There are posters who are trying to convince Trump fans that he is another Richard Nixon, and we need to have a serious debate about the best way to debrainwash them. This is not a thread about whether Trump is bad, this is a thread that goes beyond that premise, and tries to find the best way to show his fans they are gravely mistaken. It is a general thread about convincing true believers to listen and question what they believe. The thread therefore doesn’t have to be only about Trump, which is just an example, but can branch into psychology and philosophy and logic without being off topic. That is all you need to know if you want to skip the rest of my post and get to the replies. TL;DR end.
Longer post for the patient readers:
What we liberals are doing to change minds is generally not working, even if we speak the truth and sound the alarm for years. We need to discuss how to teach critical thinking to people who do not was to learn it, and we need to understand how we can resolve this without sounding so condescending that they refuse to listen to what we are trying to teach. Subversive humor can defuse tension whine making a point that stocks and is a useful strategy too. If only it were this easy to get a Trump fan to read a book so that he might change his mind:
But more seriously, I believe the best way to counter deflection about “Grab her by the pussy” to Democratic politicians they claim behaved more badly like Bill Clinton is to point out that Trump is an especially poor family man who cheated on his wife which didn’t get enough attention. Republicans that believe in family values need to be given cognitive dissonance if we are to have any influence, while we also learn to avoid inadvertently triggering the backfire effect.
We need to discuss how to debunk his business acumen, his pretense of loyalty to America and the American working/ middle class, and the pretense he is not a liar but someone who tells it as it is and can be forgiven for being coarse. We need to show he is unethical, and I think talking about how he scammed students at Trump university of their life savings, and then refused to apologize or give any compensation/refunds, instead threatening them with a costly lawsuit, is the easiest way to show his selfish character is not in the best interests of the working or aspirational class. He is not a role model for children.
Then we need to debunk the idea he is a genius who is a strategist and playing 4D chess with foreign and domestic players. We need to debunk the idea that a business man’s experience is applicable to efficiently running government. We need to debunk the idea liberals and their new sources do not need to be listened to. We need to convince the country that Trump has often been dishonest to his fan bade, and that his tweets therefore do not deserve the same credibility or freedom from skepticism as time-consuming and fair investigative reporting.
It is a matter of grave urgency because in a few years another demagogue or psychopath will have the idea try to copy Trump, and he will be more effective from learning from Trump. Many Republicans would rather have a king than a president. They like his royal proclamations, and would rather not have a leader who is held back by a committee of advisors or people he shares power with, laws, policies, and established principles.
We therefore need to convince the next generation that democracy is better than a constitutional dictatorship or monarchy, and we need to have a conversation about the most effective rhetoric out of dozens of valid speeches supported by sound facts. We need to find out how to show that Trump is corrupt, dangerous, and corrosive to democracy, and that you don’t want to elect another man like him.
Moreover faith in democracy is slipping, and we must convince them that democracy is on the whole better and more bloodless because it prevents frequent violent revolutions more than any other known system. We are in danger of forgetting that, and we are about to skip from having centuries of the Roman Republic to the centuries of the Roman dictatorship.