… do not know if this behavior is common with all Trump supporters, but it is a constant in my home. My Dad ceaselessly consumes information that upsets him, subsuming criticism of American systems as though they are personal affronts. He readily absorbs the rhetoric that an attack on things like racism or private healthcare is an attack on America itself. Somehow, the ideology both rejects the idea of victim-hood while convincing you that you are a victim of some unseen corrupt power. It appears to be constantly on his mind, churning and building resentment towards people who aren’t even there. Everything — everything — comes back to politics.
This is what I see too, not with my parents, but with other family members. I’m concerned. We know how hate consumes and what kind of decisions are made when one always feels scared, agitated, or vulnerable. It’s effectively whipping up their base, but the consequences go way beyond that.