It would be a shame to think that it took a global pandemic to wake up Donald Trump’s comatose supporters, but perhaps that’s the case. At least it would appear that way, in Northumberland County, a portion of Virginia’s Northern Neck, that Trump carried in 2016 by ten points, although the rest of Virginia has in recent years become a blue state. Trump-Pence yard signs and flags from 2016 used to be prominent and letters to the editors of the local newspapers advocated Second Amendment sanctuary cities and decried Democratic “hoaxes” which were launched against their fearless leader. But all that has changed since COVID-19 cases appeared in the county and life adjusted accordingly. The Insider:

Now, just over seven months from the general election, those yard signs have largely disappeared. A recent letter to the editor printed in the Northern Neck News, a local newspaper, read, “Nothing has highlighted Trump’s ineptness to lead more than the current crisis.” Another in the Rappahannock Record accused the president of “sleepwalking” and being “tone-deaf” in his response to the global health crisis. […]

“A few weeks ago I could ignore the parts of his personality I didn’t like,” Cliff, a 25-year Chesapeake Bay waterman, told me. “That’s over. I don’t believe anything he’s saying now.”

Leaning against a pickup truck after an all-day shift on the water, Matt, a third-generation Chesapeake Bay oysterman and former Trump supporter in his mid-40s, took a long drag on his cigarette. “He’s got no idea what the hell he’s doing, and I think he’s flat out lying to everyone about how bad it really is, and how bad it’s going to get,” he said.

And this gentleman also went on to praise his immigrant co-workers.

Matt told me he has always disagreed with Trump’s attacks on immigrants. “A lot of the guys in shucking houses around here are Hispanic migrants and they’re really good guys. Hard-working guys.” But through it all, from the Muslim ban to impeachment, he stuck with him.

Now, the trust is gone.

“He thinks we’re all stupid and will show up for him no matter what,” he said. “At this point, I can’t imagine bringing myself to do that.”

Who knows how many Trump supporters feel this way? We can only hope for the best. And then there’s this commentary on GOP racist messaging, which appears to be backfiring.

Of late, the Northumberland County Republican Committee has kept a low profile. But the party here remains in lockstep with the Trump administration’s messaging. Beneath an image of Trump and the first lady riding a motorcycle past adoring fans in front of the Capitol, the committee’s website notes that the 2020 Virginia GOP Convention is “POSTPONED DUE TO WUHAN VIRUS.”

If you’re scratching your head, as I was, wondering WTH? Trump and Melania on a motorcycle? Here’s that image, from the RNC website linked to above. It’s part of artist John McNaughton’s opus of Trump love.

Welcome to life in the MAGA bubble. Sure doesn’t resemble any reality ever seen, does it? Although I must say that this image of Trump is more lifelike than the one I saw where he has a flat stomach and broad shoulders, sitting down and playing poker with presidents of the past. I wonder if McNaughton will paint Trump riding into the sunset, like John Wayne? Guess we’ll wait and see, because it looks like some of the MAGAts are having a change of heart. I wonder what surreal spin McNaughton will put on Trump skulking away from the White House in the night, as a pariah?

 

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44 Comments on "Trump’s Supporters Turn On Him ‘He’s Got No Idea What the Hell He’s Doing’"

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Lil Blue Sock
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Suddenly it all got real when they couldn’t find TP.

*smirk*

I’m very familiar with Northumberland County……home of pick ‘em up trucks, red dirt, red ants and rednecks……and can say with confidence if Trumpy the Assclown has lost that bunch he has lost his base.

Bareshark
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There’ll still be a few that hang even now but definitely not enough to matter. Not that many of this crowd are wild about the idea of being human sacrifices.

mae
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Too true!😂

Lil Blue Sock
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Hi Cmae …..I have missed your posts…..hope all is well..

*caring smirk*

mae
Member

Oh, I am ok, and crappy, you know? I was diagnosed with glaucoma, among other things going on. I hope you are well, *double caring smirk*

redheadedgammy
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I hope you’re right. If he somehow pulls out a win in November I’m moving to Canada as I have family there!

blueman
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They are still eating the CT that detracts from Trump’s actions or lack of action. I have a neighbor that is a nurse in Jackson. She has a PHD and is a Methodist and is a life long Republican. I feed her cats when she is at work. She thinks there might be something to the Chinese bio-weapon thing. And she is a scientist. What the hell?

p j evans
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“Life-long Republican” covers most of it.

Bareshark
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I’m still waiting on some scientist to figure what I did last week…COVID 19 is a direct consequence of climate change. Think about it: for at least the last decade, we’ve had warmer winters globally. To survive that change, coronavirus would have had to adapt to that reality. The spread of COVID 19 through the Southern hemisphere (where it was summer when cases began to mushroom) and the rise in case numbers here well into spring are proof enough of that adaptation. Doubt your fool of a neighbor would ever connect those dots, Blue.

bwolofsky
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Sharkster I don’t know if what you say is true or accurate, but I have spoken with a close friend who’s a prof of microbiology in France and he told me that they ARE aware that the virus HAS already mutated 18 different times to cling to hosts with different characteristics. So, who knows? This is NOT a dumb pathogen. And viruses, unlike bacteria, are not even alive!

