These people are responding to their own fears, much as they did when Ronald Reagan referred to the Soviet Union as "The Evil Empire". They felt then as they do now, out of fear, that the obvious should not be spoken out loud.
Making losers feel like winners is a familiar concept in Las Vegas and elsewhere because it influences that part of the brain which defines happiness on terms not related to reality. It's a concept that has been studied for over 100 years, and quite familiar to the Communists and Nazis, and most likely the Fascists as well.
Can't we just turn Congress off and then turn it back on again?
You know the time is right to take control, we gotta take offense against the status quo
Originally Posted by A. de Tocqueville