As a trained persuader, I’m seeing a dangerous situation forming that I assume is invisible to most of you. The setup is that during the presidential campaign Trump’s critics accused him of being Hitler(ish) and they were sure other citizens would see it too, thus preventing this alleged monster from taking office.
They were wrong. The alleged monster took office.
Now you have literally millions of citizens in the United States who were either right about Trump being the next Hitler, and we will see that behavior emerge from him soon, or they are complete morons. That’s a trigger for cognitive dissonance. The science says these frightened folks will start interpreting all they see as Hitler behavior no matter how ridiculous it might seem to the objective observer. And sure enough, we are seeing that.
And here’s the key line and paragraph (emphasis on the key line is mine):
But lately I get the feeling that Trump’s critics have evolved from expecting Trump to be Hitler to preferring it. Obviously they don’t prefer it in a conscious way. But the alternative to Trump becoming Hitler is that they have to live out the rest of their lives as confirmed morons. No one wants to be a confirmed moron. And certainly not after announcing their Trump opinions in public and demonstrating in the streets. It would be a total embarrassment for the anti-Trumpers to learn that Trump is just trying to do a good job for America. It’s a threat to their egos. A big one.
The Fake News Media, the Democrat politicians and some Republican politicians told the Left that Donald Trump is the 2nd coming of Hitler. Millions enthusiastically bought into it with little to no evidence to support it. They made an enormous emotional investment. Their wisdom, their choices, their very intelligence is on the line on this bet they made that Trump is indeed a fire-breathing demon.
So there’s two choices. Admit a mistake and deal with the uncomfortable feelings associated with being humbled or double down on that mistake. We’ve probably all done it in the past, the stakes just weren’t this high.
At some point, one of the few people on the Left with both a high standing and some sanity (Practically a unicorn, I know) has to stand up and try to break people out of their trance. Because right now, the trance is so deep, there’s nothing Trump can do.
Leftist Mob: WE DEMAND GOOD ROADS. GOOD ROADS ARE A RIGHT!
Trump: We’re going to make huge investments in infrastructure to provide good roads.
Leftist Mob: YOU KNOW WHO MADE HUGE INVESTMENTS INTO INFRASTRUCTURE AND PROVIDED GOOD ROADS?!?!? HITLER DID, THAT’S WHO!