The popularity of Donald Trump is reportedly causing high anxiety; and Trump supporters may like that.
The Washington Post reports that psychologists and massage therapists are finding that the popularity of Donald Trump is disturbing their clients.
To the catalogue of anxieties her patients explore during therapy — marriage, children, and careers — psychologist Alison Howard is now listening to a new source of stress: the political rise of Donald Trump.
In recent days, at least two patients have invoked the Republican front-runner, including one who talked at length about being disturbed that Trump can be so divisive and popular at the same time, said Howard, who practices in the District.
The article amasses evidence that are some of the reasons Tad Cronn writes that we are “the wimpiest generation” to be frightened by Donald Trump.
But we might also ask if this somewhat explains why Donald Trump remains popular despite missteps.
If Donald Trump is supported by people who have felt disenfranchised by the political leadership in the Republican Party, then it is probable that these people have felt increasing anxiety caused by what they perceive as a culture that ignore or despises them.
Now, by supporting Donald Trump, they can get payback. They can make Liberal urban dwellers go running to their therapists to whine about how scared they are.
That has got to be quite satisfying.
“He has stirred people up,” Howard said. “We’ve been told our whole lives not to say bad things about people, to not be bullies, to not ostracize people based on their skin color. We have these social mores and he breaks all of them and he’s successful. And people are wondering how he gets away with it.”
It is pure, mindless, malicious slander to say that Donald Trump has ostracized anyone “based on their skin color.” The lie reveals that self-styled sophisticates like Howards and his cash cows patients have used anti-bullying, anti-hate-speech rhetoric to bully and malign a large segment of the population. Now they are talking back, using Trump as their megaphone. They are making the people who marginalized them feel marginalized themselves.
It is a delicious feeling!
If I am right, Donald Trump’s popularity isn’t solely derived from what people think or hope he will do as President. They are supporting Donald Trump because he gives them what they want right now.
He makes their enemies tremble with fear.
Of course, this doesn’t necessarily mean that he can defeat Hillary Clinton or that he will keep his promises if he becomes President. Perhaps Trump’s supporters are making a bad choice for the future in exchange for immediate benefits.
Or perhaps the popularity of Donald Trump mean the people have given up on the Presidency and have decided to worry about more immediate results because they can never be sure about the future.
They might be thinking, “The country may be going to Hell, but we can at least torment the people who sent us in that direction.”