Why are hardcore Trump supporters so fanatical, and get triggered if you say anything bad about him? by Tony Garcia
Answer by Tony Garcia:
Perhaps the answer lies not in one’s political persuasion, but in the makeup of one’s own psyche. I imagine there are few people who haven’t faced a situation that evokes an emotional response, such as a tragic event, a disturbing nightmare, or, to specifically address this question, a personal criticism.
But the overreaction by some Trump supporters to the degree where rage and violence have become accepted response norms reminds me, to some extent, of Muslim extremists who threaten violence and at times act upon those threats when they perceive an insult has been leveled against the prophet Muhammad.
These Muslims forsake the tenets of tolerance and forgiveness as preached by the Koran. What apparently unites them in their anger is the vulgar manner in which Muhammad is either addressed or portrayed. The same seems to hold true for those supporters of Donald Trump; they forsake a similar ethical creed when they perceive he has been insulted.
For example, many Muslims were enraged and some insulted to violence against Charlie Hebdo, the satirical French journal, for portraying Muhammad in caricature on its covers. For me, Trump’s more ardent supporters can be viewed in this same sense. They become enraged when Mr. Trump’s words and actions come under scrutiny, despite the fact that it is Trump’s own bizarre rantings, unproven or false accusations, and his often accompanying gesticulations that lend Trump himself to be viewed as a caricature.