In this post I’ll talk about how to talk to Hillary Clinton supporters to influence them to change their mind to vote for Donald Trump. I am calling it Dummy’s Guide for even though Trump supporters are on average smarter than Hillary supporters (in fact, the smartest people I know are on Trump’s side), when it comes to interacting with people on Hillary’s side many of them are taking what in my opinion is the fatal approach from persuasion standpoint. I will talk about it in a bit.
Note that by this time majority of both Trump and Clinton supporters have made up their mind about which candidate they support, and nothing coming out of either side is going to sway their support. So you are looking to influence the tiny minority of people who are not yet firmly decided and are tilting towards Hillary due to mass brainwashing by the mainstream media campaigning for Crooked Hillary. But do not get discouraged. Every single vote for Trump is important.
Hillary supporters may be brainwashed, ignorant, media zombies, but do not make a mistake of calling them that on their face. That is the fatal approach. When you are trying to persuade someone of something, insulting them is the last thing you want to do. Telling Hillary supporters that they are brainwashed implies that they have a weak mind, which feels like insult and they will never change their mind after that. Calling them stupid is downright insulting, you don’t want to do that.
Instead be Socratic. Here’s how you go about it: Do not disagree with their position, but act like you yourself are unsure of which side is better. If you declare at the onset that you are a Trump supporter it will trigger their defense mechanisms and they will close their mind to anything you say next. Do not tell them that you are on the side of Trump; pretend that you are having a neutral discussion and ask them questions and counter questions that bring out their illogic and ignorance, if only to themselves.
Your aim is not to win an argument with them. Or for them to admit to you that they were wrong and change their mind in front of you. Your aim is just to make them question themselves about their beliefs by subtly helping them with logic and facts. Subtlety is the key. If you come off as aggressive, you have failed before you have started. At all times you have to show that you are neutral and that you are looking at the situation from both sides. You might also have to agree (or pretend to agree) with them from time to time. Agree, and after some time question their stance. Remember, they don’t have to change their mind right now. You just plant the seeds in their mind and some people would change their mind before the election day.
Below are some of the points Hillary supporters use to disqualify Trump from presidency, followed by my tips on how one can address each of the points.
TRUMP IS RACIST!
Ask them why they think Trump is racist.
They will say Trump called for banning Muslims from entering America. Ask them if Islam (religion of Muslims) is a race or a religion. Obviously, it is a religion. So Trump is not racist. As for banning them from entering America, point out that Trump initially asked for temporary ban on Muslims coming from terrorism-infected countries until proper vetting mechanisms were devised.
They will say Trump called all Mexicans rapists and criminals. Ask them if Mexico is a race or a country. Obviously, it is a country. So Trump is not racist. As for calling Mexicans rapists, point out that Trump called illegal Mexican immigrants rapists and criminals, not all of them.
Ask them again if they can point out any racist remark Trump has made. It either involves Islam (which is religion) or Mexico (which is country). They can’t cite a real racist remark made by Trump, because he has never made any.
TRUMP IS MISOGYNIST!
Ask them why they think Trump is misogynist.
They might say, because Trump has insulted women by calling them fat, slobs, pigs etc. Now this one is tricky, because he indeed has called women names. But there is a logical explanation for it, which is this: Those women were contestants of a beauty contest, which means they had signed up to be objectified. When a woman is in a contest where she is going to be judged solely by her beauty, commenting on her beauty is not misogynistic. As an entertainer, Trump was doing his job. But that is a logical explanation, and you don’t want to counter this point by logic. It won’t work.
Hit it in a way that works. Start by asking them what counts more, words or actions. Get them to admit that actions count more than words. Then ask them if they have heard the tape on which Hillary is laughing about helping a pedophile get away with raping a 12-year-old girl. Ask them if they know Bill Clinton’s rape victims and how Hillary has silenced them. Ask them if Trump’s words (which he spoke as entertainer) make him a bigger misogynist than Hillary whose terrible actions destroyed some women’s lives.
TRUMP CAN’T BE ROLE MODEL TO KIDS!
Ask them if they know who the role models of their kids are. If they don’t have kids of their own, ask them whom do most kids see as their role models. If they are honest to themselves, they will know that most kids have their role models from TV – mostly Hollywood celebrities and pop stars. Then ask them why they think that is the case.
By questioning them make them realize the fact that kids choose their role models from the personalities they are exposed to frequently – which is people they see on TV. Popular role models are the likes of Miley Cyrus, Beyonce, Jay Z, etc. Then ask them if they find it troubling that kids are seeing these TV personalities who are destroying their culture as role models, and if they have taken any steps to avoid their kids’ exposure to these celebrities who impress all the wrong things on kids’ minds.
Close by saying that you don’t think it matters if Trump is role model material, because kids won’t be watching Trump on TV day in and day out. And even if they do see him as president on TV, Trump won’t be behaving in ways that put bad impressions on kids’ minds. On the other hand, the kids are already being exposed to the all the bad language and much worse images on TV every day (much worse than those they disqualify Trump as role model for). And what is worse, they are already picking their role models from the degenerate celebrities on TV.
