I’ve been spending the last couple of years trying to understand the mindset of Trump supporters, and how we ended up with The Donald in the White House. It has taken a lot of reading comments on Reddit, local news stations Facebook pages, and trying to dumb myself down to comprehend their mentality.
The Deplorables are people who have relied on white privilege to get themselves through life. They believe that they’re entitled to jobs that pay well, even while they vote against their best interests, and blame liberals for their jobs being shipped overseas.
I’ve lived in Louisiana for over seven years now. I’ve talked to many people who support Trump, and they firmly believe that while he outsources a lot of his merchandise overseas, he will somehow make America great again by bringing back the manufacturing jobs that were lost decades ago.
Just down the road from where I live, you can find a former Fruit Of The Loom factory in St. Martinville. Up in Port Barre, there is another one that stands abandoned. Louisiana relied on the fossil fuel industry during the years since manufacturing went away, but that has now collapsed.
Louisiana went heavily for Trump in the 2016 presidential election. Currently, all major offices are held by Republicans, except for the Governor’s office, which is held by a conservative Democrat who beat a scandal-ridden David Vitter. This holds true for most of the South, thanks to people voting against their interests.
Now we have the “tax reform” bill which is due to be signed by The Donald. This bill will do very little for the majority of his supporters, while giving more money to the 1%. So why do the Deplorables support it so much?
The results of my research has come down to this: there are two types who support Trump. You have your traditional Republicans who would vote for an alleged child molester like Roy Moore over a Democrat. And then there are the Deplorables, a group of nihilists who have accepted their fate at the bottom of the social pile, and want to drag everyone else down there with them.
They have no hopes for their future. They’re angry people who know that their manufacturing jobs aren’t coming back. They’re young men who spend their days on Internet forums, eating up the vitriol from alt-right groups and Russian trolls. There aren’t any illusions that life will ever get better for them, so like a school shooter, they want to take as many other people out with them as possible.