The World According to 2020 Trump Voters

Here’s a transcript, slightly edited, of something I heard on TV last night. It captures my own thinking pretty well.

“Here are the facts — actual, confirmed facts — that shape the perspective of Trump voters: The FBI spied on the 2016 Trump campaign using evidence manufactured by the Clinton campaign. We now know that all involved knew it was fake from Day One. The voters this was aimed at are Tea party people, the type who give their kids a pocket Constitution for their birthday and have Founding Fathers memes in their bios. The intel community spying on a presidential campaign using fake evidence, including forged documents, is a big deal to them.

“Trump supporters know the collusion case front and back. They went from worrying the collusion must be real, to suspecting it might be fake, to realizing it was a scam. And then watched as every institution — the intel agencies, the press, Congress, academia — gaslit them for another year.

“Worse, collusion was used to scare good people away from working in the Trump administration. They knew their entire lives would be investigated. Many quit because they were being bankrupted by legal fees. The DOJ, the press, and the government destroyed lives and actively subverted an elected administration. This is where people whose political identity was largely defined by a naive belief in what they learned in Civics class began to see the outline of a regime that had crossed all institutional boundaries. That regime stepped out of the shadows to unite against an interloper — Donald Trump.

“A lot of Trump supporters understand that this Regime is not partisan. They know that the same institutions would have taken opposite sides if it was a Tulsi Gabbard vs Jeb Bush election. It’s hard to describe to people on the left how shocking and disillusioning this was for conservatives — people who encourage their sons to enlist in the Army and hate those who don’t stand for the Anthem.

“They could have managed the shock if it only involved the government. But the behavior of the corporate press is really what radicalized them. They hate journalists more than they hate any politician or government official, because they feel most betrayed by them. The idea that the press is driven by ratings and sensationalism became untenable. If that were true, [the press would have been] all over the Epstein story. The corporate press is the propaganda arm of the Regime. Nothing anyone says will ever make [Trump supporters] unsee that, period.

“This is profoundly disorienting. Many Trump voters don’t know for certain whether ballots were faked in November 2020, but they know for absolute certain that the press, the FBI and the rest would lie to them if they were. They [had] watched the press behave like animals for four years.

“Tens of millions of people will always see Brett Kavanaugh as a gang rapist, based on nothing because of CNN. CNN seems proud of that. CNN led a lynch mob against a high school kid. They cheered on a summer of riots. Republicans always claimed the media had a liberal bias. But they still thought the press would admit the truth if they were cornered. It’s a very different thing to watch the media invent stories out of whole cloth in order to destroy regular people’s lives and spark mass violence.

“Time Magazine has told us that during the 2020 riots there were weekly conference calls involving, among others, leaders of the protests, the local officials who refused to stop them, and media people who framed [these meetings] for political effect. In Ukraine we call that a color revolution.

“Throughout the summer, Democratic governors took advantage of COVID to change voting procedures. It wasn’t just the mail-in ballots. They lowered signature matching standards, and a lot else.

“Then there was Hunter Biden’s laptop. Big Tech ran a full-on censorship campaign against a major newspaper to protect a political candidate. Period. Everyone knows it. All of the Tech companies now admit it was a “mistake.” Buy the election’s over, so who cares? It goes without saying that if the New York Times had Don Jr’s laptop, full of pictures of him smoking crack and engaging in group sex, with lots of lurid family drama, emails describing direct corruption, the Times would not have been banned.

“Think back: stories about Trump being urinated on by Russian prostitutes and blackmailed by Putin were promoted as fact, when the only evidence was a document paid for by his opposition and disavowed by its source. The NY Post was banned for reporting on true information.

“The reaction of Trump people to all of this was not, “not fair!” That’s how they felt about, say, Romney’s “binders of women” story in 2012. This is different. Now they see, correctly, that every institution is captured by people who will use any means to exclude them from the political process. And yet they still showed up in record numbers to vote. Trump got 13 million more votes than he did in 2016. He got 10 million more than Clinton got. As election night dragged on his voters allowed themselves some hope. But when the four critical swing states (and only those states) went dark at midnight, they knew. Over the ensuing weeks, they got shuffled around by grifters and media scam artists selling them conspiracy theories. They latched onto one, then another increasingly absurd theory as they tried to put a concrete name on something very real.

“Media and tech did everything to make things worse. Everything about the election was strange — the changes to procedure, unprecedented mail-in voting, the delays, etc — but rather than admit that and make everything transparent, [media and tech] banned discussion of it, even in direct messages.

“Everyone knows that, just as Don Jr’s laptop would’ve been the story of the century, if everything about the election dispute was the same, except the parties were reversed, suspicions about the outcome would’ve been Taken Very Seriously. See 2016 for proof.

