Donald Trump’s honest politics

Donald Trump’s honest politics, by Declan Mansfield.

Trump’s success is based on a simple idea – his followers believe that he tells the truth. And he does tell the truth. It’s the truth that any normal, flawed human being with an ounce of self-consciousness recognises in themselves.

It’s the person who forgets their car keys. Or the parent who contradicts an earlier statement because she’s tired and her teenage daughter’s petulance has finally eaten away at her patience. It’s the person who is trying to understand a problem that doesn’t have an easy answer. It’s when you think you have the answer in the morning but realise in the afternoon you were wrong. It’s the way everyday people behave in real life. And it’s not being deceitful. It’s being human.

This is what Trump’s followers recognise in him. They see somebody who doesn’t look down on them. They see a politician who at least admits that there is a problem instead of fobbing them off with boilerplate, feel-good, greeting card rhetoric. They see someone who doesn’t bully them and destroy their lives by using the malevolent tactic of calling them racist, sexist, homophobic or “deplorable”. They see someone who is fighting against people who have silenced them in the most dishonest ways. …

They don’t see the over-weening self-regard and hypocrisy that has become a feature of left-wing politics in America. …

He’s a sinner but at least he’s not a hypocrite. …

Trump is the antidote to the politics of sneaky malice and covert dishonesty. It’s all up front. All politicians lie because they discovered a long time ago that we don’t elect them when they tell us the truth. But there is a difference between telling off-the-cuff untruths and the deliberate, co-ordinated government lying that the Obama administration indulged in over the murder of the American ambassador in Libya.

hat-tip Stephen Neil