May 20, 2020 04:01PM
I just found this somewhere... followed it to FB, and thought I would post it here... We all think alike... unlike our FB "friends"... Andrew Simpson May 18 at 5:41 PM
Every once in a while, when Trump says something particularly crazy, I fall into a pretty common trap of thinking that eventually people will come around and see he's full of shit.
That doesn't last long, because I know a secret that I'm going to tell you here in a minute.
Today the president announced to reporters that he was taking the anti-malarial drug hydroxychloroquine — you know, the pills that have already killed at least one guy and been proven to cause serious issues in people with heart problems. He went on to say that doctors who warn against taking the drug preventatively for COVID-related illness should be ignored because they're "probably Democrats."
He's not taking it, of course. He's not for the same reason that the Fox News hosts who are helping covidiots DEMAND that the world resume — that the TGI Friday's chain unshutters their venerable houses of jalapeño poppers and Long Island Iced Teas — are themselves working from home and planning to do so for at least another month.
Why say it? By linking the (safe) advice to NOT take the drug to "probably Democrats" he ensures that his voters will WANT to take it just like him, only he's not, and they'll die.
The answer is actually simple, and it's part of what I want you guys to understand about not just Trump himself, but also why Trump voters will always be Trump voters.
Maybe you don't quite know what a narcissist is.
A narcissist isn't just someone who thinks highly of themselves, or it would be limited to those who had a reason to. It would be something more akin to conceit or arrogance or pride, but it's not.
Narcissism requires irrational thought: You are not just great, you are superior to others in such a way that you feel like others are almost alien, they're so unlike you, and that you have a claim on some sort of privilege that others don't (and shouldn't) have, and that others are always looking for a way to gain the advantages you have or to unseat you from your position of superiority.
Narcissism, therefore, is not just the conceit of good looks or the arrogance of intelligence, but almost an ongoing thesis of your own superiority — a SET of beliefs that inform your very existence.
But maybe you don't know what a white supremacist is, either.
A white supremacist isn't just someone who says the n-word, or it would be limited to cruel, uncouth loudmouths who like to "stir the pot," as it were. It would be something more akin to mean-spiritedness or revenge-seeking or the error of uncorrected upbringing, but it's not.
White supremacy requires irrational thought: You are not just great, you are superior to others in such a way that you feel like others are almost alien, they're so unlike you, and that you have a claim on some sort of privilege that others don't (and shouldn't) have, and that others are always looking for a way to gain the advantages you have or to unseat you from your position of superiority.
Did you catch that copy and paste?
Narcissism and white supremacy aren't identical, of course, nor would I even remotely erase the experiences of either POC who have suffered at the hands of white supremacists or abuse victims ravaged by narcissism.
Each is felt by their purveyors as an embodiment of their relative position to others. It can't be reduced to hate or arrogance because each is manifested as a general sense of one's relative position in society and the entitlement to a better position than others.
Narcissism is not just the guy who one-ups all of your anecdotes any more than white supremacy is only people who would totally be okay with slavery if it existed right now. Each is far more personal, intense, and pervasive than those simple explanations.
Narcissists and racists ride parallel lines in a lot of ways: Each has no empathy for those outside the group they deem superior (the self or whites), each sees themselves as exempt from rules that should only apply to others, each believes that they are entitled to admiration without objective merit — the narcissist thinks you should also believe they are superior, and the white supremacist believes that whites should get the most, and most positive, representation in the media and among their social groups.
Each sociopathy is accompanied by gaslighting and the minimization of the abuser's effect on others: Both the racist and the narcissist must continue to believe that you also believe as they do in their superiority, or the illusion — delusion — that holds it all together is gone.
So. All of that describes Trump and also a good portion of his supporters, who are far more numerous than you're even admitting to yourself RIGHT NOW, even though I'm pointing it out and you just read a great description of them.
But why won't they turn away? Well, part of it is the delusions of narcissism and racism — some of his base, too much of it, actually is like him and they honor and glorify the self that they see in his overt, open cruelty.
Others, unfortunately, are victims of a similar but less harmful but still freaking harmful mindset that just wants to be doing better than other people, relatively speaking.
There have, of course, been studies that showed a tremendous number of people, when polled, would rather make $50,000 a year if everyone else made $30,000 than to make $100,000 if everyone else was making $200,000. Objectively they would make more with the 100K salary, but they would take HALF that pay in order to be making more than everyone else.
Following Trump doesn't threaten his voters' relative position in society. He tells them every day they deserve it and are superior to everyone else, that literally no one else is to even be TRUSTED.
That's the kind of emotional and psychological reassurance that merely seeing him botch a response to a pandemic won't break. His awful behavior every single day isn't just not enough to make them think rationally and "come around" like liberals think they might — it's the incontrovertible proof that someone who objectively is not superior to anyone can not only be president but live out the narcissist's and racist's dream: Unmitigated access to advantages and privilege that no one else gets, with no repercussions. Absolute authority of your own beliefs.
Trump literally COULD shoot someone in the middle of 5th Avenue and not lose these voters. He owns them now. It's time to stop telling ourselves that reason will prevail, because his followers are completely irrational.
Don't walk ahead of me, I might not follow. Don't walk behind me, I may not want to lead. Just walk beside me & be my friend.
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