I came across this on Reddit and thought that it was a pretty good representation of why people like Donald Trump in America.
Many people have always dreamed of being the one who gets to fire people they didn’t like. Just like all the people who talk about how they wish they could punch that person who screwed up their coffee in the mouth or show the guy who cut them off who’s boss. All the ones who tell customer service folks that they’re gonna call corporate and get them fired. There’s no empathy there, only a desire for revenge, punishment, teaching them a lesson, and feeling powerful. They eat up shit like “You’re fired.” They’re living vicariously through him when he says it.
Now they’re loving that he’s telling politicians and nerds bullshit that makes their heads spin. That he’s bullying everyone. That he’s not giving a shit what China thinks about him. He’s fulfilling their fantasies. Nevermind that these things are just fantasies because in the real world, they can have devastating consequences. Someone gives you a bad review? Destroy their whole company! Someone says your idea was bad? Get them fired!
It’s anti intellectualism at its finest. It’s beating up on nerds for acting smarter than you, other kids for not respecting that you’re the biggest kid in the grade, and anyone who you perceive as having slighted you in any way. He’s just a bully, and he’s satisfying millions of people’s fantasies of being a bully. They think he’s going to be able to just bully the whole world around, just like on his show. Unfortunately, he’s about to be a bully in a China shop.