Given this week’s news, I didn’t expect Hillary Clinton to be in a very cheerful mood. But I’ve noticed that just about every time I’ve seen a clip of her speaking this week, she was launching an aggressive attack of some sort. Maybe at James Comey, but usually at Donald Trump, whom she repeatedly portrays as a mean, crazy, vicious, sexist, racist, dangerous lunatic who will blow up the world with nuclear weapons – and even worse, he insults people!
Meanwhile, Trump gets in his shots, but I mostly see him talking about policy: how he’ll repeal and replace Obamacare, cut taxes, bring back manufacturing jobs, restore law and order, rebuild inner city neighborhoods and so on. I also notice that he does it with a lot of humor. He throws in funny jabs at the media, sarcasm, hyperbole and self-deprecating ad-libs. Of course, these exaggerated humorous asides are misconstrued by the media as literal expressions of what he seriously believes, so they can pretend to be OUTRAGED!!! But if you actually see the speeches, you realize that Trump is having a ball joking with the crowds, and his optimism about America and his chances of winning is contagious. Hillary scowls that Trump is the “angry” candidate, and the media echo that accusation; but when you see him on the stump, he comes across as a Happy Warrior, fighting hard but enjoying every minute of it.
That’s why I predicted months ago that he would win, in the face of all the media assurances that Hillary was unbeatable, and I’m standing by it. I think voters are finally starting to see through the 24/7 character assassination of Trump and realize that he’s offering them positive reasons for vote for him, not just fear and paranoia about his opponent. That’s what most voters are hungry for.
All that is the perfect set-up to this story from Pew Research that looked into which candidates’ supporters really are the more tolerant of those with diverse views that differ from their own. Some call this a “shocking result,” but I’m not even surprised. I suspect you won’t be, either.