David Frum synthesizes perspectives from Trump country, with this cherry on top:
“You tell us we’re a minority now? OK. We’re going to start acting like a minority. We’re going to vote like a bloc, and we’re going to vote for our bloc’s champion. So long as he keeps faith with us against you, we’ll keep faith with him against you. Donald’s a scam artist, you tell me. You’re from The Atlantic? Read that great book by one of your former colleagues, Jack Beatty, about Boston’s Mayor Curley, The Rascal King. Curley was a scam artist. The Boston Irish loved him for it—even when he scammed them, too—because Curley pissed off the people the Boston Irish hated and who hated them. (I can still say ‘pissed off,’ right?) It’s going to be just that way with Donald. I mean, Mr. Trump. I mean, President Trump.”
Trump is like a Chinese finger trap. You poke your little finger in, trying to understand just a bit what’s going on there. Then you’re stuck.
The thing about these finger traps? The tenser you reaction, the worse you’re stuck. To beat them, you’ve got to loosen up.