Even though I’m not a politician, I guess I committed a textbook Kinsley gaffe on “Hardball” yesterday, when I inadvertently told the truth about what I think of the 12 New Hampshire Republican voters Bloomberg assembled to explain the Donald Trump phenomenon. (You can watch, below.) I said they made me “sad,” and I made a comment about “the lowest common denominator” (more on what I meant in a minute) – and then my friend Michael Steele, the former chair of the Republican National Committee, had a lot of fun calling me an “elitist” and insisting people like me are why voters like that support Trump. Or something.I happen to think the world of political media is making way too much of what those 12 voters said (especially since some of them have complained that they were manipulated into saying more positive things than they believe about Trump). But watching those voters insist Trump is “one of us,” even though he’s a billionaire; that “he speaks the truth;” that he’ll make the White House “classy” again; well, I made the mistake of expressing my sadness, and yes, my disdain for that point of view.“They’re not thinking. They want to be entertained,” I asserted.That’s a big mistake in mainstream journalism, where the Very Serious People insist we must respect what Trump’s voters represent.  I failed to keep up the Beltway fiction that we must take these voters seriously because they’re “frustrated” with Washington, and thus their irrational anger and weakness for slogans over solutions is a symptom of a grave political malady in The Age of Obama.

Source: Yes, I said it: Donald Trump supporters are living in a childlike fantasy land – Salon.com

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