Trump’s Supporters Really Are Not Good People With Good Intentions

We must face the truth

Carol Burt
11 min readNov 1, 2020


I’m sitting here wondering on this cold bright Halloween night if our grand experiment in Democracy will withstand Tuesday and the days that follow.

It has been noted by writers more astute than I that this is more than just an election because this particular election will reveal our national character and what kind of people we really are.

It’s our choice to approve either decency or debauchery. We all know which is which. Will our worst instincts as a nation prevail?

Trump’s supporters will be voting for racism. Whether they admit it or not, if they vote for Trump, they are voting for a man who condones and encourages white supremacy.

Trump’s supporters do not want democracy. Make no mistake. They want mob rule. They want the crude, rude, and corrupt Trump to be the leader of this country. They want guns and the rules of the old west. They want the Ku Klux Klan and groups like them to keep black people from getting too “uppity.”

They want the part of the First Amendment that protects protest not to apply to black people.

They do not want to be told anything unless their John Wayne (Trump) said it.

They don’t want highly educated people using their expertise for public welfare to tell them anything. Even if it is for their own health and wellbeing. Ignorance is truly bliss in their estimation. And they’d rather be ignorant than confronted by and constrained by inconvenient truths. They want to live their lives just as they please — without regard for the effects of their choices on others. They value tough talk over good sense. They want a leader like the characters John Wayne played, never realizing those character types were fictional and could not have led a nation in modern times.

Those who cast their votes for Donald Trump want to feel and be treated as if they are superior to Black, Indigenous, or people of color (BIPOC). They realize they are racist and backward. But, stubbornly, they want what they want. They want to consider themselves better than somebody.

They don’t know what Dunning-Kruger is and don’t care, although many suffer from it. They don’t care about history, either, except many would like to go back to what they consider the good old days —…



Carol Burt

Former print journalist, former mayor, retired law enforcement officer. Writing about politics and government along with random personal essays.