Trump's followers love it when he lies and fights—because they understand that the lies destroy.
To understand, I recommend: ”The Authentic Appeal of the Lying Demagogue: Proclaiming the Deeper Truth about Political Illegitimacy"
1/ Scholars Hahl, Kim, and Sivan explain that those who want to destroy the “political establishment” willingly embrace a liar because they understand that the lies destroy.
Why do Trump’s supporters want to destroy the “political establishment?”
2/ Because, according to the authors, they don’t think the political establishment governs on their behalf. They think the government favors “new groups” over them. This is what the authors call a crisis of legitimacy.
Trump supporters believe they are the “real” people.
3/ When a demagogue lies in a clear attempt to shatter the political establishment and represent THEM, they think he’s “authentic” and telling a certain kind of truth— even they know he is literally lying.
4/ This is what Sarah Sanders meant when she said the lies point out an important truth.
Example of a lie: “Obama was born in Africa.”
Trump Supporters think: “It might be literally false, but it is true because Obama is not one of the “real people.”
5/ So, Joe, tell me. Did you speak out against birtherism?
Did you say that Obama was secretly a Muslim?
Then you contributed to the problem. Own it.
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