There’s a reason why Kim Kardashian gets exponentially more news airtime than George Will. There’s a reason why most Americans can tell you of Tom Brady’s “plight” but they haven’t heard of Saeed Abedini. It’s the same reason that Donald Trump is on top of the polls as someone “fighting the system” while [mc_name name=’Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX)’ chamber=’senate’ mcid=’C001098′ ], [mc_name name=’Sen. Rand Paul (R-KY)’ chamber=’senate’ mcid=’P000603′ ], and other real candidates are somehow considered DC insiders by average voters. We live in a selfie society, one that has grown accustomed to narcissism to the point that it’s considered commonplace, even enigmatically admirable.
It’s not a shock that Trump posted four Tweets on 9/11 talking about himself or attacking others before posting a message about the terrorist attacks of 2001. Once he checked off that box, he went right back to posting about his victorious purchase of the other half of the Miss Universe Organization from NBC. That Tweet received over 1300 retweets and 3500 favorites in two hours.
Most here probably feel that social media in general and Twitter in particular aren’t very important reflections of a candidate. For better of for worse, it’s the only exposure that some people have to the world of politics. When you see people sitting at a restaurant thumbing on their smartphones, the majority aren’t flipping through the pages of Red State or clicking on links from Drudge. A good chunk of them are on social media seeing what’s happening in their world. This is what society is quickly becoming – head buried in mobile devices and paying very little attention to what’s happening around us. To downplay the actions of a candidate on social media is to lack the understanding necessary to keep a Democrat from winning the White House again.
Trump’s rise in popularity has been baffling to many. I really didn’t see it coming. I assumed that enough people would see through his salesmanship and realize that he’s an exceptional self-promoter and not much of anything else. Unfortunately, I didn’t take that understanding a step further.
It’s not that people don’t understand what Trump truly represents. It’s that a ton of them don’t care. The job of true conservatives is not to expose Trump for what he is. Most of his supporters already understand that. We must educate them on why it’s not beneficial in the long term for the Republican party and in the short term for the whole country.