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Here Are 5 Things That Could Motivate Pro-Trump Voters in the November Midterms

August 23, 2018 in Blogs

By Alex Henderson, AlterNet

The president's supporters live in an alternate universe surrounded by “alternative facts.”

The events of Tuesday, August 21 are being met with very different responses from critics and supporters of President Donald Trump. On August 21, two of the president’s closest associates—former campaign manager Paul Manafort and his former personal attorney Michael Cohen—were either convicted of or pled guilty to eight federal criminal charges each. With Manafort, the charges he was convicted of included bank fraud and income tax evasion, and Cohen admitted to income tax evasion as well felony campaign finance violations. And while Trump’s critics see these convictions or guilty pleas—a total of 16 altogether on the same day, between Manafort and Cohen—as evidence of the corruption surrounding Trump and his associates, Trump’s diehard supporters have a totally different view. To Trumpistas, the legal problems of Manafort and Cohen and the Russia-related investigation headed by the U.S. Justice Department’s special counsel, Robert Mueller, are evidence of an anti-Trump witch hunt.

Trumpistas live in an alternate universe surrounded by “alternative facts,” to borrow an Orwellian phrase used by Trump’s advisor, Kellyanne Conway. While recent events with Manafort and Cohen could inspire Trump’s critics to vote Republicans out of office in the 2018 midterms, they could also inspire his hardcore supporters to go out and support the president by voting solid Republican in November. And pro-Trump voters will be motivated by other things as well, from abortion to the U.S. Supreme Court.

Here are five things that could motivate delusional Trumpistas to vote for pro-Trump Republicans in the midterms.

1. A Belief That Mueller Is Conducting a Mean-Spirited Witch Hunt Against Trump and His Associates

Trump has often used the term “witch hunt” to attack Mueller’s Russia-related investigation, and many of his supporters agree. To many Trumpistas, Mueller is a rabid Democratic Party partisan determined to unseat a democratically elected president—never mind the fact that Mueller is a conservative Republican who was appointed director of the FBI by President George W. Bush in 2001. And this mentality is evident in a commentary that Trump …read more


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