Millions Of People Don’t Believe A word Trump Says And Think He Is Crude But Love Him Anyway — Why?

I know I write incessantly about ego, but it is so often the key to why average folks do what they (we) do. This is especially true when it comes to Trump supporters. Why is there such a disconnect about what so many folks know about Trump and what they feel about him?

We who see the Donald as a blowhard bully, a total fake, a compulsive liar short on intellect and an outright danger to humankind are dumfounded by those who think he is just what the country needs. We see such folks as either hopelessly gullible or just plain morons.

Yet when the average Trump voter is interviewed it become quite apparent that at least in their ability to function intelligently in the everyday world they seem of average or better astuteness. So why the disconnect between what these folks know about Trump and what they feel about him?

The short answer is that the ego wants what it wants. In other words these folks so badly wish to believe what Trump is selling that they are willing to ignore monstrous chunks of reality. This ego condition of hope over reality has always been the conman’s (salesman’s) ace in the hole, and the Donald is a master con preying upon people’s emotions and biases.

But not only does the ego want why it wants — a mind unto itself — it also hates chance. Once a person lacking exceptional intellectual objectivity has generated an opinion about something or someone, ego tends to lock that notion permanently into place regardless of new facts and information. And so we see many folks who were originally taken in by Trump’s pie in the sky certainty unable to let go of him even though they are quite able to express serious reservations about him now, thus forming to the rest of us their inexplicable reasoning.

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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