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Why Do So Many Republican Voters
Support Trump? A Theory

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Posted By: tisHimself, 9/12/2019 6:08:49 AM

Early Monday morning, Donald Trump tweeted: “94% Approval Rating in the Republican Party, a record. Thank you!” Where the president got this specific number remains a mystery. Recent polls by YouGov put his GOP approval roughly ten points lower, and Gallup, which has tracked Trump’s popularity since he took office, puts him at 88 percent. But I suppose we shouldn’t be surprised that Trump used his Sharpie to round up his score. He’s deeply invested in being — or at least claiming to be — the most popular Republican president in history.

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Reply 1 - Posted by: winmag 9/12/2019 6:15:38 AM (No. 177683)
It's just amazing how clueless these never Trumpers are.
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Reply 2 - Posted by: Tank 9/12/2019 6:16:58 AM (No. 177685)
Because we finally have a Republican president who is defending our principles and enacting what we've been begging for since at least 1992, if not longer. Judas Priest, Jonah, get your head together.
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Reply 3 - Posted by: chance_232 9/12/2019 6:24:34 AM (No. 177688)
JG hasnt gotten it together because he refuses to see the obvious right in front of him. If your a Trump supporter, your a rabid supporter who refuses to see that Orange Man is bad. In this regard, he's as bad as any democrat. He just doesnt call us racist nazis. But he does get invited on NPR, because he is always happy to take swipes at Trump.
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Reply 4 - Posted by: WhamDBambam 9/12/2019 6:24:52 AM (No. 177689)
I'm sorry, but I tried to give it an uncritical read, but by his third two-sentence paragraph he "cleverly" references the wholly media created Sharpie "scandal," I threw in the towel. Here's a clue, Ace. You're not funny and you come across bitter at levels not seen since junior high. You've become your own echo chamber.
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Reply 5 - Posted by: Doconc 9/12/2019 6:24:55 AM (No. 177690)
Wrong again Jonah. Always wrong He does what he promised An unknown concept to beltway rinos Maybe u should consult Paul Ryan or boehner or flake or mittens for ur next article
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Reply 6 - Posted by: chumley 9/12/2019 6:39:00 AM (No. 177695)
My daughter has a little dog like him. Makes a lot of noise and nips at your ankles, but not much to it. Sad. I used to enjoy his writing before he sold out.
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Reply 7 - Posted by: BarryNo 9/12/2019 6:43:00 AM (No. 177697)
I really get tired of Jonah's snark. It's not amusing - simply childish.
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Reply 8 - Posted by: DoneinCalif 9/12/2019 6:46:00 AM (No. 177699)
Go Away.
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Reply 9 - Posted by: OBX Pete 9/12/2019 6:51:23 AM (No. 177702)
Why Do So Many Republican Voters Support Trump? We don't need Jonah to tell us. We already know. If anybody does not know just listen to one of his rally speeches and YOU will know !!
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Reply 10 - Posted by: LesUNo 9/12/2019 6:56:07 AM (No. 177704)
Breathtaking obstinacy! I don’t believe for a second that Jonas is so utterly oblivious to reality. President Trump IS at war! There has been an attempted coup. The heads of the FBI, the CIA, the DOJ and the prior administration have tried every dirty trick imaginable to undermine his Presidency and remove him from office. Years of investigations have managed to produce nothing. Spying and lies and distorted facts have undermined American’s faith in our huge and power DOJ and FBI. President Trump’s family has been investigated, personally attacked, maligned and belittled for the past three years. We can’t ignore the complicity of the press. Democrats in Congress do nothing but RESIST. Impeachment? For what? Nowhere are there any facts supporting the accusations that President Trump is a racist or a white supremacist. Instead I would describe him as a patriot. His love for this nation is obvious to everyone but the most obtuse. He does not want to “fundamentally change this nation”. He is making it stronger and more prosperous and everyone is benefitting. There......does that help?
