A Rude Awakening is Coming. Will It Be for Trump’s Supporters or Biden’s ?

Disappointment: the feeling of dissatisfaction that follows the failure of expectations to manifest.

Ed Newman
7 min readOct 22, 2020


Yesterday my Medium feed (recommended reads) included a story titled A Rude Awakening is Coming for Trump and His Supporters. Now generally I don’t have time to read everything that gets sent to me. Nevertheless, some things do catch my eye. The article essentially outlines all the reasons this author believes a Biden/Harris landslide is coming. More interesting to me, however, was reading the comments that followed.

Illustration by the author.

The 5-minute read explains why Trump and his zealous followers will soon be facing the biggest disillusionment of their lives.

After reading half the comments, I thought it might be fun to play off the title of Frank Lucacovic’s essay because the confidence on both sides seems to be so strong that it will indeed be a rude awakening for one team or the other when this thing is over.

Here are some of the comments, extracted from over 130 attached to the original piece. You can read the whole article here first if you prefer, or start with these excerpts. Or skip these excerpts and read the growing river of responses there if you like.

What’s interesting to me is hearing people on both sides talk about this election as if it won’t even be close. That may be the biggest surprise for some. My own personal fear is that whoever wins, the results will be disputed.


I appreciate your confidence but you may have overlooked two key factors. Many Trump supporters are either shy in their political opinions, or outright lie to pollsters for fun. This factor will decide many of the swing states that Democrats think are in the bag.

Your wishful thinking lost me in sentence two — which contains two parts pure opinion and one fact.



Ed Newman

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