When talking about Trump's base of supporters it's important not to lump them into one giant slime ball.
It's not fair. And it's not accurate.
Millions voted for Trump for different reasons. The fact that he appealed to farmers and other cross-sections of society may surprise his detractors who are often too quick to label anyone that voted for Trump as witless rednecks.
Give them some credit. A lot of Americans wanted a change. And a lot of Americans hated Hillary Clinton. It didn't necessarily mean they approved of his habit of lying or that he was a womanizer most of his adult life.
That said, there's hard core supporters, who I call his real followers, that have been waiting for their chance in the limelight, and Trump has opened the door to giving them a platform after Charlottesville.
The alt-right has been given the green light in the Trump era to foul our national discourse with hateful lies and racism. Conspiracy theorists, who once hid in their parent's cellars, have become social media stars with followers as crazy as they are.
Anyone that saw the recent Tampa rally, where Trump showed up to stump for some Republicans running for office in the midterms, had to be struck with the site of unhinged conspiracy wing nuts screaming at the media who attended the event.
Those devotees of falsehoods, some of which are specific to faith in Trump, others with plain old nonsense with racist and anti-Semitic tones, have been liberated by a reality star president who will do, or say anything, for good ratings.
Reports of the Tampa rally didn't just come from the mainstream media.
There was live coverage on the Internet coming from 8chan, an anonymous image board also known as Infinitechan or Infinitychan, which is best described as the unglued twin of a better-known 4chan, a message board already untethered from reality.
This is the core of Trump's base. Once bottom dwellers in society, these wing nuts are now the new reality stars in the Trump regime. Neo-Nazis, KKK members, and extreme ant-immigrant groups are flourishing like deadly mushrooms in a shit heap of lies.
Next time you view footage of a Trump rally, look closely at the people behind him. Some may look familiar because they are. They attend all of his rallies. They follow him like lemmings, anxious to fight off Trump's detractors, and to worship him in person.
You'll probably also notice that the press trying to cover the event will be verbally attacked, urged on by a child-like Trump repeating the same lies wherever he goes.
A Trump rally is always a circus, and he's the ringmaster. Just look at his audience. That's his "real" base.
Time for me to walk on down the road...