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Friday, April 14, 2017

Trumpers still trumping

by digby

Jeremy Peters at the New York Times went into the wild to take the Trump voters' temperatures. It's been at least a couple of weeks since we've checked in to see how they're feeling:
No matter how many people try to tell them they have been played for fools, much to their annoyance, that is not a conclusion they seem likely to reach before Mr. Trump even marks his 100th day in office.

They knew all along that they were not voting for a man with concrete convictions. And they continue to see that lack of rigidity — his preference for the transactional over the dogmatic — as a quality they want in a chief executive.

So while much of the country sees the swerving on policy as another sign of White House dysfunction, many conservatives shrug it off as esoteric jockeying over foreign alliances, currency manipulation and economic policy. They are focused more, they say, on what they see as a litany of recent victories.

Illegal border crossings are down sharply, a development that Mr. Sessions promoted in a visit to Arizona this week. The Department of Homeland Security just closed its process for accepting bids for construction of a border wall. A new Supreme Court justice adored by conservatives, Neil M. Gorsuch, joined the court this week. And Mr. Trump signed legislation on Thursday aimed at cutting off federal funding for Planned Parenthood.

“All of these things that people think are just minor issues, for people like me are huge,” said Joyce Kaufman, a conservative radio host in West Palm Beach, Fla., who dismisses the cries of hypocrisy from others on the right. “They can wring their hands all they want,” she scoffed.

As Mr. Trump’s policy reversals and other contentious moves draw scrutiny from the news media and criticism from his political adversaries, many Trump supporters seem to be rallying around him in the face of what they see as a relentless onslaught.

The more he is exposed as a useless imbecile, the more they love him. They are addicted to victimhood and Trump is now king of the victims.

He's all over the map, changing positions, flip-flopping and lying about it all saying he never said what he clearly did say. They are fine with that. But they don't like it when he looks like the boob he is, although I have a hard time seeing when that is not the case:

Although his approval ratings have been low from the start, his popularity began a slide after the first week in March, when he insisted, without any evidence, that President Barack Obama had wiretapped Trump Tower. His numbers got worse after he failed to get through Congress his first major legislative initiative: the repeal and replacement of the Affordable Care Act.

His policies appear to have had little to do with the slide, though it probably did not help that one of them — the ban on travel from seven predominantly Muslim countries — has been tangled up and tainted by the continuing fight in the courts over its constitutionality.

But the policy reversals have left some on the right feeling betrayed, often bitterly so. The writer and pundit Ann Coulter, in a column prominently featured on the Breitbart News home page under the headline “Lassie, Come Home,” said Mr. Trump had turned his back on supporters like her who want America less engaged in conflicts overseas.

“We want the ‘president of America’ back — not ‘the president of the world,’” she wrote.

Laura Ingraham, the radio host and writer, has said she worries that Mr. Trump is drifting from the tenets of his campaign: anti-globalism, a smaller military footprint and conservative populism. But she does not sense that everyone shares her disappointment.

There are quantifiable signs of inching forward. There are the American companies like Ford and Carrier that say they are retaining jobs in the United States, even if those represent just a tiny sliver of overall employment. There has been a three-tenths-of-a-point drop in unemployment since January.

“Trump supporters who call in to my show are all over the map,” Ms. Ingraham said. And she is, for now, giving the president the benefit of the doubt, guessing that his shifts are intended to bring up his abysmal poll numbers so he can be a strong leader — the very trait that led people like her to support him.

“But why is that a bad thing?” she asked. “Should he want to be unpopular and see initiatives fail? After all, the higher his approval ratings, the more leverage he has with Congress and other foreign leaders.”

Sure Laura, that makes sense. I guess it hasn't occurred to her that this means his initiatives are unpopular.

It's actually kind of pathetic to watch these people bend themselves into pretzels for this buffoon.But hey, you bought him you own him, suckers. No refunds.

And anyway, these are movement leaders and they don't matter as much now that their "program" has been exposed as a fraud. We now know unequivocally that the rank and file don't care about anything but "bombing the shit out of 'em", guns, abortion, and keeping the dusky hordes, gays and feminazis in their places. The rest of that stuff is just gibberish for the chattering classes.

He said he could shoot someone on Fifth Avenue and not lose voters. He didn't say it but the truth is that they'd love him more than ever. As long as he shot the right kind of "bad dude" if you know what I mean.