Wednesday, November 11, 2020

Unconditional emotional support for Trump

Montana's Republican Secretary of State Corey Stapleton tweeted to President Trump yesterday: "Tip your hat, bite your lip, and congratulate Joe Biden." While most of the responses are positive,  several are from Trump supporters. One says "Montana will be replacing you" in the next election. Another tweet calls Stapleton a "TRAITOR / RINO": a "Republican in Name Only". For these Trump supporters, then, a Republican must support Trump unconditionally. And one more tweet says that "71,000,000 of us feel otherwise". So that support is a matter of feeling, not thinking. Trump's groundless challenges to the election are less to overturn the results than to foster such unconditional emotional support for him. (Andrew Shields, #111words, 11 November)

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