“[Trump supporters] understand why courts refused to take the case. What judge will stick his neck out for Donald Trump knowing that he’ll be destroyed in the media as a violent mob burns down his house? It is a fact, according to Time Magazine, that mass riots were planned in cities across the country if Trump won. Sure, there were “protests,” but they were planned by the same people as during the summer, and everyone knows what it would have meant. Judges have families, too.

“Forget the ballot conspiracies. It’s a fact that governors used COVID to unconstitutionally alter election procedures — something the Constitution states that only legislatures can do — to help Biden make up for a massive enthusiasm gap by gaming the mail-in ballot system. They knew it was unconstitutional when they did it. It’s right there in plain English. But [the governors] knew the cases wouldn’t see court until after the election. What judge is going to toss millions of ballots because a governor broke the rules? The threat of mass riots wasn’t implied. It was direct.

“In the end, not every theory of election fraud is true, but Trump’s voters are absolutely right that their government is monopolized by a Regime that believes [the voters] are beneath representation, and will observe no limits to keep them getting it.”

The writer’s name is Darryl Cooper. The transcript is based on a series of his tweets. Given the nature of the material, I’m expecting some wildly irrational responses, even tribal reactions. To those I would preemptively recommend Martin Niemöller’s poem, “First They Came for the Jews.”

54 thoughts on “The World According to 2020 Trump Voters

  1. With a few exceptions, this largely parallels my feelings. Keep in mind that what you feel is not always determined by what you think.

    It is clear that there was, I guess ‘a Regime’ is as good a word as any, out to destroy Trump and anyone who worked with him. That would include the bureaucracy, the press, big tech, and the entertainment industry as well. The regime clearly held the heartland and the working class in contempt and took steps to substitute their arrogant judgment for ours.

    One of Trump’s ads read “They’re not after me, they’re after you, I’m just in the way.” And that is the most true thing he ever said. You don’t have to like Trump to see what the Regime did to defeat him, and us deplorables too.


    1. “They’re not after me, they’re after you, I’m just in the way.”

      Who are “they” and why are they after you?

      You might consider why 16 years of trying to destroy two Democrat presidents with a rigor seldom seen should be swept under the rug in favor of your complaints. I think the polarization emanated from Gingrich and rose to where we find ourselves today.

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      1. “They” are defined in my comment.

        Unelected bureaucrats who sabotage elected leaders with leaks and ineffective action on their instructions. A press that filters the news to reflect only failure, and reports outright lies made by anonymous sources as fact. Tech companies that manipulate information sources and public comment based on ideology, and an entertainment industry that portrays the principles and lives of the people who make this country work as ignorant rednecks.

        While elected Republican representatives may have made things difficult for Democrat Presidents, they have never had to face the Regime.

        We elected Bush based on the principles he professed, only to see him knuckle under to the Regime. Trump didn’t. So, thin skinned and vain as he is, he at least didn’t go in promising one thing and then abandon us to get along.


        1. Bush knuckled under his own hand picked neo-conservatives war mongers. Please don’t spread more lies than you already have. That is how we are so divided.

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          1. Bush failed to get the deregulation he promised. He failed to rein in the BATFE or the EPA. He surrendered to the Regime.

            He traded off all his domestic promises to get a free hand in dealing with the War ofTerror


          2. He deregulated the EPA by just telling his appointee to ignore enforcement.

            He didn’t deal with the War on Terror at all He just expanded Al Qaeda across the Middle East and Africa.

            BATFE is your perennial whipping boy, so whatever you think is it.

            The point you are missing is the victim hood status you are taking, when in reality, White Christians have virtually all the money and all the power and are trying hard to hide it.

            Hide it so they can appear to be at the mercy of a litany of ethereal bugaboos and raise capital on that to gain political muscle.

            I am not shocked that you don’t see that.

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  2. “In the end, not every theory of election fraud is true…”

    Were there any?

    This phrase is kind of the core of your post. This, that or whatever may not have been true, but it could have been. And you are the victim.

    Judges ruling against Trump (many his appointees) because they were afraid? That is novel. We have sitting governors and election officials, many conservative, who are still getting security services because of threats from the right. Not the left.

    The election issues are only issue because one man told us from the beginning that the elections are rigged. For 5+ years.

    Republican states refused to allow pre-processing of absentee ballots and then made a mountain out of delayed counts.

    You don’t see any of that on your side do you?

    It seems you create your own grievances, then blame the Democrats.

    I am afraid that Conspiracy 101 is the teaching tool and it is tearing us apart.

