Is “America Great Again” after nearly 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 consistently lies about something: 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 puts it 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] that one is [incapable of understanding complex issues]. This includes political judgment: These people cannot be reached because they mistakenly believe they are correct [without any use of logic, inferential and divergent thinking, analysis, synthesis, common sense, evidence and facts].”
But then, some people support him because of their own selfish greed. Why would they vote for him again? “It’s the economy” is usually their rejoinder. Of course, these people do not care about millions of people who are suffering while he continues to abet wealthy Americans and Wall Street CEO’s. There is an obvious distinction between the success of Wall Street and the failure of main street. One just needs to delve into America’s unemployment crisis and to visit food pantries and homeless shelters since he was suspiciously elected. As long as the stock market remains overvalued, they will support him despite his criminal and treacherous behavior.
On the other hand, there are people who support him and choose to ignore 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 own divisiveness, instability, impetuousness, insecurity, xenophobia, racism and fear….