Monday, July 26, 2021

Candidates, feelings, and facts: Rewatching a 2016 Last Week Tonight clip on the Republican National Convention

In my Facebook Memories today is a 25 July 2016 clip from John Oliver's "Last Week Tonight" on that year's Republican National Convention. It includes statements from a Newt Gingrich interview with CNN's Alisyn Camerota, which Oliver summarizes as a syllogism: "Candidates can create feelings" and "Feelings = facts", so "Candidates can create facts." This not only summarized Trump's presidential campaign but also forecast many things about his presidency, especially how he and his enablers have weaponized the 2020 election and the supposed need to combat "voter fraud": they create feelings in their supporters and then campaign and govern as if those feelings were based on facts about the real world. (Andrew Shields, #111words, 26 July 2021)


Screenshot from linked video of "Last Week Tonight"

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