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Algernon Moncrieff

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I haven't been on for like six weeks. There has been some family stuff going on and -- well to be honest -- politics as a topic just sucks right now. But I was genuinely touched to see that, in spite of my absence, some Valentine hearts floated my way. To whoever (whomever?) that was - thanks and back at ya!
Posted by Algernon Moncrieff | Tue Feb 21, 2017, 11:47 PM (5 replies)

10 Reasons Why, No Matter How Awful Trump Gets, His Supporters Dont Care

Forward Progressives (Link)

6. They don’t mind being ruled by a dictator: I’ve actually written an entire article about this before. The sad truth is, as long as that dictator isn’t coming after them (at least not yet), many of his supporters would be more than fine with Trump being allowed to rule like one.

7. He panders to their delusional beliefs that aren’t true — but they think they are: While this is similar to #3, it’s slightly different. When Trump launched his campaign, he got many conservatives to truly believe:
Most illegal immigrants are criminals. (False)
The economy is worse now than when President Obama took office. (False)
There’s no vetting process for refugees. (False)
Violent crime is skyrocketing. (False)
ISIS is pouring across our southern border. (False)
President Obama wasn’t deporting illegal immigrants. (False)
The military became weak under Obama. (False)
The 7 nations he banned have been tied to fatal terrorist attacks in the U.S. (False)
Barack Obama faked two versions of his birth certificate. (False)

There are obviously plenty more, but I think I’ve made my point. Long before Trump ever became a presidential candidate, let alone Barack Obama’s successor, the people who now support him believed many of the lies he used to reach the level of “success” he has. All he really did was recognize that these folks believed in a whole lot of fantasies, then pandered to them.

8. They live inside of an information bubble where very little truth is told: A big reason why so many Trump supporters are ignorant, stupid, and believe in fantasies is because they’ve wrapped themselves inside a bubble of fake information (largely driven by Fox News) that has completely distorted their views on reality. I know no one reading this will do this, but if you only followed Fox News for an entire month, you’d quickly see how warped the “news” coverage is from that network. When the rest of the world is reporting on the endless list of lies Trump has told, Fox News is talking about how the DOW had the biggest one-day gain in a president’s first 30 days since 1909, how two moms in New Jersey are worried about Islam being taught in schools, and boasting about how Ivanka Trump’s fragrance has become a best-seller on Amazon. I went back through two days worth of Fox News tweets and found almost nothing negative about Trump.

That’s how you create a delusional alternative reality. When the entire world is reporting on how ridiculous and incompetent Trump is, but the sources you trust aren’t.

9. They’re too proud to admit they were wrong: While this one might be more of a personal observation, I’m friends with several Trump supporters who I know, deep down, are aware that he’s not qualified for the job and has been an embarrassment thus far. However, because they’re too proud to admit that they were wrong about him, they’ve doubled-down on their support. The last thing they want to admit was “Hillary Clinton supporters were right.” Many of them will “go down with the ship,” so to speak, before they’ll ever admit they were conned by Donald Trump.
Posted by Algernon Moncrieff | Tue Feb 21, 2017, 11:44 PM (13 replies)
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