Ask them if they have never used cuss words. And if they have, ask them if that disqualifies them from being role models to their own kids.
TRUMP IS HITLER!
Ask them why they think Trump is Hitler.
Ask them if they know that Hillary Clinton called half of Trump supporters – which is millions of Americans – deplorables. Tell them Hitler hated German citizens. Draw a parallel by showing that Hillary hates Americans. Isn’t that more like Hitler? Ask them if they can cite any instance where Trump has attacked ordinary American citizens.
TRUMP IS A DICTATOR!
Ask them why they think Trump is a dictator.
They might say, because Trump is not heeding their party leaders, and not taking advice from people who tell him to tone down his rhetoric. Ask them the meaning of dictator, then ask them how disagreeing with people on how to run his own campaign make him dictator. Isn’t it like if you refuse someone’s advice on how to live your life, they would call you a dictator!?
They might say, because Trump threatened to put Hillary in jail if he is elected (during the 2nd presidential debate). Ask them if they are saying it because they have read headlines calling Trump dictator for making that statement, then tell them how he was misquoted by the media. Trump said during the debate that if he is elected president he will ask his attorney general to appoint a special prosecutor to look into Hillary’s situation. Isn’t that a legal process to follow for criminal investigation? And that is certainly different from saying “I will put you in jail.”
TRUMP SEXUALLY ASSAULTED WOMEN!
This argument comes from Trump’s infamous “pussygrab” tape and the emergence of several women accusing Trump of sexual misbehavior 15-20-30 years ago! On the tape Trump is heard saying that if you are rich then women let you do anything. He says the words “they let you”.
First ask them what is the meaning of assault. Then ask them if a woman lets you do something how is that an assault. They might say, just because they let Trump do it doesn’t mean they were happy about it. Ask them if they are not making assumptions.
Avoid temptation to call them out on their ignorance of the nature of women. That would be deeply insulting to them, and thus will not help the cause.
When they point to the several women coming out accusing Trump of sexual misbehavior, ask them why they think all these women are coming out a few weeks before the election. Ask them if they know about WikiLeaks releasing hacked emails from DNC that are exposing Hillary’s corruption, and ask them what they make of the release of Trump tape on the exact same day that WikiLeaks released emails exposing Hillary. Point out to them that for nearly every WikiLeaks dump there is a woman accuser coming out against Trump and the media is hardly covering WikiLeaks. Ask them why would it be so?
TRUMP KISSED WOMEN WITHOUT PERMISSION!
Smile and ask them if they have managed to kiss any woman with permission. The idea is so ridiculous! If you are talking to a woman, ask her if you can kiss her and when she tells you to shut up, well, your point is made.
Avoid temptation to call them out on their inexperience with women.
TRUMP SAID “PUSSY”!
Ask them if they know what is going on in Germany (and Europe) after mass immigration from Syria. Get them to acknowledge that Europe has become a hellhole with terror attacks, rapes and sexual assaults by the Islamist migrants become almost daily occurrence.
Ask them who do they think would protect them and their families better from the two candidates. 1) Donald Trump, who is against mass immigration from terror-infected Islamist countries or 2) Hillary Clinton whose dream is open boarders. Ask them if it is wise to not elect Trump who is clearly the better bet for protection from terrorism, just because he says the word pussy?
Ask them if they have never said the word pussy themselves. And if they have, does it makes them bad human beings regardless of all of their good traits.
TRUMP IS UNHINGED, CAN’T BE TRUSTED WITH NUCLEAR CODES!
Ask them what makes them think Trump is unhinged. Is it Trump’s rhetoric? His insults of his opponents? If so, point to them that Trump is not a seasoned politician so he doesn’t talk like one. Moreover, he has been a reality TV star for years, so his mannerisms are different from those of politicians’. Does that make him unhinged? If so, how is he so successful in multiple fields and multiple businesses?
When you talk about his success as a businessman, they might point to his 5-6 bankruptcies to showcase his failures. Tell them that Trump has over 500 successful business entities to his name. If a businessman starts 500 ventures, and 5 of those fail, how is that a bad track-record?
Ask them if they have heard that as of this month (October 2016), Obama administration has declared cyber-attack on Russia based on Hillary’s unsubstantiated claim that Russia is providing DNC’s hacked emails to WikiLeaks in an attempt to influence the US election. 1) There is no proof that Russia is behind the hack. 2) This could aggravate Putin and could lead to WWIII involving nuclear. Ask them if that seems more like actions of the unhinged.
TRUMP PRAISES PUTIN!
Ask them this: Who do you think Putin would work better with. 1) Someone who says America and Russia has a common goal of defeating ISIS and that we can work together to achieve that, or 2) Someone who continually badmouths Russia and Putin and accuses Putin, without evidence, of influencing the US elections? The goal is to make them realize that Putin can actually be a good ally to America against terrorism.
There are countless other points they would bring out against Trump, but you get the drift.
Just remember to be polite, remain calm and don’t try to win over them.
Take America back, and make it great again!