100 Days of Trump Day 62: need to talk about Kenny/This is Phil Fish
Welcome back to 100 days of Trump, where I try to explain WTF happened in 2016 though 100 recommendations, and this is sort of a last min one I just thought of and am just running with it because spontaneity. So Telltale’s the Walking Dead is pretty good, you should check it out, best thing to come out of the Walking dead brand, but it isn’t Season 1 I am recommending to understand Trump. Season 2 is a pretty objectively worse total game experience with some really good and really bad bits, but it too is not something I an recommending. I am recommending this video by Innuendo Studios about the Walking Dead series
And since it is one video that is only 20 mins, you ave no excuse for ignoring my recommendations this time =p. But ok why am I recommending this? It helps if you play Season 2 of Tell Tale’s the walking Dead (seriously somebody needs to get a new name) but it isn’t necessary, what am I about.
Lets look at Kenny as a a likely Trump voter, and he is a white man from the South so that isn’t like…impossible. The man is destructive, cruel, selfish, and utterly toxic to the people around him, and I don’t want to excuse his behavior (After all, I shot him), but I think it is important to understand him. Because Kenny and a lot of Trump voters, particularly those who have lost their jobs from NAFTA or the Crash or are vets from the War, act this way because they don’t really have a way of processing their emotions.
Poverty is not a kind thing to people with psychological issues, and there isn’t much in the way of recourse, and people like Kenny or rather the Trump AU voter version of Kenny is a fundamentally broken, they are without prospects, education, or really hope. I talked in my previous segments (episodes, what am I calling these?) on Fight Club and 1984 about how the people who most brag about masculinity often are abject failures at it and how people will parrot something without actually valuing it, and this is sort of the conclusion of that little mini trilogy I am doing here. Because a lot of the people who live in that Right wing Media hate bubble look and act a lot like Kenny from Walking Dead II, they are deeply unhappy people who are in this mental state where they really really don’t want to dwell on their own emotions. This might be shame about failing to be successful in a society that sees poverty as makings you a loser, they might have had their wives or friends leave them, they might be embittered vets or socially maladjusted Gamergaters/MRAs bitters their own unpopularity, they might be people who have been realizing that America is fundamentally broken, the point is they are really upset people who are trying to not come to terms with their actual problems. And for a lot of these people, they have spent their entire life as Republicans and opposed democrats, hating democrats is a core part of who they are, and they are suddenly confronted with the fact that maybe…just maybe…the left was right all along. Maybe Socialism has a point, maybe the Free Market really doesn’t care about the little guy, maybe the War on Terror is impossible to win, maybe the War on Drugs makes no sense, maybe the Republican Party is built on lies, and maybe their entire belief system is just fundamentally wrong. And that scares Republican Kenny because Kenny really doesn’t want to deal with his own feelings, if he does, if he starts to question his views on systemic racism or views of women, or the entire foundations of American. And then comes Donald Trump, who is different from any modern US politician who comes up and says “Don’t try to deal with your emotions, just take the raw sewage of your internal psychological state and channel it into incoherent rage as personified by me”. And When Republican Kenny looks and sees HIllary fucking Clinton, the most establishment person in the world as the only alternative, he throws himself into Trump.
And so he takes this sort of incoherent rage and channels it into protecting America, something which he doesn’t understand, because that to him is the only thing that really makes him ok and serves as a pillar in his world. And that is the trick, a lot of politics is not actually about facts, its about the emotions, and you need to understand these people’s emotions to know how to live with this in the future. And remember, a great deal of Trump voters at their heart are extremely unhappy, depressed and in many cases on the verge of suicide, these are broken people, and broken people have always been extremely easy to exploit. But until something else becomes his anchor, Republican Kenny will continue to support Trump, the only thing that can change his mind is a video of Trump being told by Putin to destroy America and him responding “Yes My master”, or somebody else to serve as a vessel for his insecurities.
Also as a little bonus, this video is a good summery of the way people with existing anger view things based on a basic first impression, and when people say that they hate or like something, they are often talking about a concept, even if they can’t conceive it.
So when people say “Trump is real, Clinton is Fake” they are going off a basic impression of the two, rather than the facts, because for a lot of people, voting is a form of emotional catharsis or comes from the same psychologically place as the way people care about celebrities. And just as Phil Fish the concept is very different from the man, so too do we err when we do so with politics. And how a lot of people will jump on board with