Bareshark
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While not “alive” in the sense you or I am, Bryan, viruses nevertheless follow a pattern of reproduction that must adjust to remain viable. If anything, given its far simpler DNA structure compared to ours, it probably can adapt to our changing climate far easier than we have thus far.

bwolofsky
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Alas, I studied math and physics. I don’t know the first thing about biology. Thanks for the little primer Sharkstter. On questi9on though, if Viruses are not alive, how do they have DNA structures? Isn’t that the definition of being alive??

Bareshark
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Very much, Bryan, hence my comment about not being alive as you or I.

Concinnity
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The ONLY thing you have to remember about biology is that it includes evolution being a real, actual, fact.

bwolofsky
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Ok, THAT much I got. It’s all the details around said theory to which my head goes: “Huh?”

p j evans
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The mutations are very small – the scientists use them to track the virus, but so far none of them have changed its effects or its infectiousness. In fact, they think it may not be possible to make a vaccine against it, because it can go into hiding in the body and come back later – like HIV.

bwolofsky
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Oh great, just what we need. Another Prion-like pathogen that can’t be killed. Shall we call it Mad-Human disease? Yech!

Ivan Laracuente
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Knowledge doesn’t always translate to wisdom.

CAZ
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Once this virus overtakes states with Republican governors, people will get schooled on the incompetence.

Bareshark
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I’m bracing for it in TN. Going by the dumbasses going back to work I’ve been hearing since Monday, I figure we’ll be there in two weeks.

Tin woman1
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He is such an idiot. I’m glad others are beginning to see it.

p j evans
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That painting – no gloves, no helmets, and jackets that won’t protect them from road rash. Pretty much sums them up.

dana fairfield
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It’s too bad the artist’s skill is wasted on those two.

Bareshark
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Asshole probably saw The Wild Angels once and substituted Peter Fonda (RIP) and Nancy Sinatra with the Trump…eff him and his neo-Nazi propaganda pieces.

mae
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Great b movie.

Bareshark
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The biker movie that made Easy Rider possible, in fact. Roger Corman, who produced Wild Angels, nearly wound up producer on Easy Rider but his studio bosses of the time at American International Pictures blew it by being disrespectful to Fonda and Dennis Hopper. It was arguably the costliest mistake that studio ever made.

p j evans
Member

That’s about what I figured. (Friend had a motorcycle. He wouldn’t go out without helmet, jacket, gloves – and when I was with him, I was wearing gear also.)

Joseph
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Well, in fairness, it’s probably more a statement about the “artist” rather than Dumbo and Melanin.

Of course, if they were wearing helmets, how would you know it’s Dumbo and Melanin?

ReaderRay
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Trump couldn’t ride a motorcycle if his life depended on it. He can’t even handle an umbrella!

walthp
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Looking at the people in the background, I’m thinking I see another of Naughton’s favorite stunts: to the right I think I’m seeing George HW Bush in the wheelchair and Barbara behind him, possibly Bill Clinton at the very edge; on the left, the saluting soldier reminds me of the late Michigan Congressman John Dingel.

mae
Member

Finally! Here’s hoping this feeling spreads far and wide.

Bareshark
Guest

I keep saying this…there’s nothing like facing lethal consequences to make you suddenly decide to go another way. This fumbling of the COVID 19 football is going to further splinter the last remnants of the Reagan coalition. Add in Joe’s steady, compassionate outreach to all Americans and I’m feeling pretty good about November, virus or no virus.

bwolofsky
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Oh my Freaking God, do you see what I see in the top picture???!!! C’mon, anyone see what has me LIVID??? Hint: I’m a Montrealer and who is the ONE World leader almost every single Canadian HATES?!! Figured it out yet??? Murphster??? Note the guy crossing his heart with his baseball cap wearing a Montreal Canadiens jersey? A POX on that shmendrick. First of all, I assume you all know he’s American, right? Canadians do NOT ever cross their hearts during the National anthem. That’s a strictly American thing. And second, if I were at that game and saw someone… Read more »
bwolofsky
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Oh wait, forgot to say I like the piece Ursula, but while you could be right at this instant of time, I don’t believe it means anything. As we all know, these people still think of Trump as the return of Jesus, and even though in bad times even some religious people can lightly curse Jesus and ask why he did that to them, these people would never abandon him. I do not think these people are capable of not voting for him come elections. I still feel the ONLY way to be rid of Trump is for way more… Read more »
Bareshark
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Somehow, Bryan, I think those Dems and “independents” (read: apostate Republicans without a political home) are going to break hard for us come November. The Trump faithful alone aren’t enough.

Robert Burnett
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Being his followers shows why it took them 3 1/2 years to figure out he doesn’t know what the hell he’s doing. Let’s show him the door, he couldn’t find it on his own.

Cody
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I trust trump more than the other candidate nursing home joe biden dont even know where the hell he is he is against gun owners he is for kill unborn babys I will support donald j trump till the end of biden is elected we are all screwed that my opinion trump four more years he is doing his best more than I can say for Obama ask yourself why are we in this virus now it is because of obama thier trying to turn everyone again trump as for me I’m trump all the way…

Dan Newton
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thanks President you are the best, I was a Democrat, no way I would even consider voting for the Democrat garbage running for office I cannot think of one Democrat Governor our mayor that has done a good job, Pelosi is so corrupt I wouldn’t even want my name close to them I don’t understand why the Attorney General bar is not prosecuted