For decades conservative politicians and political pundits have been telling white Christian males the country belongs to them but that "those people" -- anyone not a white Christian male -- are trying to take away their rightful ownership and change things for the worse.
Christian males have been told that "those people" are trying to destroy
the American way of life, and of course the American way of life that
the politicians and pundits have been trying to sell them is not
surprisingly the America of the 1950s and before. Back then anyone who
wasn't a white Christian male had far less power and influence than now.
In fact, some think the ideal American way of life predates women's
suffrage, as some of those politicians and pundits have theorized that
men are driven by logic but women by emotion, and consequently female
voters have been one of the driving forces for changing things for the
Fear is a great motivator, to the point where many of the staunchest
believers these days aren't white Christian males, but also females,
and people who don't really care about religion unless there is a chance
to demonize Muslims as terrorists. Their beliefs have solidified as the
rational part of the country continues to move to the left. Rational
people realize that white Christian males aren't the masters but that
everyone has equal value, regardless of their race, religion, or gender.
Things began to reach a boiling point in 2008. Republicans were enraged
for two reasons. Not only was the new President an African-American, in
charge of what white Christian males thought was rightfully theirs, but
the conservative politicians that had flapped their gums so much about "those people" taking the country away and ruining things seemed to have
either very little interest or very little ability to put a stop to
things. The person who had run against the "Halfrican," as some of the
more deplorable republicans began calling our new President, had been John
McCain. Many republican voters considered him more a Democrat than a
Republican, and they began to turn on the republican establishment for
having supported him.
McCain's running mate, Sarah Palin -- a dimwitted phony -- memorized just the right buzzwords about "those people" to develop a following (which, thankfully, has dwindled to the point where she has no audience save a few hundred Facebook followers).
That's when the Tea Party movement arose, and it sought to "take the
country back" from "those people" and to "make America great again." It
was a direct response to both liberals and ineffective republican
leadership for "allowing" an African-American man to become the leader of
what the republicans consider a country for white Christian males.
Not much has changed for republicans in the last years. President Obama
won his second term, and now, shock, horror, we might even have a female
President. The white Christian males and their accomplices expected the republican establishment to give them another McCain or Romney for
2016, and they consequently decided to take matters into their own
Donald Trump. He managed to brush establishment favorites like Jeb
Bush aside during the primaries and he has managed to keep his poll
numbers above the single digits because he embodies the republican rage. The
rage against "those people" and the rage against the republican
establishment for not doing more against "those people."
His outrageous comments have not turned Trump supporters away in
droves because Trump is actually saying what they think. Even his latest
comments about women won't have much of an effect, because most Trump
supporters think exactly like him, and others would still support him
even if he shot someone in the middle of the street, as long as he'll
continue to promise to make "America great again" by "taking back" the
country from "those people."
This is why Trump has brushed off controversy after controversy and
even now still has a chance in November, as illogical as might seem.
That's because republican voters are the ones voting based on emotion rather
than logic. Some believe that a President Clinton would change this
country forever and all hope of realizing that white Christian male
American dream of the pre-1960s will be lost forever. Others are willing
to fight on to "take America back" from "those people," and if there is
a President Clinton, I expect their vicious hatred and rage in 2020 to
overshadow that of 2016.
Don't underestimate the republican rage. Donald Trump is not done just
yet, and even if he loses in November - especially if he loses in
November - don't expect the republican rage to go away any time soon.