Having just heard the latest report about, and seen in a video clip, Trump's behavior towards, and his words about, women and the liberties he took with them "as a star", and his attempt to "woo" a married (beautiful) woman, it, now, seems pretty clear why Trump has a "solid voter" base of non-college-educated white males and many more women than he deserves.
Trump is not seen by them as the lecher he is, but as a good ol' boy out for "a good time", nothing more. He's living the male adolescent's dream.
Many, if not nearly all, of them were much like (the public image of) him in their youth (and many, likely, still want to be) of high school and pep rallies and good times after high school--until they got saddled down with wife and child and had to get a steady job, thereby ending their carefree life. They cherish the memories of (and, in some ways, long for) those carefree days, which Trump, by his behavior (and lecherous look and innuendos?) is a strong reminder. They can't help but like the image of a guy who is what they wish they could be, despite loving their real-life families. It's part of them, a slice of heaven-lost they cannot shed, no matter how much they may want to.
Of course, it's a part of many more males than just them, but we were fortunate enough to grow out of that stage, probably because we were luckier than they were, and we took advantage of those opportunities open to us, opportunities, perhaps, unavailable to them during their journey through life.
But, then, there's the issue of women who stump for trump. Well, just look at those that married those good ol' boys. Just as Trump reminds the men of themselves, so does Trump remind the women of (at least, aspects of) the men they longed or fell for. Despite, perhaps, cooled emotions, the fires of love also burn deep, and embers, long thought extinguished, always remain, just waiting for a breath of memory to fan them anew.
What better way to have dormant passions become renewed than to be reminded of the memories that led to those passions, and then to, together, embrace a cause representing a treasured and, perhaps, too long enshrined, feeling, still living in the past, in the hope that it will, once again, even if only briefly, bring that past to the present, and, along with it, a renewed sense of belonging and promise and anticipation of fulfillment of life?
The rallies? Why are they so passionate? Why so raucous? Remember how it was at the rallies before the big games. The "letting go" of inhibitions. The full release of emotion. There was no tomorrow, no "aforethought", no "wait a minute". There was a whoop, a hollar, a big swig (or chuggin' a mug or cup or can) of beer and away we go, those "other guys" be damned. "We're the best, the greatest, winners all." At least until after our team gets its ass whipped.
But, even then, by Thursday, that's forgotten. That was rotten luck; the refs were against us; the game clock was rigged to run fast. We'll come back. Just you wait!
What the media showed at the rallies? Yes, it cannot be denied. They did that; it was ugly, but so was a lot that was done after a game, especially by those who lost. But, the next day, they awoke to make breakfast, take the kids to school and go to work (those who are lucky enough to have jobs) or work around the house and yard. They're just ordinary folks, honest as the next guy, god-fearing, loving as they can be.
Perhaps most who did things they wouldn't ordinarily do are a bit ashamed of last evening's behavior, but, "What the hell. It didn't hurt anyone. No laws were broken. And, besides, it won't likely happen again." And, likely, it won't. But, for that time, and during this campaign, parts of them long asleep have awakened--and it feels good. And it's been a long time since anything felt that good.
IT'S JUST TOO BAD THAT IT HAD TO BE TRUMP, a narcissistic megalomaniac who cares nary a whit for any of them. He would step on the back of Jesus (and does as he exploits the evangelicals) to become president, just so he can thumb his nose at the rest of us. They won't see this because, for too long a time, they have not been even offered by our government the promise that most of us have taken for granted.
Don't blame them for wanting to be wanted. But, after we thrash Trump, let's show them some compassion and listen to what ails them on the inside, and, if at all possible, lets help them join us in our American promise.
And if Hillary doesn't try to do this during the next four years, we'll be looking for someone else for 2020.