Today's Mike Myer column, "Take Him Seriously, Not Literally," argues that Trump supporters don't believe that he will actually carry out what he promised to do:
Meanwhile, a vast formerly inactive majority of Americans took Trump very seriously — but not literally.
He spoke for them, but in many cases, symbolically rather than literally. There will be some sort of “wall” against illegal immigration, but it may not be entirely a physical one.
Are you kidding me? Here is one survey, among many, that suggests the exact opposite. From Pew Research in late-August:
Perhaps no Trump proposal has resonated more strongly with his supporters than his plan to build a wall along the U.S. border with Mexico. Fully 79% of Trump supporters favor building a wall along the entire U.S.-Mexico border; just 18% are opposed. Among Clinton supporters, 88% oppose a border wall, compared with 10% who favor it.
I don't think that a symbolic wall will satisfy this group. And of course this comes from editor Mike Myer whose "newspapers" regularly quoted Clinton's remark that she would put "a lot of coal miners and coal companies out of business" without providing any context (like even the next sentence) or suggesting that maybe she might be speaking "symbolically rather than literally." In addition to rewriting history, Myer is also a hypocrite.
Given the passion of a number of Trump supporters, it will be interesting to see what happens when Trump doesn't do all that he promised. I have a hunch that something like "folks, I was speaking metaphorically -- you knew that I wouldn't actually do what I promised" will not cut it with a sizable portion of those who voted for him.
Myer's column features two references to Abraham Lincoln whose tomb in Springfield has most-likely been spinning since Tuesday night given who represents his party and what it now stands for.
I think this is just the beginning of the history-rewriting and hypocrisy on the part of the local "newspapers." "Executive overreach" and "imperial president" will probably be banished from their working vocabulary as will references to what they or the Republican Party have been doing in the past eight years to support or work with President Obama.