Was Sun Tzu writing about the Deplorable Donald Trump and his Followers when he wrote the “Art of War”?

Sun Tzu wrote, “If you know the enemy and know yourself, you need not fear the result of a hundred battles. If you know yourself but not the enemy, for every victory gained you will also suffer a defeat. If you know neither the enemy nor yourself, you will succumb in every battle.” – written and published about 512 B.C.

Now it is time for us to learn who our enemy is so we can win this war.

I recently read a rant that alleged that half the country voted for Donald Trump, and those voters were the deplorables.  But the claim that half the country was deplorable is wrong unless we expand the definition of who those deplorables are beyond who just voted for Donald Trump.  Half is 109.5 million if we only look at eligible voters.

I also read “Essay: Fake news, faith and reason,” and it provided a good definition of exactly who those deplorables are, how they think, and/or their empty-headed lack of thinking.

Here’s what I think is deplorable.

As I write this post, we learn from US Election Atlas.org that Trump has 45.99 percent of the popular vote with 62,916,237 votes (that is not half). Hillary Clinton has 48.07 percent of the vote for 65,758,070, and it’s deplorable that she lost.

It’s deplorable that only 132.9 million Americans voted. There are almost 219 million eligible voters, and 86.1 million didn’t vote.

It’s deplorable that the @realDonaldTrump on Twitter has 17.2 million followers, but he only has 45 likes (when I checked today). How does anyone have that many followers and only 45 likes?

It also helps to define how deplorable Trump’s thinking is by just looking at the 40 Twitter pages he follows.  Click the link and discover how many times he follows himself and far-right hate media sites and/or talking heads.

It’s deplorable that according to the Pew Research Center, 33-percent of the people that voted for Trump did it because “He is not Clinton,” 27 percent voted for him because “He will bring change (does that mean burning the U.S. Constitution),” 26 percent voted because of “His policy positions (does he really have any),” 19 percent voted for him because “He tells it like it is/His personality (like his locker room talk),” and 10 percent voted for him because “He is for American people and values (Huh!).”

It’s deplorable that Trump claimed he’ll bring back manufacturing jobs that were lost to China, because how can Trump bring back jobs from China that never left?

Quickly, China doesn’t just trade with the United States. It trades with the world. The OEC reports China exported $2.37 trillion to the world in 2014, but only $432 billion of that went to the U.S, and the U.S. exported $134 billion in goods back to China, goods produced by American workers and/or automation in American factories. Discover what Forbes says China buys from the U.S. Automation took away 88 percent of the 7 million lost jobs in U.S. manufacture since 1979. Who became president in 1980?

So let’s discover how many deplorables there are.

First, the 16 – 17 million that follow Donald Trump on Twitter and on Facebook (probably the same people) on a scale of 1 to 10, with 10 being the worst deplorables, this group earns a 9.

After we subtract the 16 – 17 million that follow Trump on Twitter and Facebook, that leaves about 47 million voters that earned an 8 on that scale of 1 to 10.  Arguably the ones that voted for Trump because he wasn’t Clinton should earn a 7, but Essay: Fake news, faith and reason explains why they should be ranked higher so maybe I’m wrong and that group should be a 9 too.

Who earned a 10 on the deplorable scale?  The 86.1 million that didn’t vote, and the answer is more than 68 percent of Americans eligible to vote are deplorable. More than 50 percent.

One thing we can look forward to from a Trump Presidency is all the new Star Wars films with him as the Emperor while he’s still the president of the U.S. I heard that Disney is already in negotiations with Donald Trump. If the deal goes through, he’ll be the first sitting United States President to star as an emperor in a series of films wearing pink cotton candy on his head instead of a crown or a hoodie.


Lloyd Lofthouse is a former U.S. Marine and Vietnam Veteran, with a BA in journalism and an MFA in writing, who taught in the public schools for thirty years (1975 – 2005).

