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    What Motivates a Trump Supporter and Can Appeal to their Sense of Right and Wrong?

    Interesting article. Really gets to the heart of what motivates those who support trump and gives little hope for others to burst their hate bubble. I think the articles very inciteful!

    Trump voters are selfish: They love him because they identify with him | Salon.com

    Trump's Republican and conservative supporters share the following attributes:

    They are more likely to be authoritarians and to embrace other extreme right-wing ideologies.

    They are racially resentful and hostile to nonwhites. This attitude is especially pronounced towards African-Americans.

    They exhibit forms of toxic behavior associated with "collective narcissism."

    They believe that white people are the real victims of racism in America.

    They are political bullies who engage in social dominance behavior against individuals and groups they view as Other (nonwhites and immigrants, Muslims, gays and lesbians) or their political enemies (liberals and progressives).

    They hold sexist and misogynistic views.

    Trump's most extreme and enthusiastic supporters in the "alt-right" feature the "dark triad" of personality traits: narcissism, a propensity for violence, and a Machiavellian longing to manipulate others.

    They have little regard for America's democratic norms and institutions and believe that winning at costs is all that matters -- even if that means siding with a foreign power such as Russia to elect Donald Trump

    They live in regions of the United States where people are more likely to be unhappy, miserable and physically unwell and to suffer from the "deaths of despair."

    They are attracted to Trump's threats of violence and his other antisocial behavior.

    They are anti-intellectual, disdainful of higher education and hostile towards experts.

    They possess a deep fear of death and social obsolescence which compels them towards "strong leaders," guns, superficial expressions of patriotism and Christian fundamentalism

    They are extremely gullible and thus vulnerable to disinformation and other lies, as disseminated through the right-wing media.

    They seek simple answers to complex problems and are quick to reject new and inconvenient information.
    Either directly or indirectly, they want to hurt others whom they consider "un-American" or outside their tribe and community
    I think these attributes exist with most conservatives as well.
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    Re: What Motivates a Trump Supporter and Can Appeal to their Sense of Right and Wrong?

    This is not new, anyone who didn't support trump recognized this not long after he opened his mouth for his first attacks on the criminals, murderers, gang members, ms13, rapists, drug dealers and some good people, like the ones holding the torches chanting jews will not replace us. Fine upstanding folks, if it hadn't been for those damn liberals there wouldn't have been any violence. After all, it came from both sides.

    Republicans are the problem, not both sides. There is no sense of right and wrong, the right are all victims just like trump where everything is rigged against him and even with those odds, he still manages to 'win'. Willful ignorance.
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    The article is largely correct. Deplorables sought out somebody who they figured was just like them.... someone who was bigoted like they are ..... someone with the same prejudices as they hold .... somebody who believes in the same delusional alternate reality that they subscribe to. Trump gave the deplorable a sort of license to come from out under the rock and strut their hateful stuff in daylight among decent people and pretend they are decent human beings like everybody else.

    The concluding findings are most insightful

    There is nothing "normal" about Trump's political movement or his voters. This moment is a perilous outlier in modern American history. The country's democracy and future are in peril.

    In total, Trump's voters are in a political, symbolic and emotionally transactional relationship with him and the Republican Party. Ultimately, Trump is likely to be re-elected in 2020 if his supporters are understood to be "innocents" who were somehow tricked into supporting him.

    Donald Trump has agency. His voters have agency. Together they have chosen a path that may bring lasting ruin to American society.
    I have been saying it for two years now - Trump represents the greatest threat to America and our people in the last three-quarters of a century. He must be removed from office by any legal means necessary ASAP.
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    Re: What Motivates a Trump Supporter and Can Appeal to their Sense of Right and Wrong?

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    Re: What Motivates a Trump Supporter and Can Appeal to their Sense of Right and Wrong?

    What strikes me most about this kind of thing is how similar it is to the propaganda aimed at German citizens regarding Jews in the 30s. Add in the occasional poster who mentions how America would be better off if Trump supporters were all dead and the similarities become even more stark.

    This kind of thing is designed to dehumanize a given human objective. It's why "pro-choice" people refer to pre-natal babies only in strict medical terms or, in some cases, as "an existential threat that only gets worse as it grows". It's a method of rationalizing the atrocity which either just occurred or is expected to soon follow the comment.

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    Re: What Motivates a Trump Supporter and Can Appeal to their Sense of Right and Wrong?

    Huh. Inciteful, or insightful? I'm going with the former.

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    Re: What Motivates a Trump Supporter and Can Appeal to their Sense of Right and Wrong?

    Quote Originally Posted by lurchadams View Post
    Interesting article. Really gets to the heart of what motivates those who support trump and gives little hope for others to burst their hate bubble. I think the articles very inciteful!

    Trump voters are selfish: They love him because they identify with him | Salon.com



    I think these attributes exist with most conservatives as well.
    This is a crap article. But then again, that's pretty much the only thing that comes out of Salon. This is just a bunch of ridiculous generalizations. For example, my dad is a MAGA supporter, although he's not as vocal about it as some people are. My dad is none of that crap. He's a good person, who I just happen to disagree with politically.

    I think we need to stop with the blanket generalizations of large swaths of people. It's silly.
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    Re: What Motivates a Trump Supporter and Can Appeal to their Sense of Right and Wrong?

    Power motivates them, just like power motivates Democrats to allow alleged rapists and racists to stay in office in Va

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    Re: What Motivates a Trump Supporter and Can Appeal to their Sense of Right and Wrong?

    Quote Originally Posted by humbolt View Post
    Huh. Inciteful, or insightful? I'm going with the former.
    More like insightfully stupid.
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    Re: What Motivates a Trump Supporter and Can Appeal to their Sense of Right and Wrong?

    Quote Originally Posted by Lutherf View Post
    What strikes me most about this kind of thing is how similar it is to the propaganda aimed at German citizens regarding Jews in the 30s. Add in the occasional poster who mentions how America would be better off if Trump supporters were all dead and the similarities become even more stark.

    This kind of thing is designed to dehumanize a given human objective. It's why "pro-choice" people refer to pre-natal babies only in strict medical terms or, in some cases, as "an existential threat that only gets worse as it grows". It's a method of rationalizing the atrocity which either just occurred or is expected to soon follow the comment.
    I see your point that there is a lot in common with the anti-Jewish movement in Germany in the Thirties and the Trumpkins of today.
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