So meanwhile, on the Interwebs, a friend of mine posted this meme (which I subsequently shared):
The friend was taken to task by a Trump Apologist. It’s amazing the level of willful ignorance displayed by these people. Our (edited for grammar/spelling/punctuation and to protect the idiot’s identity) exchange is below.
Trump Apologist: Problem with this is I know a lot of highly educated, highly experienced people that support Mr. Trump. Calling them “low information voters” would be disingenuous, at best, and potentially guarantees that they won’t support Mr. Cruz unless they absolutely have to.
Me: Anyone who supports Trump is either ignorant of the facts or pathologically willing to overlook them. Either way, every Trump supporter is ignorant, for all practical purposes.
It only takes a few minutes of reading to find enough actual information about Donald Trump—who he is, what he’s done, what he stands for—to disqualify him as a good Republican candidate (and a good person). He’s a horrible person, a horrible man, and he would be a horrible president.
Trump Apologist: Everybody has their own opinion. That’s still allowed in this country.
I am not going to make generalized assumptions about perfect strangers just because it fits my narrative.
But, then again, maybe that’s just me.
Me: You’re entitled to your own opinion, but you’re not entitled to your own facts.
If you know the facts and still support Donald Trump, then you must be (as I said above) pathologically willing to overlook them. If you feel comfortable supporting a lecherous, misogynistic, pro-abortion strip club owner, that’s certainly your right. But I can still point out that your candidate is a horrible man, a bad husband, a destructive personality, a phony Republican, a liar and a fraud. I can also point out that anyone who deludes themselves into thinking he would be a good president is a cotton-headed fool. I don’t have to know the person in question in order to draw this conclusion.
I can point out these things because that’s still allowed in this country.
Trump Apologist: This is the problem with the Republican party. You are so ready to make judgments of other people based on YOUR perceptions.
No wonder why this country is going down the drain.
Oh… and just as a “by the way” kind of thing: Mr. Trump is not “my” candidate but he would be, in my opinion, a far better president than Hillary Clinton.
Again … maybe that’s just me.
Me: The greasy ball of hair I fish out of the drain in my daughter’s bathroom every other month would be a far better president than Hillary Clinton. But that doesn’t mean the greasy ball of hair SHOULD be elected president when there are so many others far more qualified in background and temperament and principles to serve as the chief executive of the United States.
I agree that the Republican party is broken. Again and again, Republicans have caved on every one of their precious conservative principles. But the solution is not to vote a life-long Democrat—someone who hobnobs with the Clintons and the Obamas and donated to the campaigns of Harry Reid and Nancy Pelosi—to run against She Who Must Not Be Named.
I tell you, that’s NOT the solution. I would love to be able to burn down Washington and rebuild it from the ground up, but electing yet another malignant narcissist to the Oval Office is not the way to begin.
The solution is to find a person of principle, with a track record of standing firm on Constitutional convictions in the face of blistering criticism from the political left, from the media (but I repeat myself) and from his own failed party. And, I’ll say it again, anyone who fails (or refuses) to understand that is a cotton-headed fool.