Kathleen Parker quickly spat out her 800-word op-ed for the Washington Post in between enjoying side dishes at Thanksgiving, because it’s nothing more than a fluff recap of how Donald Trump is a liar and con artist who has reneged on many of the promises he made. It takes her about 570 words to arrive at these questions:
How do you un-nut the nut case? How does Trump explain to his base that he wasn’t really a crazed xenophobic bigot who will ban Muslims and thinks most Mexicans are criminals? How does he explain that he never intended to follow through on many of his crowd-pleasers?
First, Trump can’t explain that he wasn’t really a crazed xenophobic bigot, because he is. We have plenty of evidence to show his racism long before he decided to enter the election. He’s just a crazed xenophobic bigot who might not do anything policy-wise regarding the people he hates.
Second, he doesn’t have to explain anything if he doesn’t want to, because most of his base won’t care. They’ll bend over backwards and engage in cognitive dissonance the likes of which we’ve never seen to rationalize his reneging on the few consistent positions he held throughout his campaign. You can use Bill Mitchell—the Donald Trump of podcast hosts—as a bellwether:
Maybe some Trump supporters will feel conned, but I doubt it will mean or amount to much. Trump and his supporters are nihilists; outside of movements like the alt-right, they don’t believe in anything substantive. A big driving force for someone like Mitchell is pissing off liberals, and no Republican pisses off liberals like Trump.
How does one revile the man who now says what you believe? How does one trust the man who obviously lied?
Jesus, Kathleen, do you even read your column before you send it to your editor? You don’t trust him. And it’s easy to revile politicians who say things you believe. Because often enough they’re lying.