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Reply 11 - Posted by: F15 Gork 9/12/2019 6:57:36 AM (No. 177705)
Jonah, you really do need to get a passport and visit the heartland - unlike the two left coasts, not everyone out here is a Richard Cranium like yourself...
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Reply 12 - Posted by: frew 9/12/2019 7:00:52 AM (No. 177708)
The article relies a great deal on Jonah's ability to read the President's mind, an ability I'm certain Jonah doesn't have. A man who taunts and baits the press might do it out of peevishness, but he might have a number of other reasons for doing it such as to direct the attention of the press where he wants it. A man who constantly blows his own horn might be doing it out of narcissism, but it also might be because he has learned how to pace his supporters. Jonah apparently prefers to interpret the President's actions in the least charitable way.
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Reply 13 - Posted by: mythman 9/12/2019 7:21:19 AM (No. 177723)
Jonah + National Review again? Like I'd ever click either of them.
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Reply 14 - Posted by: Falconer 9/12/2019 7:23:15 AM (No. 177726)
Probably voted for Hillary didn't you Jonah?
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Reply 15 - Posted by: Rinktum 9/12/2019 7:26:20 AM (No. 177729)
The obstinate nature of the author is an indicator that he is unwilling to give this President credit where credit is due. It says a lot more about Mr. Goldberg’s character than it does President Trump’s. Clearly, the author is not even aware of the vicious nature of the left or doesn’t care that they attack him 24/7/365 relentlessly. The President is not going to let what the left is dishing out to go unchallenged and for that and more he deserves my unwavering support. It is unfortunate that the author cannot put down his hate long enough to appreciate the good he has done for the country. The air truly must be very rarified in the Goldberg universe.
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Reply 16 - Posted by: NancyD 9/12/2019 7:54:11 AM (No. 177757)
Trump has giving the GOP a spine. It is something that they have lacked since Reagan. If that is what Jonah is referring to... maybe he likes the GOP weak?
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Reply 17 - Posted by: montwoodcliff 9/12/2019 7:55:47 AM (No. 177759)
Trump sure knows how to troll you Jonah. And so what if he polls at 88% instead of 94%! The point is that he is doing exactly what all the posters ahead of are saying. My only question is, what are the other 6 to 12% up to...are they paying attention?
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Reply 18 - Posted by: msjena 9/12/2019 7:59:18 AM (No. 177761)
We don’t need a theory (and a bizarre one at that) to know why Republicans support Trump. It’s because of his policies—on immigration, abortion, the Supreme. Court, the economy, the US’s standing in the world. The Never Trumpers’ problem with Trump is all about style, not substance. The choice between Trump and any Democrat is a no-brainer. Jonah doesn’t have to like Trump but what possible rationale can there be for trying to undermine him?
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Reply 19 - Posted by: texaspast 9/12/2019 8:03:58 AM (No. 177765)
No 'theory' needed, Jonah. Just ask us. Better yet, read yo mama's website.
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Reply 20 - Posted by: kdog 9/12/2019 8:07:12 AM (No. 177768)
Even a student newspaperman working on this would consider the tangible reasons Trump may be popular among Republicans. There is the roaring economy, bringing manufacturing jobs back, lowest unemployment rate ever, protecting our borders, being RESPECTFUL of OUR military, insisting on American exceptionalism around the world, to both friends and enemies. That would be just a start... Oh yeah, and my 401K is FINALLY making some real returns after 8 years of malaise! This is just more neverTrump bashing by someone still thinking he has ANY influence over Republican voters.
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Reply 21 - Posted by: Kate318 9/12/2019 8:15:15 AM (No. 177777)
Ah yes, Trump is popular, not because we can clearly see his accomplishments, or because he fights for us. He is popular because we are stupid, blind, and easily led. Previous posters are correct, in that the article is a detailed narrative of Jonah’s issues, not ours. And, one more time for the cheap seats in the back: Trump supporters do not refuse to see Trump’s faults; we choose to ignore them because his positive traits outweigh them. Big difference.
