Today, regarding this piece:
“Whether we want to or not, for the sake of America, we must try to understand the Donald Trump phenomenon, as it has completely swept the nation and also fiercely divided it. What is most baffling about it all is Trump’s apparent political invincibility. As he himself said even before he won the presidential election, “I could stand in the middle of 5th Avenue and shoot somebody and I wouldn’t lose voters.” Unfortunately for the American people, this wild-sounding claim appears to be truer than not, at least for the majority of his supporters, and that is something that should disturb us. It should also motivate us to explore the science underlying such peculiar human behavior, so we can learn from it, and potentially inoculate against it.
someone made the following comment:
“That the size of the amygdala and also brain activity can predict who is a conservative is fascinating. The author proposes 14 factors, but I was left feeling that somehow he did not get the correct answer. I would start with racism even if it is a concealed and silent racism. I also think the in-group source of just watching Fox News is a HUGE factor. Somehow, none of this quite explains sticking with Trump even if any of his disasters would have ruined the careers of Obama or Bush, Collective narcissism is close, but not quite a sufficient explanation. Clinton calls people “deplorable” and it ruins her career. Trump calls people all sorts of worse stuff and it does not matter. Why?”
This is the heart of the matter. Trump himself is not interesting. He’s a walking, talking cliché. A veritable caricature of himself. However, the Trump phenomenon – why people fall for his obvious confidence game and join the cult – is fascinating. Why? Why would you do that? We need to understand this process if we are to arrest the spread of whatever this Trumpism is.
Here’s my response, and then we’ll have the definitive response from Breitbart:
There is a lot to unpack in this article. First off, we need to realize the majority of Americans are tuned out to the details of politics. I don’t mean this as a slander, just an observation. I have been tuned out of politics for a couple decades until Hurricane Trump appeared on the tracking map. So speaking from experience.
I was aware Dubya faked the Weapons of Mass Destruction and they invaded Iraq for money. The details, such as Project for a New American Century were not something I was aware of. Same with Obama and the mortgage crisis. I knew he failed the people and rewarded the bankers, but I didn’t pay attention to much else he did.
Therefore, we must be aware the majority of people who voted for Trump – or Hillary Clinton for that matter – don’t really follow this stuff. Everybody gets to vote, even if they don’t know who the candidates are at all. You can go in and mark a ballot at random. I’ve done it. Not knowing who anyone actually is, being able to picture their faces, nothing. Just because someone expected me to vote that day and it was good to be away from work for a couple of hours. That’s reality.
Not everyone who voted for Trump is crazy or an asshole or anything else. Some is just “name recognition,” what people call “branding” now. Some is slogan voting. People hear some meaningless propaganda slogan like Make America Great Again and they like the reactionary sound of it. That doesn’t mean they know what the word “reactionary” means.
There are many folks where I live who voted for Trump because of a single issue, abortion. There are many who don’t really know shit from shinola, but have been programmed by FoxNews with Pavlovian conditioning to throw furniture at the sound of “Hillary Clinton” or “Barack Obama.” In the real world many people just ask their parents who to vote for or vote a straight ticket with R or D.
That said, Trump is a demagogue. He exploited a flaw in democracy. He’s an opportunist. There’s nothing special about him. He’s a used car salesman. PT Barnum. Whatever. I still haven’t been able to listen to him talk for more than a minute or two at a time. It hurts my head to listen to him talk. Literally. I have to cut it off if there’s more than a minute or two of YouTube.
I have no idea how people find Donald Trump fascinating and identify with him and it “resonates” with them or whatever. I physically can’t do it.
So the sensory fascist experience of being at a Trump rally that gets the Trumpets off… just ain’t for me. I don’t get it.
Of course, there is a great deal of spiritual illness amongst Americans. Vice has become virtue and vice versa. We’re sick as an aggregate. This was the case prior to the rise of Trump though. Trump just exploits it. In other, healthier times, people wouldn’t have signed up for his verbal diarrhea program.
Many people are Trump supporters. What I call “Trumpets.” Trump-pets. There is some difference between someone who casually voted for Trump and the cult member.
These Trump supporters cannot be swayed from their devotion no matter what reality gets in the way. Trumpets are hypocrites who despise hypocrisy. Yet, as Walt Whitman wrote, we are all hypocrites. It’s part of being a human being.
Do I contradict myself?
Very well then I contradict myself;
(I am large, I contain multitudes.)
So how do we go from “I am large, I contain multitudes,” which is what Azarian discusses with his 14 neuro-psychological reasons in the article, to the commenters question, which is a simple why? Isn’t there one reason instead of 14?
There can be. When we go from couching the question as a neuro-physiological question, to couching the question as a moral question. Therefore, we are asking a moral question here, namely:
When there is a dispute between two parties, how do I decide which one is right?
