I assume that Trump supporters won’t care what’s in the video. They will excuse it and say he’s changed; or explain that he’s just a vehicle to destroy the hated Republican Party that didn’t fight hard enough against many of the things he supports in the video; or say he didn’t really mean this stuff in the first place and was just being strategic, or making money, or whatever excuse happens to pop into their heads today.
This blog has yet to be infested by the cadres of Trump-shills who have infested other blogs and come to dominate the comments section. I am not describing the regular commenters here who support Trump. I disagree with them, and we argue, but for the most part it’s civil and substantive, or mostly substantive. But if you’ve been reading the comments sections of many other blogs on the right (Breitbart is a good example) you’ll see what I mean. Those Trump-supporters act exactly like leftist trolls—mockery, crowing, ad hominen insults, accusations, everything in the book—perhaps because some of them are leftist trolls, or perhaps because they have merely adopted the tactics of leftist trolls because they have seen how well these tactics work to silence and intimidate people.
This is where extremists of left and right resemble each other, although it’s not the only way. So far it’s been under control here, and I tend to keep it that way.
As for Trump himself, I’d love to not have to talk about him. But he goes on, and on, and I could probably write ten posts a day about the pernicious things he’s said and done. I won’t be doing that, but I plan to continue to cover him as long as he’s a factor in American political life. And right now he most certainly is a factor.
In closing, I’ll add a famous German saying written by Goethe. I’d like those support Trump and believe they can predict what he will do, and who trust him and want to give him power, to mull it over: Die ich rief, die Geister,/Werd ich nun nicht los.” (“The spirits which I have summoned/I now cannot banish.”)
[NOTE: I’ve bumped this post up.]