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Who will vote for Donald Trump?

There are about 200 million registered voters in the United States (a landmark according to Politico.com) and about 160 million will probably vote. Trump has bragged/lied that he can’t lose because of the huge numbers of people that show up at his rallies (to be entertained by this outrageous, boastful reality TV star, I’m sure).

Politico reports, “The 2016 campaign may have reached dispiriting new lows, but voter registration in America has soared to new heights as 200 million people are now registered to vote for the first time in U.S. history.”

Are they registering to vote for or against Donald Trump (DT) – that is the question?

Politico.com might have the answer to that question too. “Registration trended more Democratic in every single battleground state. …” For instance, “In Virginia … data shows only 11.7 percent of new registrants lean Republican — versus nearly 50 percent expected to lean Democratic.” And “31 percent of the vote would come from ethnic minorities, up from 29 percent in 2012.”

The Washington Post reports on a sharp racial divide between Clinton and Trump. She holds a “79-point lead among African American voters” … and a “29-point lead among Hispanic voters.” In addition, Politico.com says, “A majority of Asian Indian, Cambodian, Chinese, Filipino, Hmong, Japanese and Korean Americans all view Trump ‘very’ unfavorably.”

Then there are women of all colors. How many women are not going to vote for Trump? Anyone that’s interested might want to read about Clinton leading Trump by 15 percentage points among women.

Election Update: Women Are Defeating Donald Trump

According to a report published in 2015 by the U.S. Census, 52.1 percent of reported voters are women and only 47.9 percent are men.

What about reported voters by education level?  These facts alone should open even the most biased eyes; if any of DT’s loyal eyes are reading this. The U.S. isn’t as uneducated as the few who profit the most claim, those who close locally controlled, democratic, public schools and replace them with for-profit, often fraudulent and inferior, corporate charter schools.

I’m sure you’ve heard that the traditional public schools in the U.S. are all failures (repeated lies generated by the few, including DT, who want to profit off the public dollars that support traditional public schools), but how often have you heard that the U.S. is the 4th most educated country in the world, and most if not all of those educated Americans read. Because of all those educated readers, the U.S. publishing industry is the largest, most profitable in the world by a huge margin. The total revenue for US publishers in 2013 was $26.7 billion vs. China in 2nd place with less than $10 billion, and China has more than 4x the people.

  • 2.5 percent of reported voters had less than a 9th grade education
  • 7.1 percent had a 9th to 12 grade education but no diploma
  • 29.8 percent were high school graduates
  • 30 percent had some college or an associate degree (2 year college degree)
  • 30.9 percent had a bachelor’s or advanced degree.

DT (Is this an acronym for a sexually transmitted disease?) won the GOP primary with 13.3 million votes vs. almost 15.3 million votes for the other three candidates: Cruz, Kasich and Rubio. – Real Clear Politics. Thirteen million is less than 7 percent of the total number of registered voters in the United States.

So, how many actually show up at DT’s rallies – actual numbers? Hot Air.com reports that Trump said (Can we believe this serial liar?), “With crowds like these, how come we’re not winning? … We go to Oklahoma,” Trump said, “we had 25,000 people. We had 21,000 people in Dallas. We had 35,000 people in Mobile Alabama.”

Let’s compare those numbers: 81,000 vs 200,000,000+.

Hot Air says, “Big rallies in themselves have almost no predictive value to electoral results, and perhaps especially so when the campaign is almost entirely oriented to big rallies.”

DT has lied more than any presidential candidate in history, but don’t expect his core followers to know that because many don’t read even if they can. There is a reason why Hillary Clinton labeled them the deplorables; a label that I’m sure is going to stick for a “very” long time.


Lloyd Lofthouse is a former U.S. Marine and Vietnam Veteran, with a BA in journalism and an MFA in writing, who taught in the public schools for thirty years (1975 – 2005). He is the award-winning author of My Splendid Concubine [3rd edition].


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