In a very profound way the great divide in America comes down to those who can live with the uncertainty that truth, facts and science lay bare — those whom Trump disparaging calls the nation’s elites — and those simple folk who can’t abide such random uncertainty. With this latter group, I’m taking mostly about Millions of American Christians whose sense of wellbeing and purpose depend almost exclusively upon the proposition that loving and believing in Jesus Christ is the way to eternal life in heaven, a future existence that they passionately believe will far exceed any earthy pleasures they can ever hope to experience here on earth.
The very fact that elites seem not to share a need for such certainty terrifies much of the fundamentalist Christian community. And therefore because their top priority is to maintain their insulation from life’s unpleasant realities they see a leader like Trump who thumbs his nose at truth and reality not so much as a lying con man, but rather as a Godsend come to smite those heathen elites that threaten their very essence of existence.
Therefore anything that elites support by word or deed, even ironically no matter how much it seems to reflect the philosophies and teachings of their lord savior, they love to see Trump put it down in the most disparaging terms possible. This is the basis for Trump’s political Teflon, when he speaks about him shooting someone in the middle of 5th Avenue and not lose a single vote.
Indeed, Trump may be a moronic, know nothing failure in most regards and a Putin operative, but he does understand and is without a doubt a pure genius when it comes to motivating the minds of true believers for the benefit of his own self-interest.
And since the Republican Party has in the last thirty years been building its base on religious true believers well suited to Trump’s mountain of lies (about 35 to 45 percent of the county’s electorate), the Donald feels fairly confident that Republican politicians can not afford to turn against him in decisive numbers. Alas, he may be right.