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    1. RE: “I am afraid that Conspiracy 101 is the teaching tool and it is tearing us apart.”

      That’s a puzzle. In Martin Niemöller’s poem a lot depends on whether you focus on the “they” who come for everyone in sight or the speaker who doesn’t speak out until it is too late.


      1. Martin Niemöller’s poem

        A new level of laughability and cluelessness – implicitly comparing you people to the victims of the Holocaust.

        Let’s get this straight – you are the Nazis in this equation. You blindly follow a fascist leader whose only skill is demonizing people who are different from you and who now has a record of inciting some of you to violence against democracy.

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          1. First they came for the unionists…done that already.

            Then they came for the Mexicans…yep.

            Then they came for the Jews…”will not replace us”.

            Then they came for the “socialists”…Obamacare equals communism!

            Oh, yes, Paul is spot on. I don’t think you are a Nazi, of course, but the party of #45 is using a playbook that rings very familiar.

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      2. I have asked this over and over during some discussions:

        Who in the heck is “they”. Trump used that reference all the time (along with “everyone knows that”). But never has any supporter asked who “they” are.

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        1. RE: “But never has any supporter asked who ‘they’ are.”

          The transcript in the post answers your question directly.


          1. No it doesn’t. It blames imagined deep state influence.

            But no names.

            “ …collusion was used to scare good people away from working in the Trump administration.”

            Who was deterred from working for Trump? He supposedly vetted his picks carefully and praised them to the hilt. Who did he not get that would have been better?

            A few dozen sports professionals kneel in protest and that means what out of 330 million people.

            The more you specify actual grievances, the more it seems unlikely.

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  3. You flatter yourself. Almost none of this diatribe can legitimately be called “thinking.”

    Stick with the word “believe.” I accept that you people really “believe” this nonsense. The real question is . . . “Why do people like you believe it?” And, as time passes the question about your beliefs for the patriotic, reality-based majority of the country might well be . . . “I don’t care. Do U?”

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    1. There is no Democrat reality based majority.

      There is a liberal elite who have discovered they can buy the votes of the dependent class with other people’s money. I doubt there is even 1/3 of the Democrat vote that thinks about politics beyond who promises them the most bread and circuses.

      The people who make the lights come on when you flip the switch don’t think about politics directly either, they vote based on the candidate’s principles and assume those principles will be applied to policy. That’s why they were disappointed by Bush and remain loyal to Trump.


      1. “There is no Democrat reality based majority.”
        “The Regime”
        Trump true to principles.

        Your commentary has become psychotic. As an amateur psychoanalyst, I would attribute your condition to the powerless and dispair you must feel as the people you have embarrassed yourself by supporting have proven themselves to be – at best – con men, clowns, and incompetents and – at worse – criminals and traitors. And even worse in your eyes – losers.

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        1. I’m not the one suffering from delusions if you think that there is a thinking Democrat majority.

          Eliminate the “free stuff” vote and Democrats would lose in all 50 states.


          1. “I’m not the one suffering from delusions if you think that there is a thinking Democrat majority.”

            You are translating my words in a very odd and revealing way. I referred to “the patriotic, reality-based majority of the country” which you translate as “a thinking Democrat majority.” I have not mentioned the Democrats in any way in this thread. Democrats are a large part of “the patriotic, reality-based majority” but it also includes Republicans (RINOS to you people) and independents. You do not have to be a Democrat to be patriotic or reality-based though you seem to imply as much.

            Your “free stuff” analysis is demented. No Democrat in the history of the Republic has ever promised more “free stuff” than your corrupt hero Donald Trump. Democrats propose programs and policies to address obvious and serious problems. Trump Republicans promise magic.

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      2. Wow, your utter contempt for the Democrat electorate is way beyond anything you accuse the liberal elites of harboring…supposedly.

        And that was my point earlier and many times before.

        Do you have a clue as to how arrogant you sound when taking the position of the moral high ground against Democrats?

        And yet, here we are.

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        1. High moral ground?

          Your party is based on armed robbery by proxy, it would be hard to find lower moral ground.

          Democrats haven’t changed in 160 years, the only difference is that they have duped their slaves into forging their own chains.


          1. “Your party is based on armed robbery by proxy”

            I am a very literate person but it is hard to find words to express how assinine, ignorant, childish and just plain stupid your mantra is. You think of yourself as some sort of “conservative” intellectual. Well, maybe in comparison with the other Trumpkins you are but with all due respect, you are – to put it very kindly – simply ridiculous. In too many ways to list here.

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          2. “Then why is that the basis of their campaigns?”

            It isn’t.

