How can we explain that the victim of another Trump slur nonetheless stated afterward that this president “is the best thing that ever happened to this country”? How—after the president bawled out his victim, Frank Dawson, for being overweight and told him to go home to his mother—could thousands in his Manchester, NH rally on August 15 just sit there and stomach Trump’s claim that his campaign is based on “love”?
Of course, this is not the first time the president’s backers have ignored some of his most egregious statements. Lots of women voted for him even after he claimed to do anything he wished with them because he was famous. Many veterans backed him despite his put-down of war hero John McCain as one who surrendered to the enemy. Some moderate voters side with Trump despite his claim that the Charlottesville neo-fascists included “very fine” people. Some Evangelicals rationalize backing a man whom others see as a godless hypocrite.