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Reply 22 - Posted by: starboard 9/12/2019 8:16:02 AM (No. 177778)
Let me tell you why Jonah. First and foremost, President Trump, without a doubt, loves this country and he clearly projects this to the people. He's not a phony like 99% of politicians. He likes what he does and this comes across. Also, he enjoys having a conversation with the American folks and talks TO them not AT them. This is why he Tweets, it's his way of reaching out without the intrusion of the fake media. Then, he's not owned by backers and special interests. There's no one to pay back. With all his warts and foibles he's 100% authentic and people like that about him. Basically, they trust him. He presents a strong paternal image to the people and around the world. He built an empire, something Bernie Sanders, Liz Warren, Joe Biden and the other Lilliputians haven't a clue about doing. He knows how to get results and things done. Most of all, President Trump is likable in his own Trump way. That's why we support him.
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Reply 23 - Posted by: Newtsche 9/12/2019 8:23:30 AM (No. 177789)
I won't read Jonah. Has he ever made a real case for his dislike of PDT or does he just wallow in talking points? He's been rabidly anti-Trump since the get go, so much so there seems to be something else at work, some old history there we don't know about.
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Reply 24 - Posted by: seamusm 9/12/2019 8:27:42 AM (No. 177795)
Oh Jonah! Who do YOU think could have defeated Hillary? Or could you truly believe we'd have been better off with her? Maybe you should start advocating for Trump's successor in 2024 instead of undermining the current President. Please tell me that you still have a conservative soul.
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Reply 25 - Posted by: Laotzu 9/12/2019 8:33:24 AM (No. 177799)
The answer is, because he loves his Country. Haven't seen that on the presidential debate stage since Sarah Palin. The Beltway types think that's corny and borderline fascist, because they conflate love of Country with love of government. See Jane Run. See Jonah jump shark.
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Reply 26 - Posted by: Strike3 9/12/2019 8:39:05 AM (No. 177806)
I'm sure he has it wrong because he's had it wrong since 2015 so I'm not going to bother.
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Reply 27 - Posted by: hurricanegirl 9/12/2019 9:02:26 AM (No. 177831)
Well, Jonah, you certainly live up to your namesake, who is known for heading in the OPPOSITE direction than he should have. Perhaps spending three days in the belly of a while might help you, too!
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Reply 28 - Posted by: Dodge Boy 9/12/2019 9:11:52 AM (No. 177836)
It's because the President is the last hope we have for salvaging the republic. He means what he says and says what he mean. He symbolizes freedom and self-respect. He believes in God. He is not part of the deep state.
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Reply 29 - Posted by: The Kansas Cowboy 9/12/2019 9:13:39 AM (No. 177840)
Jonah, please get over your self. I know your backside is hurt, but it is time for you to let this thing go. Along with the Democratic Socialists and their paid Fake News media, you just can't see the GREAT SUCCESSES this country has experienced under Trump. Trump ran as a populist and won as a populists and is now governing as a populists. The economy is doing GREAT. More Black and Hispanic citizens are employed than ever before. Wages are rising, the Trade Deficit is shrinking, and the citizens of the United State have money in their pockets. Of all of the people who ran for president when he did, please name one that would have done better than has Trump. And you surely don't think Hillary would have been better. We didn't elect him to set in our White House and cow tow to the Democratic Socialists and their media. We didn't elect him to be our Pastor either. We looked at him as Jesus will. We saw his flaws and it reminded us of our flaws. He is a down to earth Git-r-done kind of guy and just what this country needs at this time.
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Reply 30 - Posted by: red1066 9/12/2019 9:18:15 AM (No. 177847)
Why do so called Republicans NOT support Trump?
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Reply 31 - Posted by: Oldenoughtoknowbetter 9/12/2019 9:24:26 AM (No. 177856)
Jonah, Sept 12th 2001 was unexpected to those who thought we were weak. We showed we loved our country, we didn't want to change it to a new world order, to one religion, have a weak military, adopt different values or live under socialism/communism/or a dictator. We still don't but the Dems keep on trying. Obama set the stage for that but we won't be fooled again. We love our country even with all its flaws and will fight for it. President Trump loves this country. The Democratic candidates just keep trying to recreate it.