            Your boiling down the Democratic proposals and policies to address a myriad of social and economic issues rising from GOP malfeasance and egregious market failures as a “redistribution of income” is simple-minded bullshit. It is based on nothing but your short-sighted and self-centered world view that says of ANYTHING that does not directly benefit you that it is “robbery” and the people who propose or pass it are “corrupt.” Your mind is so blocked and constipated with such bias that you literally can no longer reason – if you ever could.

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          3. OK, let’s look at healthcare.

            Is not the basis of Obamacare forcing some people to pay for the health care of others?

            School lunch program?

            Public housing?

            Now free college,

            In every case, someone’s income is involuntarily transferred to someone else.

            It’s nothing other than buying votes with other people’s money. No amount of virtue signaling can change the fact that it is armed robbery by proxy.


          4. Please don’t complain about the liberal posts regarding Trump. I have never seen such contempt for Americans who are not like you. Correction, I see nothing but contempt from you.

            Weren’t you one of the “they felt they had no choice” excuses for the attack on the Capitol.

            Sorry, but democracy is work and you are working hard to destroy it by your support of the current conservative fiasco masquerading as an American political party.

            If you don’t want to pay taxes because it is thievery, don’t pay them. The conservatives have emasculated our IRS so they will never catch you. Then you can get a free ride in a country that is still safe, has good cheap food, good medical care, a relatively corrupt free judiciary and passable roads.

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          5. “Weren’t you one of the “they felt they had no choice” excuses for the attack on the Capitol.”

            Nope. I didn’t excuse violence, I said their frustration was understandable.

            When people are fed lies by the press and congress and even entertainment, you have to expect them to believe conspiracy theories, as they are every bit as credible as the news. Your side destroyed the credibility of the institutions we used to trust in your efforts to destroy Trump, leaving people ready to believe the conspiracies on the internet. So, if anyone is responsible for Jan 6, carve yourself a big share of the blame.


          6. “It’s nothing other than buying votes with other people’s money. ”

            Or solving pressing problems that if not solved will be the end of our Constitutional democracy.

            It is hard to understand why someone like you who has lead a privileged and successful life is so full of spite, hatred and bitterness. It really does seem to be some sort of mental illness.

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          7. You’re taking money from some citizens involuntarily far in excess of their share of the cost of the legitimate functions of government to give it to others who pay nothing toward their share, How is that anything other than stealing?

            You may have the numbers to make it legal stealing but it is still stealing.

            Frederic Bastiat had you pegged 170 years ago “When plunder becomes a way of life for a group of men in a society, over the course of time they create for themselves a legal system that authorizes it and a moral code that glorifies it.”


          8. “Frederic Bastiat had you pegged 170 years ago ”

            To justify your childish accusations of “stealing” by Democrats your “logic” includes a key phrase “legitimate functions of government.” You seem to believe that ONLY you know what that is. This may be hard for you to understand but your self-centered and selfish outlook is NOT the measure of all things. In fact, you are obviously not emotionally, temperamentally or intellectually suited for democratic life in the 21st century. It must be difficult and frustrating for you. Maybe that is why you display so much hatred and anger and why you are always carrying a gun? What are you so afraid of?

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          9. The legitimate functions of government are laid out in Article I section 8 of the Constitution.

            Forcing Peter to pay for Paul’s healthcare is no where in there. Neither is subsidizing out-of-wedlock childbearing.

            Your party is based on armed robbery, Insulting me won’t change that. Own it.


          10. There is only one place in the Constitution where the “legitimate functions of government” are addressed. It is in the Preamble explaining the PURPOSE of the new Constitution . . .

            “We the People of the United States, in Order to form a more perfect Union, establish Justice, insure domestic Tranquility, provide for the common defense, promote the general Welfare, and secure the Blessings of Liberty to ourselves and our Posterity, do ordain and establish this Constitution for the United States of America.”

            In Article 1, Section 8, you have cited a list of “powers” not “legitimate functions of government and you choose to ignore clause 1 and clause 18.

            “1 The Congress shall have Power To lay and collect Taxes, Duties, Imposts and Excises, to pay the Debts and provide for the common Defence and general Welfare of the United States”

            Looks like providing for the “general Welfare” IS a legitimate function of government if your list is the right one – echoing the Preamble.

            “18 To make all Laws which shall be necessary and proper for carrying into Execution the foregoing Powers, and all other Powers vested by this Constitution in the Government of the United States, or in any Department or Officer thereof.”

            The authors understood that the list was not all inclusive.

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          11. General welfare at the time referred to the welfare of the country as a whole, not of individual citizens.

            Much like the Commerce Clause, the General Welfare clause has been perverted to expand government. Perhaps as the textualist majority increases on the court that can be remedied.


