Trump is a False God

Why Trumpistas are dedicated
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Trump is a False God
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Here’s a hypothesis about which I’d love to hear your comments:  The basis for the Trumpista’s dedication in spite of his bizarre statements and actions is summed up in one word:  God.  Their support of Trump is pure faith.  The same faith that they have in Jesus if they are Christians, or in whoever their religious patron is.  It is unshakable, unreasonable, unreasoned, and undiluted.

That’s why they ignore or write off actions and words that they would not tolerate in their household.  It is why they blindly follow him and believe what he says no matter how much they are hurt by it.  (See Borowitz’s satire about how disappointed they were that he let them keep their heath care…https://www.newyorker.com/humor/borowitz-report/trump-supporters-furious-that-they-still-have-health-care)  But most important, they are blind to any argument.  They are “Trump Fundamentalists.”

I’ll give you an example of the reality distortion field that this religion creates.  Someone I know sent me a video of a Nigerian in America reacting to the statement about shithole countries.  He echoed it:  “we are a shithole country.  The infrastructure is failing, the government is corrupt, the educational system is a mess, etc’  [this is a paraphrase, try the link for the actual language. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5fSRTQ4Sc4k ]  My response was to say that when Trump called it a shithole country, what he really meant was that Nigerians are shithole people who we don’t want in America.  If it was about the infrastructure then Nigerians would be welcome as good, entrepreneurial prospective citizens.  My respondent said he didn’t see it that way.   His inability to read the meaning behind the words doesn’t mark him a racist, it makes him an acolyte.

The implication of this is that you can’t sway the faithful with argument.  Eric Hoffer has some ideas about the nature of mass movements and why they are effective.  There might be some gold there.  My sense is that the only way is to convince people that he is a false god, a devil.  Or that there is a better god.  The path he is leading you down does not lead to salvation but to eternal hellfire.  Stuff like that.

Now our next trick has to be framing and propagating that message.


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Hisham Bedri: So, some supporting evidence: r/the_donald usually refers to trump as “God Emperor”, but it’s the internet after all.I see your points that Trump is infallible in the mind of his supporters, but I ...
Would a Comparison be Effective?
Britney Johnson: Interesting hypothesis. I agree that, if this is indeed the case, it cannot easily be changed by an argument. I wonder how effective a comparison would be, if it began by asking a question regardin...
Being a god means being good.
Travis Rich: While true of hardcore Trump supporters, I feel that most of this could be said for any American politician at the moment (i.e past few decades). Hillary was a god to some, Bernie was a god to many...
Britney Johnson: Very great points. I enjoyed reading this, especially since I wonder whether or not a comparison would be effective. Not particularly a comparison of bad vs. good - but of alignment, resemblance, s...
New Discussion on Jan 31
Kalli Retzepi: This makes me think of Jonathan Haidt who talks about “sacredness” - the real reason people are immune to Trump is that he upholds ideals and morals that are sacred to them (and sacredness here has...