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Why vote Trump?

Mike McCartney

17th November 2023

Great video with interviews ofTrump supporters - excellent for a flipped classroom activity

One of the topics of endless fascination for A Level Politics students in the UK is why Donald Trump is such a strong electoral force. In this Guardian video, the reporter interviews Republican voters in the state of South Carolina, covering a range between Trump loyalists and more traditional, moderate GOP voters...

Questions on the video and suggested and answers

Questions:
1. What are the consequences of the conservative movement being split between Trump loyalists and those looking for a way out?

2. How does the Republican Party in South Carolina feel about Donald Trump?

3. How do most people in South Carolina express their loyalty to Trump?

4. What is the general sentiment towards Trump's candidacy despite the indictments against him?

5. Why do some people believe that the indictments against Trump are not concerning?

6. Why does the interviewee choose not to read the indictments or listen to the tape?

7. How does the interviewee respond to the criticism that Trump's actions are harmful to the country?

8. What is the interviewee's opinion on the idea of prosecuting women who get abortions for homicide?

9. How does the interviewee justify their support for the death penalty for women who have abortions?

10. How does the interviewee describe South Carolina's stance on abortion laws?

11. What does the speaker consider to be totalitarianism?

12. According to the video, what choice does the speaker believe people have?

13. Why did some conservatives form their own independent group called the fourth district Republican Club?

14. How would you describe the loyalty of the people in the room towards Donald Trump?

15. What is the viewpoint of some county GOP members regarding voting for anyone other than Donald Trump?

16. How does the state representative, Jason Elliot, feel about the idea of absolute undying loyalty to Donald Trump?

17. What consequence does the speaker believe will occur if Republicans continue to relitigate the 2020 election and January 6th?

Suggested answers:
1. The consequences of the conservative movement being split between Trump loyalists and those looking for a way out are uncertain.
2. The Republican Party in South Carolina is supportive of Donald Trump.
3. Most people in South Carolina express their loyalty to Trump by supporting him and believing in conspiracy theories surrounding his candidacy.
4. Despite the indictments against him, many people still have undying loyalty to Trump.
5. Some people believe that the indictments against Trump are not concerning because they believe he has done nothing illegal.
6. The interviewee chooses not to read the indictments or listen to the tape because they do not trust the sources behind them.
7. The interviewee believes that Trump is not a criminal and would not harm the country, despite being attacked by political adversaries.
8. The interviewee supports the idea of prosecuting women who get abortions for homicide.
9. The interviewee justifies their support for the death penalty for women who have abortions by stating that South Carolina is a conservative state.
10. South Carolina is described as the most conservative state in the nation, and the interviewee supports changes to abortion laws, including the possibility of prosecuting women who get abortions for homicide

11.The speaker considers supporting the death penalty for a woman who took an abortion to be totalitarianism.
12. The speaker believes people have a choice to practice safe sex.
13. Some conservatives formed their own independent group because they didn't feel welcome in the Greenville County Republican party.
14. The people in the room are very loyal to Donald Trump.
15. Some county GOP members believe that voting for anyone other than Donald Trump is disloyal.
16. Jason Elliot does not agree with the idea of absolute undying loyalty to Donald Trump.
17. The speaker believes that if Republicans continue to relitigate the 2020 election and January 6th, they will have a hard time regaining the White House.

Mike McCartney

Mike is an experienced A-Level Politics teacher, author and examiner.

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