For the Trump supporter and conservatives in general, the answer is the Conservative Moral Hierarchy, which we have investigated thoroughly here.
In a nutshell, it follows from a Strict Father model, as Lakoff discusses. Let’s look at it like a little kid. If you have a problem – a moral dilemma – then what do you do?
On one hand, you have what your father told you to do. What he taught you is right.
On the other hand, you have what your friends say, what the neighbors say, whatever.
Look at it as an idiom. A cliché. One we’ve all heard before from our parents and can relate to. Remember, cliché is a virtue here, not a vice. We’re talking a simple rule of thumb anyone can understand:
If your friends all jumped off a bridge, would you do it too?
The right answer, as everyone already knows – is no.
This is an intentional dichotomy. Either do or do not. Either listen to your father who told you not to jump off bridges, or listen to your friends who did. Binary. Black and white.
This is not a fuzzy question. Answering it does not require thought. What were you told to do? What have you been taught? What is right?
Do what your dad told you. Honor thy father and mother (but mostly thy Father, for he’s God, right?)
We need to understand here, circumstances are relevant. You are wearing your bathing suit. Girls watching and applauding. Drinking beer. Whatever. It might very well make you happy, get your friends approval, and hell, it’s 100 degrees. Cooling off is all everyone wants to do today. Why not jump?
Because not jumping demonstrates your loyalty to Daddy. Demonstrates your understanding of authority. How does authority work? Well, you have two choices: dad and friends. Dad is above your friends on the hierarchy.
Doing what your father told you to do, regardless of what the truth is (the bridge isn’t that high, so it’s safe, you’ve done it on other days, it’s fun, the kids will think you are not cool, and so on) takes precedence period end of discussion
Doing what Daddy told you to do demonstrates your understanding of what is right, you are virtuous, you follow the Conservative Moral Hierarchy.
And so, when the Conservative Moral Hierarchy tells you whites are above blacks, it isn’t “racism.” It’s common sense. When it tells you Christians are better than heathens, well of course that’s so. It isn’t bigotry, it’s showing your faith. The hierarchy tells you to value the lives of Americans over human beings of any other country. That’s just patriotism. What the hell is xenophobia? Next you’re going to have a war on Christmas!
This is how one group of people calls criticism of Barack Obama being president “racism,” while the second group of people calls it a “disturbance in The Force.”
You know what the most upsetting thing I have ever said to a Trumpet is?
“He’s not my president.”
Why is that so upsetting? I’ve done it a dozen times and always gotten ballistic emotional responses. I mean, the Trumpets used to say that about Barack Obama all the time. “He’s not my president.” Isn’t it hypocrisy? Constitution? Patriots loyal to the fearless leader? Huh?
Because this statement is a way of dissing him. Disrespect. Not recognizing authority. Publicly. This statement recognizes and affirms a “Kenyan Muslim” being in charge of the country is indeed, a “disturbance in the Force” a Trumpet feels viscerally. If you don’t, it’s because you weren’t taught right when you were a kid. You can’t help it. Bless your heart. Your parents were libitards. They should have spanked you more.
Spare the rod and spoil the child. Honor thy Father and mother, but mostly thy Father.
And that’s why it’s time for Daddy to come home, and make it all OK again…
That’s authoritarianism. That’s the Conservative Moral Hierarchy. That’s why “I’m president, and you’re not” makes so much sense to some people, while to others, it’s simply baffling Trump would says these things.
Here’s Milo the Breitbart über-troll, who speaks for the Trumpets the way the Lorax speaks for the trees. Just after Trump is elected, Milo says the same thing in his own way. Don’t take my word for it, take his:
“The forces of good prevailed.”
by MILO BREITBART Nov 16, 2016
It happened. We won! We now live in the Age of Daddy! Leftists, of course — even those who aren’t still crying in the shower or looking for a razor blade — remain clueless about what it all signifies and how it happened.
After a few days of celebration, including receiving the Annie Taylor Award for bravery in journalism at David Horowitz’s Restoration Weekend, I’ve realized that many groups both within America and outside her borders need an explanation of how a Trump administration will change the game.
Luckily for everyone, including establishment conservatives who are in the same boat, I’m here to explain what Donald Trump’s election means, now that the dust has settled.
One thing is abundantly clear to most observers: Trump’s promises of change, and his promises to uproot the D.C establishment are much more likely to happen than Obama’s, which held as much water as his promise to have the most transparent administration of all time.
But what will change look like? For those stuck in the denial or anger stages of grief, the crystal balls must look extremely cloudy. Honestly, most pundits’ predictions were so wrong that they should get out of the divination business altogether.
Although President Donald Trump will touch the lives of all Americans during his term in office, there are some groups in particular who will experience karmic rewards. In no particular order, here are some of my favorites.
