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(CNN)They still love him. On Saturday, Donald Trump addressed a rally in Florida that was as big and adulatory as any he'd seen during the campaign. He attacked the federal judges who challenged his travel ban order. He attacked the reporters who ask tough questions. "They have their own agenda and their agenda is not your agenda," he said. This crowd was "our people," he said.
Their fidelity is impressive given the events of the last month. Trump has had to accept the resignation of his national security adviser, had his travel ban stymied, and ended last week with a bizarre anti-press press conference that, in the opinion of many journalists, was not only inappropriate but frightening.
But we journalists need to be reminded that not everyone is a journalist. Outside the media bubble, opinion of the media is colored by partisan prejudice and is often quite low. Trump has identified an enemy that, many conservatives believe, needs calling out.
When they watched that crazy press conference Thursday, they didn't share the media's alarm. They saw Trump fighting for survival, trying to break what they regard as the media's damaging monopoly on the truth. They're asking themselves, "Why doesn't the media let Donald get on with the job he was elected to do?"
Aside from hatred of the press, the other thing I've found that binds Trumpites together is a fear of decline. It's often noted that Trump supporters are wealthier than the working-class they claim to speak for, but that's beside the point. These are concerned citizens who have a patriotic dislike of unemployment or Islamist terrorism. They voted for Trump because he promised to restore the nation's greatness, by building a wall and locking jobs inside.
originally posted by: Agit8dChop
I think they like him because
1. He's not Hillary, Jeb, Mccain
2. He's not funded by Banks, Military or large Corporations
3. He has no lobbyists
4. He's actually standing by his promises
5. He's pointing the finger at the media and calling them liars - and rightfully so
6. He's clever and is weeding out the moles in his camp
7. He's telling foreign governments they either play fair or they aren't included in the game
I like him because.. well.. he's a patriot to his bones. He couldn't give a damn about anyone outside of America, but you better believe he will fight tooth and nail for every person inside of America - no matter how hated he becomes.
America has the opportunity to be awesome, if only your media would stop accepting money from the treasonous few to dump lies on him!
originally posted by: BubbaJoe
You are just completely f'n delusional. If you have any facts to back up any of that I will withdrawl my statement.
originally posted by: Christosterone
I love Trump because he drives liberals crazy...literally crazy...
And their whining/rioting is fueling my happiness...