I’ve been considering this for quite some time now, and I think it’s time to put some thoughts down on paper, so to speak. I should point out right at the start that while I am a medical professional, I’m not in mental health (I’m in the lab).
First off, we have to understand that the man they pretty much worship, Trump himself, is a deeply insecure person. There are two major pieces of evidence for this:
- His thin-skinned, over-the-top reaction to even the slightest criticism. Just look at his response to the “tiny hands” comment. A secure, well-adjusted, mature person would take that kind of thing and shrug it off, because they know who they are. Some would even turn it into a self-deprecating joke. Trump, on the other hand, responds like a child, attempting to “prove” that it’s not true.
- His insistence on outward signs of his power, prestige, and wealth. One specific example is the gold drapes in the Oval Office. Again, secure people don’t need the outward trappings because they know who they are. I recently had the opportunity to meet Peter Furler, former lead singer for Newsboys, and he was obviously content with what our small city could offer him. He didn’t demand more, he was truly and honestly grateful for what we could give him. That’s a man who is secure in who he is. Trump clearly isn’t, he needs constant reminders. (See also the reports of him asking advisors to praise him during Cabinet meetings… more evidence of insecurity.)
With that said, from what I’ve seen online from Trumpeters clearly shows that a great many — possibly even a large majority — of them are drawn to him because they’re just as insecure as he is. They see supporting him as “proof” that they’re the macho alpha-males they want to be rather than the beta-males they fear they really are.
Again, we see the same evidence of insecurity in them as we see in Trump himself. They are incredibly thin-skinned, even the slightest criticism of them or Trump sends them into fits of frothing rage.
Second, they’re the ones with the online profiles with tons of flags and #MAGA slogans. Kinda the online version of gold drapes. You can think of them as the typical redneck driving the jacked-up truck with the exhaust you can hear miles away.
All this leads us to the conclusion that Trumpeters react they way they do because admitting that Trump isn’t the be-all and end-all of political greatness would strike at the very heart of their fragile egos. Since that threat is terrifying to them, they react like a cornered dog.