Commenter Damon Poeter asks a good question, that I’ve wondered a lot about myself:
Just watched the first episode of Alexandra Pelosi’s ‘The Insurrectionist Next Door’ on HBO (Max? X? can’t keep up with the dumb rebranding)… and what strikes me is that 1) per usual, Pelosi humanizes utter shitbags, or at least fairly fucked up humans who at the very least made gravely shitbag errors in judgement…
But also 2) why? Why did these convicted insurrectionists, many of whom truly struggled in life prior to 1/6 (suicidal ideation, drug addiction, bad breakups, struggling to make ends meet in a disaster capitalist economy, trying to survive in prison, etc.) … why did they (and why do they still–many are still on the MAGA bandwagon) think that DONALD FUCKING TRUMP was their lifeline? This guy is a SERIAL, LIFELONG piece of shit, a stiffer of working people, a fraudster, a grifter, a sexual abuser, etc. … a guy who REPEATEDLY tells people lost in the system that they are ‘losers’, etc.
How could they possible think THAT guy had their back? Because he said he did? Is it that simple? It’s funny, too, because one of the big complaints about Barack Obama was the ‘Obamaphone’ thing, where he supposedly won votes by promising prosperity to people he didn’t really give a fuck about (in the telling)… but that rubric is ENTIRELY the story of Donald Trump’s business and political career… promising snake oil to gullible goobers that he NEVER EVER delivers on, and then laughs about cheating afterwards. Demonstrably. Time and time again. It’s such an abusive relationship, so much ‘this time he really means it’ vibes just exploding through the roof.
I’ve always found Donald Trump’s “charisma” — I mean the public record reflects that he obviously has an enormous amount of this mysterious quality — completely incomprehensible. Leaving aside that his entire life story is just one scam and grift after another, he just seems so repulsive as a personality. Who would be attracted to him and why?
I guess this is the same question that launched a thousand Cletus safaris, but I think it’s genuinely interesting, not to mention disturbing.