Who Are Trump Supporters?

Who Are Trump Supporters?
by JBS President Emeritus John F. McManus

New Yorker Magazine is hardly a bastion of right-wing politics. Instead, it can usually be found promoting causes championed by liberals, left-wingers, and elitists. Its veteran political writer went to several Trump rallies to find out for himself what motivates anyone to support the New York City mogul.

Image by Gage Skidmore from Peoria, AZ, United States of America (Donald Trump supporters) [CC BY-SA 2.0], via Wikimedia Commons)

Before reading the New Yorker article, I received a report claiming that it provided more than two dozen reasons why some people like Donald Trump and want him for president. But then I read the article and found it to be anything but a pro-Trump piece. It does mention a few reasons why some Americans stand firmly in the Trump camp. But a politically on-the-fence American who reads it would likely be driven away from supporting Trump. He might end up voting for Trump’s opponent or decide not to vote at all.

The report I received – not the article itself– stated that Trump supporters “have had it with” an array of anti-Establishment politicians and policies. There’s nothing sensationally new about that. Its list of reasons is impressive, and they smack of accuracy. It says “Trumpies” are rebelling against anyone named Bush or Clinton, and against political correctness, illegal immigration, welfare waste and fraud, ObamaCare, Federal Reserve money-printing schemes, Barack Obama’s golf, Holiday – not Christmas – trees, global warming nonsense, gun confiscation threats, cop killers, stagnant wages, boys in the girls bathrooms, and more. My own survey assures me that all of that is a correct reading of any Trump supporter.

However, George Saunders who wrote the lengthy piece in New Yorker can hardly be described as an admirer of either Trump or the many Trump supporters he encountered and interviewed as he traveled across the country. On the other hand, the writer of the report (no name was provided) went far overboard in attributing any sort of pro-Trumpism to what Saunders provided.

With more than two months still remaining before Americans vote for the next president, plenty can happen to sway the yet undecided, maybe even move some from one camp to the other. We hope all will base their decision on facts, not on hit pieces or wild characterizations of any candidate.

The two articles mentioned above did agree in one main point. It is that most Americans are tired of promises not being kept by Democrats or Republicans, of changes in the nation’s culture and moral standards, of being given half-truths and lies when honesty remains the best policy, and of sensing that the country is being changed – not for the better but for the betterment of an arrogant well-entrenched few.

But another lesson reinforced from reading the magazine article and the ensuing report convinces me that checking the original is far and away the wiser course. Relying on someone’s view of something may take you far from what it really said.

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McManus_2Mr. McManus served in the U.S. Marine Corps in the late 1950s and joined the staff of The John Birch Society in August 1966. He has served various roles for the organization including Field Coordinator, Director of Public Affairs, and President. Mr. McManus has appeared on hundreds of radio and television programs and is also author of a number of educational DVDs and books. Now President Emeritus, he continues his involvement with the Society through public speaking and writing for this blog, the JBS Bulletin, and The New American.

5 Comments on “Who Are Trump Supporters?”

  1. Frank M Pelteson says:

    The problem is that Trump’s organization is infiltrated with communists and crypto-communists. Because of that, many people who are ardent Trump Supporters will be heartbroken and demoralized if Trump loses on account of these moles and the abounding anti-Trump propagandists in the MAINSTREAM MEDIA.


    • Bill McNally says:

      Mr. Pelteson I agree,however, I would encourage followers of Mr. McMaus’s blogs to read the latest book written by JBS CEO Art Thompson entitled “To the Victors Goes the Myths & Monuments” Mr. Thompson’s Tome of the first hundred years of our republic is necessary for interested voters to understand the origins of the forces of darkness at work against America, et al.


  2. John J. Tobak says:

    The job of the voter is to vote for the best man for the job. Darrell Castle of The Constitution Party is by far the best man for the job. He is a moral man of integrity who, if you agree with his positions and beliefs, deserves your vote.

    And what’s also great about Darrell Castle is that he, unlike Donald Trump, doesn’t go around saying that he “really like[s] and respect[s]” the president of the Council on Foreign Relations!


    • Mark Seidenberg says:

      I am the Chairman of the American Independent Party of California. I will not attack Darrell
      Castle, He is a fine man, but the ticket of Trump/Pence is far better for these United States.
      Mr. Tobuk, I read your comments on Congressman Utt in the Indy, It was well thought out.
      Congressman Utt was my congressmen when I lived in Seal Beach, CA. The issue as I
      see it now was the event during the academic year at the UN Naval Academy for 74 – 75.
      That was the year that Midshipman Joseph E. Schmitz put up a swastika at the USNA an
      almost got sacked from the Academy for that stunt.

      I was wondering if John McManus recalled that event when Joseph E. Schmitz was a JBS
      leader at the USNA.? John McManus please phone me about that event circa 74 to 75.

      The American Independent Party nominated the Trump/Pence ticket on August 13, 2016.
      TRUMP/PENCE will make America Great.

      Sincerely, Mark Seidenberg, Chairman, American Independent Party of Califronia
      Phone # 714 951-3669

      The problem now Trump has is Joseph E. Schmitz,


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