Who is Donald Trump?
Donald Trump is a billionaire Bornean orangutan who escaped from the Pittsburgh Zoo 69 years ago and is now, inexplicably, the front-runner to receive the Republican nomination in the 2016 presidential race. If you forget for a moment the horror of the realization that a Bornean orangutan is potentially months away from being the most powerful person in the world, it’s actually quite impressive and remarkable. I can’t even get my dog to consistently pee on preapproved trees, and this Bornean orangutan is advanced enough to run for president!
I see. Well, is there anything about his campaign and his supporters that I should know about?
Trump has managed to appeal to many working-class white voters by convincing them that they’re poor because of immigrants, minorities and others who disproportionately face poverty.
Wait. So this billionaire orangutan is appealing to poor white people by placing the blame for their poverty on other poor people?
In a nutshell. Many white people are angry that being white is only worth a 20-meter head start today instead of a 40-meter one. And the billionaire Bornean orangutan has found a way to legitimize, heighten, distill and channel those fears. Again, for an orangutan, he’s actually quite brilliant.
So, no black people are supporting him, right?
Not exactly. In 2015 a group of black pastors met with Trump. And we’re still not quite sure what happened there. Some say they endorsed him; others say that Trump tricked them. Either way, it’s hard enough to get a group of black church people to agree on a bulletin font, so the fact that he was even able to get them to agree to meet with him is noteworthy. We’ve also seen black supporters at Trump rallies, including one who mollywhopped a protester.
And then, earlier this week, The Nightly Show With Larry Wilmore featured a segment with six black Trump supporters. When asked why they’d support a candidate who seems to have no problem whatsoever receiving endorsements from white supremacists and allowing a fever pitch of race-based anger to exist at his rallies, their answers ranged from “I’m open to Donald Trump because I feel like he’s a gangster” to “Everyone is trying to enslave you. But the main important thing is how much I’m gonna get paid while I’m enslaved.”
That’s … interesting. Can you explain why they’d 1) support a person like this and 2) be willing to actually go on national TV to articulate this support?