Calling All Trump Supporters

Mark Goulston
2 min readNov 17, 2022

I’m not here to tell you to not support Donald Trump.

I am here to see if you agree with the following and if so, would it cause you to question your support for him?

  1. Fulminating grievance + impotent rage + inciting incident → Violence

2. From your point of view as a Trump supporter, does this accurately describe the state of President Trump’s mind on January 6, 2021?

3. If you agree with the above, how often do you believe that a second term President Trump would be distracted or distractible from the roles, responsibilities and duties of the office of President if anything should occur to retrigger a grievance? Perhaps a better way to understand that would be to ask yourself how distracted and distractible from your roles, responsibilities and duties would you become if you were consumed by fulminating grievances compounded by rage from your powerlessness to do anything to right whatever wrong you felt had been done to you?

4. Whether you agree or disagree with President Biden’s policies, how would you rate his ability to focus on what he perceives his roles, responsibilities and duties are as compared to a President Trump especially when either are under stress from negativity towards them?

Again, I am not trying to talk you out of supporting a Republican President who supported President Trump’s policies.

I am merely asking you to answer the questions above as honestly as you can and if you are willing, to share in the comments your reasons for your answers.

And if any of you are interested in a longer explanation of the formula above that leads to violence, you might find this blog interesting: “Reverse Engineering Violence: Part 1 — Against Others.

Thank you!

P.S. I heard a quote regarding violence that has stayed with me, “the problem is not the guns in people’s hands; it the guns in their minds.” If you agree with that, is it possible that although President Trump did not personally have guns in his hands during January 6, he certainly had them in his mind?

Mark Goulston

Dr. Goulston is the world's #1 listening coach and author of "Just Listen" which became the top book on listening in the world