Or Scott Adams is a genius.
Finding this (or something similar) became important after quickly skimming through an article titled Al Franken: The Obvious Setup and Liberals Took the Bait recommended by an acquaintance. Why quickly? Well, the first paragraph is the tell:
With all of the sleazy, disgusting and lurid sexual problems that seem to be a part of the Republican official’s way of life, it was only a matter of time before there was a lash back against a Democrat. This is not to say that there aren’t any liberals that are never part of this mix, it’s just that the overtly religious doctrine that conservatives follow does lend to repressed sexual conditions.
Yikes. And that’s when an inspiration percolated up. The author and the recommend-er are nuts. No, actually they’re hallucinating – the topic of that first link above.
This brings me to the anti-Trump protests. The protesters look as though they are protesting Trump, but they are not. They are locked in an imaginary world and battling their own hallucinations of the future. Here’s the setup that triggered them.
1. They believe they are smart and well-informed.
2. Their good judgement told them Trump is OBVIOUSLY the next Hitler, or something similarly bad.
3. Half of the voters of the United States – including a lot of smart people – voted Trump into office anyway.
Those “facts” can’t be reconciled in the minds of the anti-Trumpers. Mentally, something has to give. That’s where cognitive dissonance comes in.
So how do you explain-away Trump’s election if you think you are smart and you think you are well-informed and you think Trump is OBVIOUSLY a monster?
You solve for that incongruity by hallucinating – literally – that Trump supporters KNOW Trump is a monster and they PREFER the monster. In this hallucination, the KKK is not a nutty fringe group but rather a symbol of how all Trump supporters must feel.
In another post, Scott examines various hallucinations of the left (and includes a warning or sorts to the right). He also mentions, to his credit, that the hallucination theory needs to be combined with the realization that some people are simply cynical political tricksters (see, for example, Harry Reid is proud he lied about Mitt Romney’s taxes).