Since the inception of the term silent majority almost fifty years ago, and all of its iterations since, this block of voters were hardly a majority and never silent. This group has been exceedingly adept at dominating the narrative in virtually every election cycle. They’re proficient at dog-whistle propaganda, and since the mid-1980s, they’ve created their own media echo-chamber which exponentially multiplies the sound of their own voices, with no interference from outside sources. This was accomplished mainly with coast to coast am radio stations broadcasting 24/7 right-wing indoctrination, to conservative patriot and alt-right conspiracy theory websites of the last fifteen years which disseminate tragic half-truths and whole fake news.
The alleged silent majority is deafening and easily provoked. They reside in their own echo-chamber bubble of indignation about everything, from, ‘New York values’ (urban, ethnic rights, LGBT, social justice), to the war on Christmas and Black Lives Matter. They mocked and derided all people’s protests from Occupy to #NoDAPL. Their old standbys are opposing a woman’s right to choose, reinstituting school prayer and eradicating ‘big government’. They hate progress. Their idea of American values is straight from circa 1870.
Hillary Clinton garnered more votes than Trump, two million more votes. However, that doesn’t preclude flyover state Trump voters from claiming a landslide and mandate. In 2012 and 2008, Mitt Romney and John McCain received more votes while losing than Trump did in 2016. Yet American values Trump voters still proclaim a “make America great again”, Trump style mandate. They’re delusional in their belief that their views are more important, more valid, more ethical, and more patriotic than any other groups. They claim American Christian Values, home, God and country. White values. Any dissenting viewpoints are taken as literal acts of war.