In many cities such as Portland, Oregon, violent anti-Trump protests have sprung up. No one is sure to what extent these are organic protests as opposed to paid operations involving Soros-funded buses full of professional malcontents, but it’s not the most pressing question when your city is on fire.
Just when you think the Left has done everything in its power to drive typical American voters to the right, they reach into their bag of tricks and pull out a surprise. The kicker is that for the most part, these protesters don’t even vote.
In the short term, protests are very bad for the communities they affect, regardless of politics. The Hillary-supporting shop owners in Portland are going to have their shops trashed as well as the city’s lone closeted Trump-supporter, who dresses in plaid shirts, wears nose piercings, and talks angrily about legalizing weed. You know, to blend in.
These protests continue to expose the hypocrisy and detachment from reality that runs like a red thread through the liberal establishment in America. Every voice on the Left bleated about how they feared protests and riots by angry Donald Trump supporters if (when) he lost the election, yet it is the leftists themselves destroying property and blocking roads.
What Trump means to the protesters is on one hand the possibility of going straight with a real job, as he revitalizes the private sector of the country and makes it more financially perilous to take social justice degrees in college. Or, on the other hand, going to jail as his administration gives law enforcement its teeth back.
Imagine violent protests during a Trump administration with Sheriff David Clarke or Sheriff Joe Arpaio running the Justice Department. I need a tissue all of a sudden…
I’ve seen video after video of Trump supporters being assaulted merely for attending one of Daddy’s rallies. And we are now in a post-election period in which liberals are faking hate crimes in an effort to paint Trump supporters negatively.
A Muslim woman at the University of Louisiana claimed Trump supporters attacked her. It didn’t happen.
A gay man from Canada named Chris Ball says he was also attacked, and posted graphic pictures with a bloody face as proof. It also didn’t happen, according to the police.
As usual, I am ahead of the curve. I wrote a while back about the growing epidemic of fake hate crimes that has sprung up over the past 10 years — and opened the last leg of my Dangerous Faggot tour by asking why lesbians commit so many of them.
Hoaxers are only harming their own cause. While many are likely to avoid immediate punishment for making up stories in place of actual hate crimes by Trump supporters — which don’t exist — what the Trump presidency means for these imaginative fools is a wonderfully incriminating social media trail for potential employers.
Media cycles end, but the Internet never forgets.
The GOP establishment fought against Trump almost until the end of the race… before trying to take his side in a maneuver so slippery and Machiavellian I am tempted to coin the word Cruzian.
It celebrated Daddy’s win not with a bang, but with a whimper. Senate leader Mitch McConnell came out the day after his victory to dispel the notion of the swamp being drained. Crucially, he says term limits for congress will never happen.
This is a sign that establishment Republicans plan to fight Trump on policies that are plainly good for America, but bad for them and their cronies. These Democrats-in-disguise might have bitten off more than they can chew, which they really ought to know by now.
Establishment Republicans have a clear future: tough primary elections against Trump-like opponents intent on draining the swamp. Paul Nehlen was the prototype for this movement. His battle with Paul Ryan was just a little ahead of its time.
In the future, incumbent establishment Republicans expecting to be unchallenged in primaries will find a battle for their political lives, especially if Donald Trump maintains enthusiasm with the base. Which of course he will.
The Democrat Party
The big losers of the general election are busy making their defeat even larger. It’s like they confuse losing elections for the national debt. All of their pathos is aimed at Trump instead of fixing the reasons they lost the election.
For one thing, the entire primary was rigged for crooked, spooky Hillary, who is unhealthy in every way. Not the least of her maladies is her disdain for common Americans.
Secondly, the Democrat Party followed Hillary’s lead in labelling everyone who didn’t agree with them racist, sexist, Islamophobic, and every other identity politic epithet they could think of.
Some of us knew this meant the “basket of deplorables” would grow to include essentially everybody in America, but many were shocked to eventually see themselves lumped in with the worst offenders, as decided by the extremists who run the Democrat party.
The Left, of course, has learned nothing. This week Steve Bannon is getting it in the neck with all manner of absurd allegations. They don’t seem to understand that the more they call us names, the more fabulous and powerful we become.
The era you could call someone a racist and get away with it is over. This is how they lost the election… but they still think that branding their opponents racist is the way to damage them. It’s pathetic!
Of course, the real problem with Democrat identity politics is how obviously untrue all their claims are. The 52 per cent of white women who voted for Donald Trump are not sexists. The 33 per cent of Hispanic males who voted for Trump are not racists.
And, whisper it, even the straight white males who voted for Trump aren’t racists or sexists either — just terrified of the Democrats and their plans for the country. Sounds like they’re in the majority.
Hillary Clinton was rejected soundly by America, but instead of changing course, the Democrats and their media allies are intent on telling Americans just how terrible they are for embracing Donald Trump.
