Word Salad

Word Salad

Matt HealeyFriday,4 September 2015

Despite the fact that I still plan on voting for Trump in the New Hampshire primary, I have to admit that in many cases I have no idea what he is saying. Granted I am not a true Trump supporter. I am supporting the WWTDD ticket, which calls for a Trump/Sanders race. Still, I would challenge anyone to figure out what Trump said in the following excerpt from a speech.

Look having nuclear – my uncle was a great professor and a scientist and engineer, Dr. John Trump at MIT – good genes, very good genes, OK? – the Wharton school of finance, very good, very smart – you know if you’re a conservative Republican – if I ran as a liberal Democrat, they would say I am one of the smartest people anywhere in the world, it’s true, but when you are a conservative Republican they try – oh, they do a number – that’s why I always start, ‘went to Wharton, was a good student, went there, went there, did this, built a fortune’ – you know I have to give my credentials all the time, because we’re a little disadvantaged – but  you look at the nuclear deal, the thing that really bothers me – it would have been so easy – and it’s not important as these lives are – nuclear is powerful – my uncle explained that to me many many years ago the power and that was 35 years ago – he would explain the power of what was going to happen and he was right – who would have though? – but when you look at what is going on with the four prisoners – now it used to be three, now it’s four – but when it was three and even now I would have said it was all in the messenger – fellas, and it is fellas because you know they haven’t figured out that the women are smarter right now than the men, so you know it’s going to take them about another 150 years – but the Persians are great negotiators, the Iranians are great negotiators – and they just killed us.

I have no idea what he just said. I have read it multiple times and I am still lost. And, because I always start with my credentials, I could usually figure out what Palin was saying.

But the fact that he makes no sense is interesting for another reason. If you ask a real Trump supporter why they like him, one of the common answers is “he tells it like it is.” Really?!? Never mind that a significant number of his statements are factually incorrect. The thing is that doesn’t change his support. His supporters still think he is “telling it like it is.”

What he is really doing is telling it as he and his supporters want it to be. There is an entire segment of the evangelical christian party of god that is uncomfortable with the large demographic changes that are currently going on in the U.S. This segment wants to go back to ‘simpler times’ when ‘no one was gay,’ when ‘women knew their place’, and when ‘minorities were happy as second class citizens.’ However, white male christian privilege is eroding in favor of a more level playing field. And I have never known a group that has willingly given up a structural advantage. So, “telling it like it is” is actually “telling it like I want it to be, because everything that is going wrong is the fault of immigrants, minorities, women, gays, atheists, and anyone else who doesn’t look and think like god fairing, white christian AMERICANS, DAMMIT.”

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