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Reply 32 - Posted by: RU4us 9/12/2019 9:25:28 AM (No. 177860)
We can be thankful that young son Jonah is a writer (and not, say a pilot), where 6% can be "roughly 10%".
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Reply 33 - Posted by: dman 9/12/2019 9:42:01 AM (No. 177880)
Jonah, Jonah, Jonah: It's about the message, not the messenger. Just look at the prophets, kings, and disciples who were "chosen" in the Bible.
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Reply 34 - Posted by: Oschism 9/12/2019 1:45:55 PM (No. 178105)
Goddamn, Lucianne raised a big fat pussy.
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Reply 35 - Posted by: swarfer 9/12/2019 1:50:35 PM (No. 178107)
I can appreciate good writing and arguments etc. even if I don't agree. I'm not familiar with Mr. Goldberg, but this article is completely useless. It makes no sense whatsoever. Everyone knows, even CNN, that the Democratic Party is at war with traditional America and intends to remake it in their image and TRUMP is trying to stop them. Perhaps Republican voters support TRUMP because the Democratic party has become as useless as Mr. Goldberg's writing.
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Reply 36 - Posted by: zephyrgirl 9/12/2019 5:19:39 PM (No. 178244)
I support Trump because he fights back and doesn't let the leftists smear him. The GOPe still thinks that fighting back is "unpresidential." I offer Presidents McCain and Romney as examples of that theory's effectiveness.
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Reply 37 - Posted by: Italiano 9/12/2019 6:24:34 PM (No. 178299)
We are in a war, against a far more dangerous enemy than Islam, and it may not stay “cold” that much longer.
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Reply 38 - Posted by: DVC 9/12/2019 6:34:46 PM (No. 178304)
Jonah used to be interesting. Now, I am just saddened and embarrassed that he thinks that these essays are anything besides a measure of the severity of his TDS symptoms. This is such deranged babble. I really am starting to feel quite bad for him, and I keep HOPING that one day he will start recovering and start acting like the old Jonah that I used to read with great respect. But now, it is like having a friend with some sort of a terrible disease that you can't help, but you just keep hoping and praying that your friend will recover from his dread disease and bounce back to normal. Jonah, PLEASE sort this out and come back to normal.
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Reply 39 - Posted by: doctorfixit 9/13/2019 12:54:22 AM (No. 178462)
What a disgustingly smarmy person. National Review is leftwing garbage.
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Reply 40 - Posted by: YorkieMom 9/13/2019 1:17:13 AM (No. 178465)
I read quite a few of the responses on the NR website, and I read quite a few of the responses here. What a difference. Too many here are just killing the messenger instead of actually commenting on the article, and one comment here is disgusting. #35 should be ashamed. The echo chamber is getting hard to take. I’ll be like Jonah and prepare for incoming, but some of us are tired of the fighting and insults. I sure don’t want a Democrat to win, but imo, Trump can get a lot more votes if he could stop acting like he’s in middle school.
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Reply 41 - Posted by: judy 9/13/2019 5:59:01 AM (No. 178535)
This is 2019...Trump won in 2016... get over it! This is getting very boring & repetitive!! Please be fair & write about open borders, sanctuary cities, high tax, free money party...the Dems....
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Reply 42 - Posted by: franq 9/13/2019 6:06:10 AM (No. 178540)
Jonah, first analyze why these "voters" are Republican. Then it may make some sense to you. I never finished college, but golly some of these articles make me go "Huh?".
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Reply 43 - Posted by: NotaBene 9/13/2019 12:28:34 PM (No. 178891)
The Nep cannot accept the vox populi that is the best president in our lifetime. Under Jonah´s watch NRO was destroyed. Under Donald Trump the USA is flourishing. National Review probably does not provide 401k for their employees; most of America is wealthy again under Trump as in 8 Trillion in market cap.
