Nate Silver: Trump Supporters Are 'Profoundly Evil'

Chris Menahan
Oct. 18, 2016

During a recent podcast Nate Silver highlighted on his site, he said supporters of Donald Trump are "profoundly evil."

Here's the full conversation for context via FiveThirtyEight:
Clare Malone: It was striking that there were so many stories [this week], though perhaps not surprising for 2016. As far as processing the stories goes, let me lay out a couple of numbers. A Morning Consult poll says that 74 percent of Republicans want party officials to continue to support their nominees. I got some SurveyMonkey data last night: 81 percent of Republican women and 84 percent of Republican men are still supporting Donald Trump. And thatís despite a lot of hand-wringing in the leadership of GOP.

I think that gets to something really interesting about not just the Republican Party but our society. I think it should be a jolt to American men, to be perfectly frank. Thereís a thing going around on Twitter ó #NotAllMen ó and thatís fair. But a lot of Republican women that Iíve talked to and women being surrogates for Trump on TV say things like ďI do believe that men talk about women in different ways privately that they would never talk publicly.Ē Women believe enough that this is within the realm of normal language, that this is not a disqualifying thing.

And I think that says something pretty bad about our society, and not just Republican women. When it comes down to it, if youíre a Republican woman supporting Trump youíre supporting him because ultimately you may have misgivings about him but you support your team. But the fact that this isnít a disqualifying factor in our society is something that requires quite a bit of introspection.

Literal devils.
Farai Chideya: I definitely think thereís two separate issues here. One is this national debate thatís emerged about this behavior. And the other is about Donald Trump as an ecosystem. Heís not really a candidate anymore, heís an ecosystem with advisors, supporters, detractorsÖ

But I would like to talk moreÖ about the overall issue of assault ó 23 percent of women have been touched sexually, in street harassment incidents and other incidentsÖ This is just not that weird.

Jody Avirgan: Does this week help advance our conversation about that issue? Putting the election aside.

Chideya: I hope so. Itís really up to us.

Nate Silver: One theme of this election in general is that it might advance a lot of conversations but it also proves how far society has to go. And thatís putting it politely. Iím not sure what words to use, but thereís something profoundly evil about the Trump campaign at this point, and the people he attracts to it. And I think thatís the right word to use.

Farai Chideya: I disagree. I think that the concept of ďinhumanĒ is one of the worst words in the world. Because everything humans do from genocide to altruism is human. And this is human behavior. To me the more that we can face that the better.

Nate Silver: Iím not saying itís inhuman. Iím saying human beings have good and evil sides to them, and this is a guy who brings out the absolute worst in people.
You are not just a "basket of deplorables," you're "profoundly evil."

If you don't want to be ruled by crooks like Hillary Clinton who took $30 million from ISIS funding Saudi Arabia and Qatar, you're "profoundly evil."

If you don't want to be ruled by crooks like her husband who was given a $1 million dollar "birthday check" for a five minute meeting with ISIS funding Qatar, you're "profoundly evil."

I'm sure Silver's statistical analysis is just as "impartial" as his political commentary.

That he just so happened to get almost everything wrong this election and insists Donald Trump has almost no chance is pure coincidence.

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