41% of Trump Supporters want to bomb Aladdin and Jasmine

By Juan Cole | (Informed Comment) | – –

Public Policy Polling asked US voters if they favored bombing “Agraba.” Some 30% of Republicans said “Yes!”

Obviously, this is a a little bit of a trick, since voters being asked such a question assume it is a real policy issue. But wouldn’t you want to be sure what a place is before you blasted it?

Agraba is the fictional land of Aladdin in the Disney cartoon. There isn’t actually any place so named in the Middle East, though it may be based on the Jordanian Red Sea port of Aqaba.

In the Thousand and One Nights, Aladdin was probably sited in Baghdad, though the 18th century French collector of the tales got his manuscript and perhaps some oral stories such as Aladdin from Aleppo in Syria. (A tale with a magic lamp has recently been discovered from 17th century Alexandria in Egypt). Many of these stories originated in India and were translated and retold in the Arab lands in the medieval period.

Maybe the public hates Agraba because Disney told them it is a “barbaric place.” (Baghdad actually was highly civilized when Paris was a muddy village).

The poll actually does have a use, as demonstrated by the clear differences in the answers given depending on whom they asked.

The most belligerent voters against little Agraba were Trump supporters at 41%. And only 9% opposed bombing Aladdin and Jasmine to smithereens.

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Only 19% of Democrats were knee-jerk bombers, and 36% were firmly opposed to reducing the cartoon land to smouldering cellulose. That 19% of Democrats wanted to bomb is pretty bad, obviously.

But it is interesting that the most belligerent constituencies besides Trump were supporters of Jeb Bush, Ted Cruz and Chris Christie.

I suppose Bush acolytes figure they know what a Bush would get up to. And after all, all those Neoconservatives who engineered the Iraq War are in his brain trust.

Christie, being a bully, likely attracts other bullies.

It is hard to know if the Cruz devotees are militarily aggressive or just addled like their leader.

Perhaps because he is so soft-spoken, Dr. Ben Carson appears to have attracted the least warlike followers, at only 14% anti-Agraba.

The poll seems to me to demonstrate that some significant proportion of Americans, and roughly 30% of Republicans, are so anxious, scared and angry that they would pretty much bomb anything at all at the drop of a hat.

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Related videos:

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Disney’s Aladdin, Opening

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The Young Turks: “Republicans Asked If They’d Support Bombing Agrabah, From Disney’s Aladdin”

21 Responses

  1. The poll seems to me to demonstrate that some significant proportion of Americans, and roughly 30% of Republicans, are so anxious, scared and angry that they would pretty much bomb anything at all at the drop of a hat.

    Given the steady diet of violence proffered as a means for retaliating against the “enemy” that Americans have been fed from childhood a higher percentage of bomb-’em-all-to-hell Americans would not have been surprising. If John Wayne were alive today and ran for president he would be a shoo-in.

    For those of us who have been around a while, it is interesting to note how young women are now being given pro-violence women as role models and equal rights to be as thuggish and barbaric as men.

    There is an old saying attributed to the Chinese that comes in a variety of translations, the essence of which suggests that people who lack the intelligence necessary to solve a problem resort to violence.

  2. “The poll seems to me to demonstrate that some significant proportion of Americans, and roughly 30% of Republicans ….” are unbelievably stupid would have been a better ending!

  3. Bombing civilians is terrorism. Doesn’t matter whether it’s a car bomb or an airplane bomb.

  4. Fortunately, Trump supporters are a distinct but loud and over-produced in media minority.

    Donald Trump and his bromance partner, Mr. Putin are corporate-controlled media sideshow to distract from the absolute worst GOP field of Presidential candidates in history.

    And nothing more.

  5. It is absolutely embarrassing to be an American these days.

    What has happened to this country? Has there always been this many ignorant people in the USA?

    • What has happened to this country? Has there always been this many ignorant people in the USA?

      The centuries of American history when a sizable portion of the people supported or were tolerant of slavery, ethnic cleansing of Native Americans, hostility towards immigrants, slavery by other names, wars of choice and overthrow of foreign governments were not exactly periods of enlightenment.

    • To answer your question, H.L. Mencken, who was a popular columnist in the 1920’s, once said that no one ever went broke by under estimating the intelligence of the American people. Albert Einstein, speaking more generally, said that there are 2 things that are infinite–the universe and human stupidity and he wasn’t sure about the universe. P.T. Barnum once famously said that there’s a sucker born every minute. Richard Hofstader back in the 1950’s wrote a history of anti-intellectualism in the United States. I think that now there is a widespread xenophobia and fear, stoked by right wing politicians and their media supporters that is stronger than is usually the case. I also think that the rise of various media outlets that cater to particular viewpoints and the feeling that “mainstream media” can’t be trusted leads many people to follow only those media outlets that support their weltanshaung (sp?) or world view. This leads to many people being willfully ignorant. A recent poll found that when Donald Trump is fact checked and supporters are shown that he is making inaccurate statement, his supporters back him even more strongly. That I find particularly troubling.

      • Gary – good work. Mention of Mencken and Hofstader is particularly nice.

        But one nit to pick, “. . . the FEELING that “mainstream media” can’t be trusted . . .” really should be, “. . . the FACT that “mainstream media” can’t be trusted . . . “

        Cheers.

  6. I assumed that “Agrabah” was inspired by Agra, the city of the Taj Mahal (a fantsy version of which appears in the cartoon). The touts and souvenir sellers there ARE getting a bit out of hand, but bombing sounds extreme.

  7. Brown skinned Arabs being bombed never seems to be an issue for many in the US. We have killed thousands in Iraq, and shown no remorse. They would sing a different tune if these were white skinned Christians.

  8. Cody Leonard

    @cenkuygur yes but also mention the others didn’t know it was not a real country either they thought it was a real country too

  9. It is no crime to lack intellectual acuity, and ignorance is simply not knowing what someone else knows. Most people the world over simply seek social stability and a bit of prosperity. To ask a trick question like that suggests an ugly and divisive sense of superiority.

    • They were given the option of answering “not sure”. It’s something more than ignorant to be unwilling to admit that you don’t know if a place deserves to be annihilated. And by your criteria, how can we have an electorate qualified to select the rulers who control ten thousand nuclear weapons?

  10. I am sure if you inserted….say “Baghdad Green Zone” they would vote to bomb it. Apparently the GOP foreign policy is to kill them all and let god sort them out.

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