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Reply 44 - Posted by: beca 9/13/2019 12:41:32 PM (No. 178901)
Jonah Goldberg. Sorry. I don’t agree with much he says ..
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Reply 45 - Posted by: Daddoo 9/14/2019 7:40:29 AM (No. 179431)
Poor Jonah, he used to be someone. Now he's reduced to being a pseudo-Republican Pomeranian, circling and yipping, trying to bite President Trump's ankles.
7 people like this.

Reply 46 - Posted by: RickyRoma 9/14/2019 8:41:49 AM (No. 179509)
Here's how I keep getting invited back to the Fox News panel with good buddy Brett.
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Reply 47 - Posted by: BillW. 9/14/2019 9:48:39 AM (No. 179591)
Is post-adolescence hyphenated? Grownups support Trump because he is saving America. MAGA
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The Pentagon on Tuesday suspended all training of Saudi military officers training in the U.S. as it launched a wide-ranging review Tuesday evening in the wake of a deadly shooting over the weekend at a base in Pensacola, Florida that claimed the lives of three U.S. sailors. All operational training of Saudi nationals who are in programs at U.S. military facilities will be halted immediately, and the review will limit their training to classroom-based only, said a top Pentagon official on a Tuesday evening call with reporters. The FBI identified the shooter as 21-year-old Mohammed Alshamrani, 21, a 2nd lieutenant in the Royal Saudi Air Force
Barr is on the case 27 replies
Posted by Pluperfect 12/11/2019 4:30:43 AM Post Reply
Attorney General William Barr sat for an extended interview with NBC’s Pete Williams to discuss the findings in the Department of Justice Inspector General report released yesterday afternoon. NBC has cut the thing up in a couple of stories, but it has also posted the whole thing on YouTube (24-minute video below). Barr is familiar with the evidence gathered so far; he knows what he’s talking about. He understands that what we have staring us in the face is an unprecedented political scandal. He tentatively anticipates the criminal investigation reaching “a watershed” by late spring or early summer. I urge interested readers
7,800 people have lost their jobs so
far this year in a media landslide
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Posted by Imright 12/11/2019 12:38:45 PM Post Reply
The media industry continued to execute cuts in December and November as Verizon, Gannett, Highsnobiety, and the CBC reduced headcounts.The cuts followed large rounds of layoffs and buyouts earlier in the year from companies including BuzzFeed and Vice Media.The massive cuts this year represent a recent trend in media that has seen upstart companies and newspapers alike shrinking and disappearing. Here are the media jobs that have been lost so far in 2019.
Biden signals to aides that he
would serve only a single term
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Posted by NorthernDog 12/11/2019 11:06:28 AM Post Reply
Former Vice President Joe Biden’s top advisers and prominent Democrats outside the Biden campaign have recently revived a long-running debate whether Biden should publicly pledge to serve only one term, with Biden himself signaling to aides that he will serve only a single term. While the option of making a public pledge remains available, Biden has for now settled on an alternative strategy: quietly indicate that he will almost certainly not run for a second term while declining to make a promise that he and his advisers fear could turn him into a lame duck and sap him of his
Hunter Biden's Child Support Case Just Got
Even More Interesting. The Mother
Wants Answers About Burisma.
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Posted by drive 12/11/2019 7:31:58 AM Post Reply
Last month, a DNA test confirmed that Hunter Biden is the father of a child born in August 2018. The mother, Luden Roberts, reportedly worked at Mpire Gentlemen's Club in Washington, D.C., where Biden frequented. That's how the two allegedly met. Roberts has, understandably, gone after Biden for child support, health care and legal fees. Biden filed a motion in the Arkansas Circuit Court of Independence for a protective order to shield his financial records from being made public a few weeks ago. A judge demanded both Roberts and Biden hand over five years worth of financial records, meaning he has to reveal his position at the Ukrainian gas company Burisma
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