If your political tendencies disinclined you to favor the U.S. presidential candidacy of Donald Trump, you might be tempted to think that for all its initial implausibility, it’s in retrospect not that tough to explain: Trump’s doubters simply underestimated a contempt for reality and depth of bigotry among Republican Party voters. It’s an inversion of Trump’s apparent view of himself, really: His haters couldn’t comprehend how much true-believing Americans would love him for his authenticity, decisiveness, and straight-shooting demolition of nonsense.
Via Why Is Populism Winning on the American Right? by J.J. Gould published on July 2, 2016 by The Atlantic.
In recent weeks I have engaged a number of people on Twitter who hold what I would describe as absolutist views related to the Second Amendment. My guess is that I spent about 7 hours of my life devoted to the back and forth with people I quickly came to see as zealots. With that experience top of mind, I found myself reading the sentence fragment “a contempt for reality and depth of bigotry among Republican Party voters” over and over and over again. In these words I find a partial description for what I experienced on Twitter with people who most likely will vote for Donald J. Trump this November.