Such a tough question

Why is Trump still so popular? He gives his base what they want
Cas Mudde
A recent Gallup poll showed that, at the 500 days mark, Trump was the second most popular US president among his own constituency. How is that possible?

I dunno, I think I’d mutter something about democracy myself. Maybe even that you share a country with quite a lot of people who don’t think a you do. Which is why democracy, to sort out those differences, provide a non-bloody way of deciding things.

12 comments on “Such a tough question

  1. It *had* to be the Grauniad, didn’t it? The same paper which struggles to understand why white male Millenials are moving away from the dems.

    I mean, what could possibly be unattractive to a white male about a party whose feminist and race-obsessed wings keep screaming that they are racist, sexist, raping pigs who should shut up and get out the way to let wimminz and PoC have power, should pay more taxes, and should generally get to f*ck? Oh, and by the way, don’t forget to vote for us in November, you b*stards…

    It’s a… novel approach to convincing people to vote for you, that’s for sure…

  2. I note this US columnist has spent the last two months traveling around Europe. Might she, trying to explain a US phenomenon, be better off traveling around the US instead?

  3. Like in other western democracies, the white majority is overrepresented because minorities vote at much lower levels

    Bastard white people, exercising their democratic rights to the detriment of minorities who are too bone idle to vote.

  4. “How can a politician not despise and gratuitously insult his own supporters? It makes no sense. Who is this outsider?”

  5. Bastard white people, exercising their democratic rights to the detriment of minorities who are too bone idle to vote.

    I was listening to a podcast about gerrymandering in Florida and attempts to undo it. It turns out one of the most gerrymandered districts was set up as part of the Voting Rights Act to ensure a non white could get elected. It took a supreme court judgement to get it overruled.

    It turned out that the area was so gerrymandered that when they unravelled it 3 non whites got elected. The old unintended consequences strike again.

    As an aside, the first person elected for that district is now in jail on fraud charges.

  6. I’ve just taken my morning meds but have I understood this correctly? She’s complaining that in western democracies the majority is larger than the minority? She’s complaining about MATHS????

  7. …because the United States is the only “democratic” country in the world where a person with fewer votes can win the presidency…

    Not quite, other than the caveat that in some places, the leader of the government is not called the President. In parliamentary systems the leader of the party that takes the most seats leads the government – and depending on how the vote stacks up in each constituency that may or may not be the party that aggregates the most votes overall. Of course, that is a rare and unusual form of government – only being practiced in Canada, India, Australia, the United Kingdom and a fewer other obscure countries. It really isn’t fair to expect Cas to be aware of them.

  8. Strange she doesn’t complain about “democratic” Spain where the PM has never been elected, but has has lost several elections

  9. ‘He gives his base what they want.’

    Most of which is undoing what we DIDN’T want.

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