No joking, even Australians would vote for a Donald Trump

No joking, even Australians would vote for a Donald Trump, by Caroline Overington.

Trump would absolutely have supporters in Australia, and they wouldn’t be cave-­dwellers and swamp-rompers and knuckle-draggers. They’d be ­people you know, and people you like, and people like you. They may even be you.

Because who are Trump’s supporters, really? Beyond the caricatures, they are mostly people who are tired of being told what to think and what to do. Also tired of being told how awful they are.

How ignorant, and racist, and sexist, and … yes, how deplorable they are. …

[T]he average Australian doesn’t think he’s ­racist … yet he’s forever being told he’s a racist and, frankly, he’s put out by that. …

The average Australian sees himself as a generous individual, happy to put his hand in his pocket to pay for things such as Aboriginal health services — $1 billion a year and counting — and he’s astounded by the fact nothing ever improves, and that this is, of course, his fault.

The average Australian couldn’t care less what anyone does in the privacy of their own bedroom — gay, straight, whatever — yet he’s apparently so ­vicious a homophobe that he can’t be trusted with a marriage equality plebiscite because he’s got such an ugly heart.