It's a well-trodden truism in politics that voters don't vote for a candidate's policies, they vote for the candidate.
To put this adage to the ultimate test, late-night host Jimmy Kimmel decided to see if he could convince voters of one candidate to support the policies of an entirely different candidate from an entirely different party.
"Every politician comes out with his or her own plans and proposals, but I wonder if voters pay attention to the specifics of those plans," Kimmel mused on last night's show. "It seems to me most people pick a candidate and go along with whatever that candidate says.”
How would one set about proving that?
“Armed with the new Trump tax plan we went out into the street and found people who claim to support Hillary ClintonHillary Diane Rodham ClintonGOP political operatives indicted over illegal campaign contribution from Russian national in 2016 Clinton lawyer's indictment reveals 'bag of tricks' Attorney charged in Durham investigation pleads not guilty MORE for president and asked those people about her tax plan," Kimmel continued. "But what they didn’t know is the tax plan we presented them with is not Hillary Clinton’s — it’s Donald TrumpDonald TrumpUN meeting with US, France canceled over scheduling issue Trump sues NYT, Mary Trump over story on tax history McConnell, Shelby offer government funding bill without debt ceiling MORE’s.”
Sure enough, one by one, the Clinton voters were stunned to discover that they were vouching for the proposal of her archrival.
At least one participant took the revelation in his stride.
“Well, I support Donald Trump, then,” he exclaimed.