Crackpots to the future. Trump picked for VP, not just a man who can’t say whether he thinks the Earth is 4.5 billion years old and that plants and animals have changed over time, or whether global warming is occurring, but whether women should have the right to control their own bodies.
Indeed, it’s worse than this. Mike Pence is not merely a global warming denialist and potential young Earth creationist, or a man indifferent to women’s equality and reproductive choice (which necessarily go together), but one who is actually a longtime activist against women’s issues.
And he opposes gay equality as well.
If Trump still wins this year, then I simply do not understand the mentality of my fellow countrymen and women at all, and what’s really important to them, what they shrug at, etc.
And remember: Trump has to come close to winning half of women’s votes, and do better than Romney with Hispanics, Asians, and blacks, to actually win the election–or he has to ramp-up the white male vote to unprecedented levels, and win it overwhelmingly. This seems wildly improbable. And yet pollsters suggest Trump is roughly in a dead heat with Clinton–or at least within striking distance of overtaking her.
So here’s my question: Can these two men–Trump and Pence– really be the preference of the majority of Americans in 20-fricken-16?
Put another way, are we witnessing delusional and cultish behavior on the part of the Republican Party this year, or is there something in the country’s collective psyche that has gone terribly, terribly wrong–so wrong, in fact, that the country as a whole is every bit as sick as the Republican Party itself?
When you see cult-like behavior, with people under the spell of a con-man, you think, well, at least this guy’s con goes no farther than his outspoken, fanatic, and proselytizing followers. But maybe this year is different. Maybe the majority of Americans are Trump’s followers; his silent followers.
In the privacy of their homes, are a majority of Americans–perhaps even a majority of women–really saying, “I’m with Trump”?
How can this be?