Explaining To Rachael Maddow How It Was That Donald Trump Ran Off With The Republican Party

This is what the liberal MSNBC host said with astonishment about the Republican Party: “What is amazing is the Republican Party that picked him, [Trump].

Now Rachael is noted for being one of the smartest political commentator/hosts on television, but obviously she is not all that well-read on human psychology, at least when it comes to dealing with mass movements in the fields of religion and politics, fields of study that are emotionally identical. (Indeed there is little difference in the emotional responses of a tent revival and a political convention.} I suggest, Rachael, that you read the True Believer by Eric Hoffer.

Look, my dear, as you clearly know the Republican Party has been functioning for many decades as a political front shilling for Wall Street, basically pushing tax cuts for the corporate class and some sort of trickle down economics that even one of the better Republicans labeled voodoo economics.

So, natural, because there are so relatively few super rich that would normally vote for such programs, the GOP has had to resort to dog whistling bigotry and xenophobia to select groups in order to secure victory at the polls.

And so over the years the Republican base has massively outgrown the crowd it was meant to serve, but in actuality does not believe in. The base is mostly a collection of misfits and know-nothings looking for a real leader to represent it.

Trump simply saw that the party base was ripe for the taking and said thank you very much. And of course Trump’s timing was perfect as the Republican Party’s cranks are in large measure among the “new poor;” see The True Believe for a definition of the “new poor” and how it can destabilize a nation.

And yes, Rachael, you are quite right to study the Nazi/Hitler thing. Trump copies that playbook verbatim.

Jim Ridgway, Jr. military writer — author of the American Civil War classic, “Apprentice Killers: The War of Lincoln and Davis.” Christmas gift, yes!

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