I could certainly ask my opponents the same question. Very few of the "facts" that are reported in the news stand as simple facts.
I've told you before, I only go by Trump's own words. I don't pay any attention to commentators.
Out of his own mouth and tweety-fingers, he's an idiot, a racist, a misogynist, a liar, an ignoramus, etc. If news sources, fake or otherwise have noticed the same thing, that might be because it's true.
And by the way, I actually agree with Trump on a couple of things, so don't accuse me of being an ideologue.
Trump makes mistakes, he misstates things, he's not careful about his words as he should be, he's not cautious enough in the face of what he should know by now about his opposition, but most of us who voted for him think he's basically honest...
So, incompetent but honest. I suppose you wouldn't object to an incompetent heart surgeon, as long as he was honest.
... we know he is not a racist...
Frankly, I couldn't care less if he's a racist. As I've said before, I'm a racist. I'm not proud of it but I'm honest about it and I'm trying to get better.
I'd have more respect for Trump if he was honestly racist.
... you are only alienating honest people and there is no closing of the political chasm possible.
You said yourself that Trump's supporters will never budge. Of course the chasm will never be closed as long as you insist on all of the movement coming from one side. You're obviously not interested in closing any chasm. You just want to be right.
You are denying that even a direct quote can be distorted by being taken out of context...
Yes indeed, I am. If you can show how a statement that 2 + 2 = 5 can be taken out of context, fire away.
... even a comment like his claim of having the biggest inaugural audience if only a misimpression is being blown out of proportion...
I told you what the implications are: he's incompetent with numbers, he's afraid to admit that he made a mistake, he's a liar, or maybe something else. None of those are "out of proportion". It's important to have a President with none of those faults. Would you hire an accountant who couldn't count?
... the exact same things said and done by other Presidents.
Other Presidents are irrelevant. You don't hire a pilot who can't see even if the previous pilot couldn't see. You don't hire an accountant who steals even though the previous accountant also stole.