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"[P]eople don’t like to be made to look ridiculous. [...] But Trump himself makes it the case that there are really only two options. Either Trump is the greatest US President... or else he is, at best, totally ridiculous. [...] As a result, there is no way to conceptualize the red-blue divide except as a red pill-blue pill divide... The reason Trump talks constant lies is, in part, to ensure the debate frame can only be: which side is constantly lying?" http://crookedtimber.org/2018/06/13/epistemic-sunk-costs-and-the-extraordinary-populist-delusions-of-crowds/
uspol, underresearched rhetoric Show more
I've been thinking for a while—and have done no research to find out if other people think the same thing, which they might, sorry—that any anti-Trump rhetoric from people invested in electoral politics in the next however many years needs to include a face-saving escape hatch—a way for Trump supporters to wean themselves off of him that doesn't involve looking foolish. (or, unfortunately/regrettably, ever showing penitence, which they're unlikely to ever do)
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