The #TrumpTrain, #I’mWithHer and the Junkyard of American Politics

American politics is a junkyard. An unfathomable labyrinth of smokescreens, white lies, beauracracy and money. If you think you’re going to find anything that works easily in that tip, you’re kidding yourself.

I watched the entire Clinton v. Trump extravaganza on CNN last night, in all its cringe inducing, shouty, finger pointing glory.
As I sat there listening to Trump pile lie after lie on top of one another, aggressively interrupt Clinton at every opportunity to lie a little more, I started wondering what the debate looked like through the eyes of his supporters.

Donald Trump vs. Hillary Clinton https://t.co/ipnFNkMHvq pic.twitter.com/dISPMpwYMQ
— PolitiFact (@PolitiFact) September 27, 2016

That scared me. Because if this campaign has proven anything it’s that Trump could “stand in the middle of Fifth Avenue and shoot somebody and I wouldn’t lose voters, OK? It’s like incredible”. To put it in his own words.

He seems to be right on the money with that. His supporters believe every single word that comes out of his mouth or off his Twitter account. And buh-lieve me, there are some corkers in there. My favourite, and possibly the most talked about example from last night, is this one:

The concept of global warming was created by and for the Chinese in order to make U.S. manufacturing non-competitive.
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) November 6, 2012

He then swore black and blue to Clinton and debate moderator Lester Holt that he “never said that”. It’s just one example in a murky ocean of lies, yet his supporters continue to turn a blind eye to the mountains of evidence. What does that say about a large swathe of the country?

I’m not particularly a hardcore Clinton supporter. There was something that unsettled me about her performance last night. I don’t know if it was her oft-flashed smile, or maybe that she seemed to stumble on getting the thread of what she wanted to say a few times, which made her arguments seem all the more rehearsed. Thinking about it, though, it’s probably not a bad thing to seem measured and considered when you’re running to be President.
Then there’s that matter of the email server. The most disturbing part of that saga to me was that she defended her actions for so long, saying they were allowed when they clearly weren’t. It just fosters that “who can you trust when they all lie” mentality that keeps voters away from the polls. And that apathy is what’s going to win Trump an election. It’s also one of the reasons that he’s made it so far in this race in the first place.
In any case, Clinton definitely won the debate in my eyes – but that won’t make a difference to the people whose minds Clinton has to change. They’ve booked their seats on the #TrumpTrain till the bitter end.
I mentioned the American political junkyard to a workmate, Dennis, this morning and he responded in the self-deprecating fashion that I’m starting to love about Californians: 
“Yeah, but we’re the best star spangled awesome junkyard in the world, and don’t you forget it!”

Fact.

Linking up with The Ultimate Rabbit Hole #90. That’s probably an apt description of this federal election. 

12 thoughts on “The #TrumpTrain, #I’mWithHer and the Junkyard of American Politics

  1. I'm sort of hoping that this whole debacle will maybe make K & M think about moving to Australia sooner rather than later – but I'm not holding my breath. I don't understand how anyone can actually believe anything that comes out of his mouth. Like you, I'm not 100% a Clinton fan, but geez, at least she has some experience to call on in times of need. Having said all that – politics here is going down the toilet faster than you can say Jack Flash !!! Honestly, they want to spend $175m to see the opinion of the people and then they are going to go into parliament and vote on it anyway !!! Why not spend that money on the homeless or medical or education and just vote on it now ? Sometimes I have to wonder if we have the bodies of people ruling us but they left their brains at home when they moved to Canberra !!!
    Have the best day xox

  2. I am hoping so much that Trump doesn't win, but if he does maybe K and M will be convinced that Australia's a nicer place to live.
    Ugh, yeah I've been watching Aussie politics as well. It's all a bit of a shambles. I don't see the point of a non-binding plebiscite. It's a huge cop out. And I hear Malcolm Roberts is making a galah out of himself in general in the Senate. So I suppose politics is just crap wherever you are hey?

  3. I actually feel sorry for many intelligent and caring Americans. They are about to lose Obama and be replaced with 2 very ordinary candidates. Clinton can be the only choice but even then – not a great one. Well Aussie politics means you can kick out the leader when ever you what & for whatever reason you want. Pretty poor too.

  4. I love the fact checking. Although it does nothing to keep them honest. Trump's banking on the fact that his supporters buy into his narrative 100%. And that narrative is that 'everyone is against me, and by extension, they're against you. So you can't trust the lying media".

  5. Hillary won all the debates because she is an intelligent woman, a seasoned politician and has an actual plan. Anyone with a brain can see Trump is a cowboy with his d*ck in his hands but it's exactly this unpolished, tough guy rhetoric that his fan base go nuts for.

    The world should be very afraid.

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