          12. There is no way to distinguish meaningfully the “general Welfare” of a country from the “general Welfare” of the people in it. None.

            Another legitimate function enumerated in the Preamble is to “insure domestic tranquility.” Historically the programs and policies of Democratic governments have done exactly that. While other countries in the depression sank into chaos, violence, fascism and dictatorship Democrats saved our democratic capitalist system with New Deal policies which you would call “stealing.”

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          13. I doubt that when the framers wrote “to ensure domestic tranquility” they meant for mobs to demand they be paid or they will burn the city down.

            But as always, your fallback is give us what we want or we will use violence. to get it.


          14. “But as always, your fallback is give us what we want or we will use violence. to get it.”

            Laughable. You are the one clutching your guns and threatening to use them.

            “I doubt that when the framers wrote “to ensure domestic tranquility” they meant for mobs to demand they be paid or they will burn the city down.”

            Never mind the racist bullshit embedded in this comment, your doubt does not match history. What do you think “domestic tranquility” meant if it was not “domestic tranquility?” As a matter of fact, the Constitution was written in response to the failures of the Articles of Confederation which was not able to deal effectively with violent mobs of dissatisfied people.

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          15. It was meant to ensure that disputes between the states could be settled peaceably. It had nothing to do with bribing people not to riot.


    1. PS, there is another link on WordPress with another word for word.

      Keep passing around the lies and they will become truth?

      Been done before. Some folks have the tattoos to prove it if they are still around.

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    2. Okay, he LIED through his teeth about the source for some reason – it wasn’t on TV, but at least he did not claim this garbage as his own effort. Probably a wise choice.

      Looks like the word is out to drop the “Deep state” phraseology and to substitute “the Regime.”

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      1. I reread the post.

        There are elements of truth. But the bulk is about perception and laden with supposition and outright conspiracies.

        In other words, the writer assumes the Trump supporters are unable to think for themselves. It blames media and entertainment, along with judges and GOP legislators.

        Media: right wing talk radio dominates the airways bar none. FOX and Murdoch dominate cable and own major outlets like the WSJ. Are they not also culpable? Is it too difficult to switch channels and hear perspectives other than Carlson.

        Entertainment: come on. Can you think for yourself and not let athletes or actors decide how you should think?

        Judges: Trump appointees included.

        Legislators and officials: Republican in most cases of key states.

        Perception is important. But conspiracies rely on distorting that. A grain of truth, then a big dollop of lies.

        So if the upheaval on the right is about a perception of not being respected or perhaps insulted by others, we now have a pretty thin gruel for 1/6.

        Pretty much like the gang member stereotype who kills because he was “disrespected”.

        Economic deprivation, religious persecution, torture? Not a part of the equation.

        This is a shame.

        If you despise Democrats, then please skip the BS of media, Hollywood and other scapegoats and tell the truth.

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        1. I think your problem is that you have lost the ability to look at things from the other’s perspective. It’s an ability that is important to preserve.

          My wife and I recently streamed 4 years of “The Good Fight” which is a lawyer dramatic series based almost entirely on a far left viewpoint and hatred of Trump. We enjoyed it because we haven’t lost that ability

          Perhaps exposing yourself to something from a conservative perspective would help, if you can find anything. I’d suggest “The Five” on Fox or “Gutfield” as there is nothing from a conservative point of view in entertainment.


          1. Perspective is important. I do read from both side when an issue warrants.

            Again, perception is not reality. It is an interpretation.

            And if the “interpreter” is a conspiracy, it makes rational thought or discussion difficult.

            Entertainment has been liberal since it was invented. Particularly if laced with humor. It comes with the territory of lampooning people in power. All in the Family was a groundbreaker, but it upset conservatives. And that was decades ago.

            The right will hold feet to the fire with lampooning also. Urban “elites”, gays, illegals, Black athletes, and women libbers are stock in trade topics. Yes, arrogance. But is disrespect by conservatives enough to destroy a country?

            We are we not chasing ghosts of conspiracies. At least not on a scale of grievances list in the post.

            Put another way, the left is battling abortion cases, tightening gun regulations, getting wages up, better healthcare, etc. Agree or disagree, these are real, tangible issues.

            Being “picked on” by some media or entertainer or is not policy, but populism.

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        2. Kudos for your valiant efforts but there is no reasoning with these people. They are people who know what they want to believe and they think their beliefs are the measure of what is TRUE. Evidence means nothing to them. They find the New York Times and The Washington Post suspect but uncritically believe whatever they find on places like the UNZ Review. Beyond hope. Beyond redemption. Beyond reason. And, they hate just about everybody.

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