There was a woman recently who was speaking at a Trump rally and said something along the lines of “I never thought I’d support a dictator, but if there is one, I hope it’s Trump” which is kind of incoherent if you analyze it, but if you don’t it’s real clear what she meant. And the crowd cheered.
Trump was absolutely right when he said he could shoot somebody on 5th Avenue and he wouldn’t lose votes. There is nothing these people won’t accept from him. Take his recent comments about John McCain, for example.
“I gave him the kind of funeral that he wanted, which as president I had to approve. I don’t care about this. I didn’t get a thank you. That’s O.K. We sent him on the way, but I wasn’t a fan of John McCain.”
How much is wrong with this statement? A lot. Pretty much everything, really. Let’s take it point by point.
“I gave him the kind of funeral he wanted.” Trump didn’t give anything to anybody. He didn’t even attend.
“, which, as president I had to approve.” No, he didn’t. The National Cathedral, where the funeral took place, said immediately that that’s not true. No presidential permission was required, asked for, or given.
“I don’t care about this.” Whenever somebody says “I don’t care about this” you can be damn sure they care about it a lot. The things people really don’t care about, they don’t even mention, because they don’t care.
“I didn’t get a thank you.” Well, of course he didn’t. McCain, being already fucking dead, could hardly thank him for the lovely funeral. Or perhaps Trump was expecting a thank you from Cindy McCain, or Meghan. Maybe they could have thanked him for not attending, I suppose. That was kind of a favor. In any event, even if somebody has arranged a funeral (which we have already ascertained Trump did not), it would be kind of tacky to complain about not being thanked. The family has other things to think about. Let it go.
“That’s O.K.” See “I don’t care about this.” Same thing.
“We sent him on the way.” Now, there’s a cheerful euphemism.
“But I wasn’t a fan of John McCain.” Well, actually, neither was I. But he’s been dead for about 8 months now, and I almost never even think about him. I certainly wouldn’t go out of my way to criticize him (and his family). Compared to Donald Trump, he was a goddamned paragon of virtue.
It was an absurd statement on every level. But, will he lose votes over it? Probably not a single one. He could stand in the middle of 5th avenue and kill the first person to pass by and he wouldn’t lose votes. His supporters are just that deluded.