Not quick, not clean, not overwhelming

Whether Trump goes or not, Trumpism isn’t going anywhere.

Democrats had hoped that four years of turmoil, attacks on norms and institutions and mendacity – plus a pandemic that cost 230,000 lives – would result in a quick, clean and overwhelming repudiation of the 45th president.

But on another miserable night for pollsters, it did not turn out that way. Trump proved resilient and increased his vote in Florida, Texas and other states. He found even more white working-class voters than last time and chipped away at Democratic support among Latinos. His cult-of-personality campaign rallies were as enthusiastic and rambunctious as ever.

Weird, isn’t it? His cult of loud boring stupid self-obsessed “personality” remains popular. Why? What’s to like? I’ll never understand it. I don’t mean it’s not my taste but I can see why people like it, I mean I can’t for the life of me see what there is to like. It’s not as if he’s genuinely funny, or charismatic, or refreshing. He’s none of those things. Bugs Bunny is those things, but Trump is a noisier Elmer Fudd.

When some Americans protested “This is not who we are”, Trump voters replied: “This is exactly who we are – and we’re not going anywhere.”

“The so-called moral outrage around Trump’s presidency did not produce any substantive shift in his Republican support,” tweeted Eddie Glaude, a professor at Princeton University and author of Democracy in Black. “In fact, he expanded his base among white voters. Trump continues to flourish in the intersection of greed, selfishness and racism.”

And misogyny; never forget the misogyny.

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