The writer Glenn Greenwald, who ruthlessly analyzes American politics as he pinpoints its disappointments and foibles, probably has the best take so far on the current and changing political milieu in the world, and it could apply to the current conservative moment in Oklahoma as well.
Greenwald, who has written for Salon and other publications and sites and helped found Intercept, said in a recent interview with Slate that Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump is a dangerous politician but the response to his threat and support have been somewhat misconstrued. In the interview, Greenwald notes:
Do you think the people voting for Donald Trump because they feel their economic future has been destroyed, or because they are racist, or because they feel fear of immigrants and hate the U.S. elite structure and want Trump to go and blow it up, give the slightest s—about Ukraine, that Trump is some kind of agent of Putin? They don’t! Just like the Brexit supporters.
The interview, which I linked to above, is wide-ranging and nuanced. Greenwald devotes a lot of his words to the recent Democratic National Convention email hack release by Wikileaks and its founder Julian Assange, but I want to focus on the above quote because I think it can be applied here in Oklahoma as well.
Too often, the national media and even progressives think that by simply calling out someone as a racist, sexist or liar will have some type of impact on changing people’s minds or on an election. There have been some cases, usually involving scandal, where that has been the case, but, as Greenwald notes, Trump supporters just don’t care about the larger ramifications of his presidency. They just want to “blow it up” in the figurative sense and see what happens.
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