The historically incurious Donald Trump, who understands nothing about Abraham Lincoln, tells a crowd in Fredericksburg, Virginia, last night that he represents “the party of Abraham Lincoln.” Reaching for Lincolnesque rhetoric, Trump told black voters in Dimondale, Michigan, Friday that they should vote for him because, “What the hell do you have to lose?”
Trump appears to have nothing to lose with black voters: on top of alienating women, Muslims, Latinos, folks with disabilities, and military voters, Trump is losing the black vote to Jill Stein and Gary Johnson. Yet Trump tells Fredericksburg, “I want a totally inclusive country and I want an inclusive party” and insists to Dimondale that in 2020, “I can get over 95 percent of the African-American vote. I promise you.”
Donald Trump is a demonstrably bigger liar than anyone else running for President this year, but dwindling but dangerously large voter base does not care. The Dunning-Kruger effect is running rampant among angry white Americans who their supremacy is more important than truth. David Newquist explains why there’s no reasoning with Trumpists:
It is because he tells the lies that his adherents prefer to believe. The anti-intellectual faction cultivated by the Republican party cherishes and takes pride in its ignorance and its inability and refusal to handle factual information. Social scientists have studied this mentality over the years. When people’s beliefs in false facts are challenged, rather than examine them, they feel threatened, reject any conflicting information, and lock down on their preferred beliefs. Appeals to reason with verifiable facts makes them cling to their false notions more desperately [David Newquist, “Electing Trump President Would Be Like Passing out Loaded Guns as Favors at a Baby Party,” Northern Valley Beacon, 2016.08.18].
Trump is not about inclusion, not of blacks, and not of facts. Trump is about rage, entitlement, and unneighborliness. Trump is not the candidate of Lincoln; Trump is exactly the kind of mob-stirrer who Lincoln said poses the greatest danger to our republic, and whom Lincoln said we can only thwart by being “united with each other, attached to the government and laws, and generally intelligent.”
Related Reading: Abraham Lincoln might take the path of Daniel Akerson, former General Motors chief, Navy veteran, and lifelong supporter of Republican Presidential nominees until now:
The compelling rationale behind this decision: leadership. A good leader must demonstrate such qualities as competence, integrity, empathy, character and temperament. Hillary Clinton has these essential qualities. Donald Trump does not [Daniel Akerman, “I’ve Always Voted Republican. Until Now,” Washington Post, 2016.08.17].