Why Did So Many Americans Buy Into Trump's lies?

How could a serial loan defaulter ever be a ‘good businessman?’

Manny Otiko

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Trump supporters (Gage Skidmore/Flickr)

If I read another article about people who voted for ex-President Donald Trump because he was “a good businessman,” I’m going to scream. I just read another such report in The New York Times that claimed Trump scored more Latino voters than expected because of his ”business expertise.”

“In focus groups, Equis Labs’ interviewers noticed that Mr. Trump’s history as a businessman was seen as a positive attribute by many Latino voters, who viewed him as well positioned to guide the economy through the pandemic-driven recession. Partly as a result, the analysis found, many conservative Latino voters who had been hanging back at the start of the campaign came around to supporting him,” said The New York Times.

I’ve already explained how this line of thinking is woefully incorrect. This subject was also discussed in a Washington Post magazine article by Eric Garcia, who said his Mexican-American father voted for Trump.

The Trump delusion

However, I’m sure it won’t be the last time we hear this. But this line of thinking is so far off the mark, I have to call it stupid. People who believe this must also think pro-wrestling is real and help prosperity-gospel preachers buy new jets.

What’s the thought process? Trump is good for business, so I’m going to ignore the fact that he also led to a spike in hate crimes against my community?

But it’s evident that we live in a country where too many people are functionally illiterate. They can barely read and write and they definitely can’t process information…

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Manny Otiko

Manny Otiko writes about race, politics and sports. He has been published in Salon and LA Weekly. Follow him on Twitter @mannyotiko.