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2. I've been saying this for a long time. The way to reach a MAGA
Fri May 17, 2024, 03:40 PM
May 17

Is NOT through facts and rational discussion because emotions are what drive their attachment to Trump. Address their emotions, not facts.

Ask what they are afraid of, what they hate, what they love and why. That will sometimes open them to reason. Just naming and discussing their fears out loud to someone who will listen can have a calming effect. Ask questions that divert them from emotional reactions and that make them think. Don't get caught up in your own emotional reactions to their irrationality. Don't tell them what is factual. Instead, ask them questions that make them think beyond their knee jerk emotions.

Don't expect logical, rational answers to your questions. They are not geared that way - yet. You are planting doubts about their emotional commitment to Trump and MAGA spin. Their fears run deep and will not go away quickly. When they say what they are afraid of, ask why they have that fear. Sometimes that will reveal past experiences as a child or adult that they never overcame or healed from. Your questions can up them see the difference between past personal and present larger issues.

Trying to reason with an emotionally locked person gets nowhere other than frustrating you. The emotions need to be dealt with first.

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