Watch this video and reflect on your emotional reaction. Confident, Cocky, White, Successful, Confrontational, and Direct Male with a Crude sense of humor. Feel threatened or do you feel entertained?
Now watch this video made by Hillary, which, as pointed out by Scott Adams (Dilbert Guy), is actually a pro-Trump ad: https://amp.twimg.com/v/85d61190-d754-468a-9c04-35b58ec11532
Consider the reality that both haters and lovers of Trump will watch the exact same videos and have exactly opposite emotional reactions.
Just as a reminder, my political views match closer toward Rothbardian Anarcho-Capitalism. Trump’s policies do not match up with what I would personally want as a President. But remember, we’re not primarily talking about policies here. This is essentially a popularity contest that is very personal to the individual, and then the individual will make up reasons after the fact considering them to be “rational.” It’s a “shorthand” our mind plays on ourselves in order to conserve brain power.
Being a real estate entrepreneur that is confident, cocky, Korean, successful, confrontational, and direct male with a crude sense of humor, I relate to the Donald, so it’s easy for me to understand his appeal. Being raised in a very conservative, Korean Christian church, I’m very familiar with the beta-male, religious, stick up their ass, no sense of humor, types. This was also my appeal to Mark Driscoll. I can assure you that I’ve “offended” quite a bit of people with my “style” over the years long before this most recent election cycle. The same people who are put off by Donald Trump will also find themselves put off by me since I exhibit a somewhat similar style, though I will make dirty jokes on the level of Joe Rogan, Louis C.K, Seth McFarlin, South Park, and Will Ferrel.
Reddit’s /r/the_donald very much reflects my humor. If you enjoy /r/the_donald we’d probably have a fun time together. If you’re horrified by /r/the_donald, you’ll most likely find me horrifying as well.
From this initial emotional reaction of whether or not “you like the guy” comes additional loaded terms such as: liar, crooked, racist, sexist, bad character, etc. Technically speaking, we are guilty of these “sins” to one degree or another. The intent of using these labels by detractors, however, are primarily to reinforce the initial emotional reactions of the haters. This is exactly the same techniques that were used against Mark Driscoll. Specific actions each individual has done can be discussed in order to bolster the severity of the “sin,” but the level of objectivity put into that research is severely hampered by how emotionally invested one is of their initial reaction.
I’d be more empathetic if people would simply say, “I don’t like Trump because he just rubs me the wrong way.” Instead, they try to hide their initial emotional reaction behind “the issues” and ambiguously charged terms that haven’t been rigorously researched. If you feel strong indignation from the mere fact of someone questioning your beliefs, it may not mean you’re wrong. It just means that you may want to properly recognize those emotions as being part of a normal biological response, rather than projecting those emotions at the individual that is questioning you.
I’m not so much “pro-Trump”, as I’m “anti intellectual laziness.” And I will admit, when I see intellectual laziness, it does trigger me in a primal sense due to various childhood experiences. I’m aware it’s an issue and I’m trying to work through it to be more sympathetic by better understanding the “moist robot” theory. I have my good and bad days like anybody else.