Bread and circuses

I am just a poor boy.
Though my story’s seldom told,
I have squandered my resistance
For a pocketful of mumbles,
Such are promises
All lies and jest
Still, a man hears what he wants to hear
And disregards the rest.

Paul Simon, from “The Boxer”

The ongoing fact that around forty percent of American adults consistently approve of Donald Trump was baffling to me in 2017 and worked its way up to distressing in 2018 and 2019. Today, I’m resigned to it.