My immediately preceding post addressed Trump’s adverse psychological effect on Americans.
You and I Are Only an Angry Mob, To Be Put Down
Susan Glasser, The Increasingly Menacing Message of Donald Trump’s Rallies, complements the prior post:
It’s the hate, and the sense of actual menace that the President is trying to convey to his supporters. Democrats aren’t just wrong in the manner of traditional partisan differences; they are scary, bad, evil, radical, dangerous. Trump and Trump alone stands between his audiences and disaster.
So Trump’s rhetoric is evolving in such a way as to make the majority of the population an angry mob, unfit to exercise the franchise. An unhinged mob who must be subjected to autocratic rule by their betters.
And, BTW, So Are Lots of Their Own Family Members
Another key feature in Trump’s evolution is an effort to divide men from women, and women who tolerate male abuse for the sake of tribal loyalty from women for whom abuse is intolerant.
Yet another is the recent effort to divide the elderly from the middle aged in regard to health care. (This won’t work either. Here at Happy Acres, where we all have our Medicare and our supplemental health insurance, I can tell you there are a lot of folks who are very concerned over descendants with preexisting conditions.)
The appeal to misogyny and the appeal to old people’s fears are fundamentally different from appeals to fear and hatred of African-Americans, Mexicans, Chinese, and so forth. The difference is that the new appeals to fear depend on driving wedges within families of Trump supporters.
Not Playing Well in Peoria
Indications are that this show is not playing well in Peoria: Trump, no longer ratings gold, loses his prime-time spot on Fox News.
It isn’t surprising, then, that Trump is Losing the Midwest.
May it be so.