Matt Walsh: The Primer for Trump

Matt Walsh: The Primer for Trump January 27, 2016

When it comes to politics I have gone from right to left and back again. I’m Hispanic, a woman, I got pregnant at 16 and was on Food Stamps and Medicaid for all four of my pregnancies, but I am also Texan and was in my mid-twenties when 9/11 happened while I was pregnant with my fourth child. It was after 9/11 that I began to pay any attention to politics. I was sure that the Republican Party was the only party with the balls to bomb the hell out of anyone who wanted to try it again. I saw George W. Bush stand on that pile of rubble saying that the people who had attacked us would hear us, and I cheered with tears streaming down my face. I wanted them to hear us just like most Americans did, because like most Americans, I was scared.  Fear got me to go way right. After I became Catholic the same thing happened, only this time it was fear and anger over abortion. Once I came to see abortion for what it is, it was very easy to be angry about it.

As someone who has lived in fear and anger all of my life, I get it. I get that there is so much evil in the world that we fear for our lives, our country, our children and our families. I also get that it’s natural to be angry at the fact that we have child after child’s life ended by abortion in this country. Everyone is angry when an innocent child is killed. The only difference is that not everyone understands the reality that that is exactly what abortion does.

Every day in this country we wake up and we are told what to be scared of and who to be angry at about it by every single media platform out there. We consume hours and hours of it. Usually, we only consume media that is slanted right, left, pro-life, pro-choice, pro-whatever presidential candidate  and we read bloggers who say all the things that we think and wish we could say. We read them, share them and then get into online arguments with people that leave us feeling like our friends and family are all closed minded idiots with no sense of reality. (Then we scream at our kids because we have been online all day…. or maybe that is just me.)

One of the loudest voices telling us how angry to be at those evil liberals is Matt Walsh. He’s harsh, snarky, loud and angry. And now he is angry at anyone who supports Donald Trump.

Well, let me break it down for everyone: there are Trump supporters because people like Matt Walsh have been the primer that makes Trump stick. People support Trump for the same reasons that they read Matt Walsh. They are angry and want an angry person to speak up for them.   In policy, Walsh and Trump don’t differ. They don’t differ in their delivery either. Both of them tap into people’s fear and anger. It’s very easy to do.

I am naturally snarky and like I said, I have lived most of my life being scared and angry at everything. I often fall into the trap of writing snarky and angry blog posts. I get quite a bit of traffic from them, more than I get for the heartbreaking posts about how God is changing me into a less angry person. Snark is my natural way of communicating, but the truth is that snark, anger and fear only breed more snark, anger and fear. None of which help people come together to try and work towards the same goal of building a better country. It’s polarization and has people drawing lines in the sand and demanding that people choose which side we are on.

When it comes to politics, it gets us Donald Trump. We have lost all ability to have conversations and instead cheer for a man who openly insults and mocks anyone who disagrees with him. We have gained a respect for that by reading bloggers who are snarky, mock anyone who disagree with them and openly insults our “enemies”. Trump has no real plan, has no real logic, has no real substance, but he’s made a great case that we all have every right to indulge in our anger. I can think of many many Catholic bloggers who do the same things. I can honestly say that I can easily be one of them and have been one of them plenty of times. It feels good to vent and let out all the snark, but it always leaves me feeling empty and having to go to confession.

Matt Walsh should not be mad at Trump supporters. He can just look in the mirror and face one of the people who helped make Trump look attractive to his readers.

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Photo:Gage Skidmore via Wikimedia

 

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  • TapestryGarden

    I read Matt Walsh long before he was “rich and famous” and I totally disagree with your characterization. Walsh might be angry about a subject but unlike Trump he is a talented wordsmith with a quick wit and sharp turn of phrase. He does not resort to endlessly repeating the same trite cliches. He does not use straw man arguments or ad hominems. He does not make fun of handicapped people or call women fat pigs. How many of his columns have you read?

    As to the Trump phenomenon I have a couple of theories. One is that he has exposed that the Emperor has no clothes. We are constantly being told to sit back and watch the Left, moral relativism and lies such as a man can become a woman destroy our country. We are tired of being told that if we point out falacies like strict gun laws will prevent violence we want children to be mowed down at school or our greatest risk is Climate Change and any opposition means we are knuckle dragging morons…need I go on? I am not a bigot if I am concerned about 20 year old Salafists sneaking in as “refugees” Trump has called BS on these and other lies being foisted off as “news.” The other candidates are cowed by the media. You can’t say that! Oh yeah says Trump, I just did.

    My second theory is that phrase people forget what you or Trump says but they never forget how you make them feel. Trump makes people feel good about the future, their country and that he can turn things around. He makes people feel like winners. After seven years of a weak, dishonest, petty narcissist at President we’ll take a strong petty narcissist instead.

    I am not a Trump supporter but I understand his appeal after what we’ve been through with Obama’s apologetic, weak kneed capitulating we want someone who will stand up for America and our values. To claim his supporters are just a bunch of angry old white guys is rather arrogant don’t you think.

  • Well said!

  • John Stevens

    Well, if worse comes, I’ll vote for Trump. But I’m still rooting for a Rubio/Carson ticket. Cruz is an acceptable alternative.

    Trump’s pro-abortion, and 60 million murdered is 60 million too many. Rubio is a staunch Catholic, and while he won’t have the power to fix this massive injustice, he’ll be in a position to veto bad laws, and that’s all we can ask from the President.

  • hansmast

    I would not be as forceful as Matt Walsh, but to equate him and Trump is ridiculous. There are at least four essential elements that make Walsh and Trump a night and day comparison:
    1. Walsh is coherent
    2. Walsh is a Christian and follows an absolute foundation for his life and beliefs.
    3. Walsh is honest & humble and admits when he’s wrong.
    4. Walsh is consistent.

    Yes, Walsh is also very blunt and harsh, but the substance of the two men are night and day different.

    The problem is not necessarily found somewhere on the spectrum between harshness and gentleness. Sometimes harshness is needed and sometimes gentleness is needed. Too much harshness is a problem of Walsh’s, but it pales in comparison to the problems of Trump that Walsh has nothing to do with. The truly yuge problem with Trump and his followers is the total lack of discernment, honesty, consistency, coherence, Christianity, or good values.

  • RPlavo .

    I think that we are a nation of spoiled teenagers……or whiners

  • Mike Blackadder

    Bingo. There’s a reason that America will choose the Trumps and Obama’s and not the Romney’s. Substance and character have given way to bullying and bluster.

    And I definitely identify with your struggle with snarkiness. Thank you for your post.

  • Brandon Nichols

    Trump vs. Walsh is like Mayweather vs.Pacquiao – they’re both horrible, horrible human beings who should go away. My only hope is that in their inane, xenophobic, homophobic, idiotic ramblings that they manage to degrade each other to the point of irrelevance.

  • Clare

    Walsh has also outright called people on welfare thieves. While I don’t doubt that frauds who play the system do exist and there’s certainly a debate to be had on whether over-reliance on welfare can create a culture of dependency and entitlement, the kind of arrogant, simplistic attitude Walsh expresses towards all benefits recipients (“You’re snatching food from the mouths of honest, hard-working Americans! You’re thieves! All of you! Even those of you who worked hard and paid taxes for years before a sudden reversal of fortune left you with no choice but to apply for food stamps to avoid starvation!”) is wholly lacking in anything resembling compassion, empathy or an understanding of what it is to be truly poor and desperate. Not exactly Christian. Also the sort of thing I can imagine Trump nodding in agreement to.