So, one of two things can be the outcome when a large chunk of the population is dismissed as “deplorables”; either these people surrender and “convert” or they go underground but find different ways to vent when the opportunity comes. Like the Brexit vote. Like Donald Trump. These are not votes for something. Rather these are votes to stick it to the elites that have been belittling them.
I don’t know if Donald Trump can win. It doesn’t look likely. Conceivably he could get more of the popular vote than Hillary Clinton and still lose because she’s got the black and suburban soccer mom votes sewed up in the key states. But imagine if he did. No, no – don’t imagine the nukes on North Korea or billions spent on a ridiculous second coming of the Great Wall. Worry about that later. Instead, just imagine John Oliver, Samantha Bee, Jon Stewart, Stephen Colbert, Trevor Noah, 99% of Hollywood and the mainstream press… imagine them staring aghast at the TV screen as the results roll in. That might be reason enough for me.