For everyone who is decidedly not voting for Donald Trump this November, their thinking often isn’t merely “I cannot vote for that man,” but, moreover, “I cannot imagine who actually would vote for that man.”
Well, in a rather snarky op-ed, The New York Times has assembled an astounding list of some of Trump’s high-profile supporters — and it’s every bit as appalling as Trump’s detractors surely imagine it to be.
Whether you support Trump or not, whether you believe his endorsements are any real reflection on him or not, and whether you believe (as Trump claims) that The New York Times is “failing” and “a disgusting fraud” or not, it’s still quite something to see some of his most shocking endorsees listed one after the other.
First and foremost, the Times writes, Trump’s supporters include certain terrorists. Citing a recent piece from Foreign Affairs entitled “Why ISIS Is Rooting for Trump,” the evidence shows that some jihadists essentially believe that Trump would do and say things crazy enough to cause the United States to self-destruct and would thus actually end up aiding extremism.
One ISIS spokesman even wrote the following on an online channel with the group two weeks ago: “I ask Allah to deliver America to Trump.” “He must be smoking bad hashish to say such crazy things,” another jihadist added. “Trump’s arrival in the White House must be a priority for jihadists at any cost!” said a third.
Extremists on the home front have likewise voiced their support for Trump as well. At least three white nationalist organizations thus far have endorsed the Republican nominee in one way or another.
For one, American Nazi Party chairman Rocky Suhayda made headlines a few weeks ago when he claimed that a Trump presidency would be “a real opportunity for people like white nationalists.” In addition, the imperial wizard of the Rebel Brigade Knights of the Ku Klux Klan has stated that “Donald Trump would be best for the job…The reason a lot of Klan members like Donald Trump is because a lot of what he believes, we believe in.”
Beyond America’s borders, Trump has garnered the support of a few of the most commonly vilified — right or wrong — nations on Earth, including Russia, China, and North Korea.
“Trump is not the rough-talking, screwy, ignorant candidate they say he is, but is actually a wise politician,” a columnist wrote in a North Korean propaganda magazine, DPRK Today. “Likewise,” the Times writes, “many Chinese leaders would like to see a Trump victory, according to Cheng Li, an expert on Chinese politics at the Brookings Institution. The Chinese leaders apparently think Trump would manage allies and American foreign policy poorly, thus reducing American influence and creating space for China.”
And, finally, when you scale back from nations or even groups and get down to the level of high-profile individuals, some of Trump’s endorsements are just as controversial. As the Times writes:
“He does have the backing of other prominent figures. Among them: Martin Shkreli, who as C.E.O. of Turing Pharmaceuticals raised the price of a lifesaving drug by more than 5,000 percent; Milo Yiannopoulos, recently banned from Twitter for leading internet trolls on a misogynist and racist campaign against Leslie Jones, the comedian and actress; and Alex Jones, the talk show host who has said that the Apollo 11 moon landing was faked and that no children were actually injured in the Sandy Hook school shooting.”
Finally, the Times writes, “O.K., O.K., it’s also true that Trump has support of tens of millions of Americans.” And that is of course true; the latest polls from what most assume to be the left and the right both reveal that it’s a tight race.
Trump will indeed get tens of millions of votes this November. And his detractors are surely happy that at least some of his most controversial supporters listed above won’t be among those going to the polls.
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