As a late-stage millennial, I have nearly 2,400 Facebook friends. Everyone I’ve met in my life is connected to me on social media one way or another, and they’re of all political stripes. My cadre of Facebook affiliates ranges from Donald Trump supporters to people who are not insane.
Yesterday, I engaged in a little experiment.
My hypothesis: Even the most ardent supporters of Donald Trump cannot and will not support what actually comes out of the man’s mouth.
To test the hypothesis, I posted the following:
Cash Offer: I’ll pay a bona fide Trump supporter that is also a Facebook friend $20 to agree to post direct 5 quotes of my choosing made by Donald Trump from the past ten days.
Each quote must be preceded with the phrase (and nothing else), “I support Donald Trump because he said, [ insert quote ]” and remain publicly visible on your feed until election day.
Do I have a taker?
So far, nobody has taken me up on the offer, though the post was shared a half dozen times and attracted dozens of “likes”, making it appear in hundreds of people’s Facebook feeds. Several Donald Trump supporters predictably responded with non sequiturs bashing Barack Obama, but none of them agreed to have the Sentient Wig‘s ramblings broadcast on their own Facebook feed.
I encourage you to try this experiment at home. Then come back and comment on this post with the results. Perhaps my friends – even the Trump supporters – are simply smarter than average.