Left-wing celebrities should take some notes from this election cycle and be a little less hysterical. And maybe, I dunno, fuck off out of public life unless they’re promoting another comic book adaptation.
Lena Dunham is the prime suspect here, but an honourable mention must also go to Miley Cyrus for being the first sobbing celeb to put her “cry-in” on the internet.
Meanwhile, Sir Patrick Stewart set phasers to hyperbole, arguing that Trump is “one of the worst things to happen in the last 100 years,” apparently forgetting individuals like Stalin, Mao and Hitler.
Apparently these deluded Hollywood Democrats are planning to keep us away from the voting booths next time with strained sides and jaw contusions.
As expected, most celebrities who vowed to leave the country are pulling those promises back. Some are saying it was a joke, but I’m personally surprised none are claiming they were hacked.
Also, why did all of them plan to move to Canada, New Zealand or Australia? I thought they hated capitalism and white Anglo-American patriarchy? They should surely move to a socialist paradise like Venezuela, or a vibrant, exotic country like Pakistan. Anywhere but a capitalist, English-speaking country!
It makes no sense!
The Left did all this, of course, by pandering to people like Dunham — who is electoral kryptonite. The more America sees of people like her, the less likely it is that the Democrats will ever win another election. Instead of saying, GET OFF OUR TV SCREENS YOU HIDEOUS MAN-HATING DYKE, liberal America worshipped Dunham, thrilled by her “edgy” hatred of white people, with absolutely predictable results.
One celebrity must be called out for extra-special attention: Joss Whedon, who is actually calling for an overthrow of the government:
“This is simple: Trump cannot CANNOT be allowed a term in office. It’s not about 2018. It’s about RIGHT NOW”
Joss is an amazing guy. No matter how often he gets knocked around by leftists, he comes back begging for more. I documented this in the past, but Joss remains the gift that keeps on giving.
So what is the future for anti-Trump celebrities? They will stay famous, and keep making millions. But as they become increasingly frantic in their opposition to Trump, they will wear out their welcome.
The media threw everything they had at Donald Trump, and none of it worked. None of it! Every slimy tactic they’ve developed since the TV camera was invented and the first newspaper rolled off the printing presses was deployed, and it comprehensively failed.
Between Wikileaks’ exposure of collusion between the media and the Clinton campaign, and the shockingly biased coverage of Hillary’s race with Bernie and later with Trump, the media has been disgraced. You don’t have to believe me: read leftist Ken Silverstein’s brutal takedown of the entire industry, published shortly before the election.
Or browse the Twitter timeline of Michael Tracey, a former Vice reporter who refused to back Hillary after she defeated Bernie Sanders, and spent the rest of the election highlighting the media’s failure to fully grasp the Trump phenomenon.
Despite being one of the only lefties to get it right, Vice fired him shortly after the election — for being too mean to Lena Dunham!
The media is already shocked to learn that the Trump administration will not coddle them, and access to the Trump White House will not be automatic for journalists who are practically on the DNC payroll.
Donald Trump can take his message directly to the people via rallies and addresses carried over social media. I’d call them updated versions of Roosevelt’s fireside chats, but a portion of my younger readership doesn’t even know what a radio is thanks to a Democrat-run education system.
Trump understands the media business better than the media themselves, except for us here at Breitbart, which is why he ran circles around them throughout the entire campaign. The dirty little secret the media doesn’t want to admit is that Trump generates such good content that they can’t help covering him even when they hate him.
By the way, I have the same effect. Look up some of the interviews done by outlets that loathe me. In true MILO fashion, I will link you to my current favorite.
Trump means an American government that will serve the people, and be rooted in common sense. We’ve already learned that Daddy will restore the bust of Churchill to its rightful place in the Oval Office, fixing an early injustice by President Obama.
Trump will take a $1 salary as President, and in his first week as President-elect has Canada and Mexico agreeing to revisit NAFTA and Russia agreeing to not stage a nuclear war. Not bad for a first week on the job.
If Donald Trump stays true to his campaign promises, and all evidence points to him doing so, his basket of deplorables has the opportunity to leave a lasting mark on America not only in its governmental institutions like the supreme court, but also culturally.
Conservative students and free-speech activists will no longer suffer recriminations on American campuses if emboldened Trump supporters continue to push beyond the presidency and into culture.
What Trump means for us is that we’ve won the first battle. At a minimum, he’s a necessary course correction from the excesses of the social justice left. At most, he’s the saviour of the First and Second Amendments, protector of the Supreme Court and champion of the little guy. In other words: just what America needed.
And the Left can pull out its hair, stomp its feet and throw out bogus allegations of racism, sexism and whatever else as long as it likes. The forces of good have prevailed.