Was “America Great Again” after four years of Donald Trump? Maybe for millionaires and billionaires. So, why do some people still support this scoundrel? According to neuroscientist Bobby Azarian, “Some people support him out of ignorance. Basically, they are under-informed or misinformed about the issues at hand.”
Consider when he redundantly states the past election was stolen, and they simply take his word for it. This is called “The Dunning-Kruger Effect. [In other words], the problem isn’t just that they are misinformed; it’s that they are completely unaware that they are misinformed, which creates a double burden [for them]. Studies have shown that people who lack expertise in some area of knowledge often have a cognitive bias that prevents them from realizing that they lack expertise [or knowledge and intelligence].”
“As psychologist David Dunning wrote in an op-ed for Politico, ‘The knowledge and intelligence that are required to [understand an issue at hand] are often the same qualities needed to recognize that one is [unwitting] — and if one lacks such knowledge and intelligence, one remains [completely oblivious] and is [incapable of understanding complex issues]. This includes political judgment: These people cannot be reached because they mistakenly believe they are correct [without the use of logic, inferential and divergent thinking, analysis, synthesis, common sense, evidence and facts].”
Moreover, MAGA politicians support him because they want to hold on to their power despite the consequential destruction of democracy and the Constitution. And then there are people who continue to support him because of their own selfish greed. Why would they vote for him again? When he was in office, their rejoinder was usually “It’s the economy.” Of course, they did not care about millions of people who suffered while he continued to abet the American oligarchy. There was an flagrant distinction between the success of Wall Street and the failure of main street while he was in office that his followers chose to ignore.
On the other hand, there are those who support him and choose to ignore his seditious and treacherous behavior, his reprehensible ignorance, egregious incompetence, intentional maliciousness, anti-social personality disorder, pathological narcissism, psychopathic dominance, impulsivity, remorselessness, cheating and lying. One can assume they support him because of their illogic, xenophobia, fear, resentment, racism, hatred, anxiety, insecurity, credulousness, submissiveness and powerlessness….
Updated August, 2022
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