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 Inicia
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Posted: 2/7/2019 6:14:44 AM
Truth VS LIES

The SOTU was riddled with lies with a few half truths thrown in..........that only a Trump loving bird brain could accept.

1. The US economy growing twice as fast since Trump took office.................a LIE!...........there are only a few countries who could make that claim...........one is Poland............not the US

2. $ 250 Billion in tarriffs imposed on Chinese goods............a LIE!............the only goods that have tariffs imposed are only those made by AMERICAN companies who import them back to the US.............Chinese companies are NOT affected....................the cost of the tariffs will be passed along to the US consumer

3. Trump administration cut the most regulations................a HALF truth............the real truth is that he cut the most on Environmental regulations..............Reagan cut the most regulations

4. He created 5.3 million new jobs...of which 600K were in manufacturing...........a LIE................the real numbers are 4.9 million with 450K in manufacturing..........which is in line with what the Obama presidency did.

5. There are more people working now than at any other time............half Truth..........there is a greater number of people working because of the higher population, but percentage wise.........it has been the same

6. El Paso has a low crime rate because of the wall..................a LIE..............El Paso has always had a low crime rate even before the wall was put up..............Listen to what the mayor says

7. Caravan coming from Central America.......................Half Truth...........there is a migration but most are being given work visas by the Mexican gov't to do relief work in Mexico

8. USMCO providing billions to the UST.........................a LIE..............the USMCO has yet to be ratified by Congress, and has not produced 1 penny

9. ISIS has been defeated....................Half Truth............while ISIS has been subdued.......they are far from being defeated...............Listen to his generals and even Lindsey Graham


10. The Madura gov't has been the cause of Venezuela's economic crisis............a LIE...........there are and have been countless dictatorships and socialist countries poorer than Venezuela who have not collapsed...........the reason is widespread corruption and US pressure in attempt to topple the gov't.

11. NY lawmakers cheered when they passed late term abortions..............a LIE..............late term abortions are not legal in NY unless the mother's life is in peril............the law was passed to offset the threat of over turning of R vs W by Trump's fascist SC judges.

This is not a complete list..............but what is really disappointing is the Democratic response during the SOTU speech....................they should have gotten up in unison and chanted............YOU LIAR!!!!.....after every remark he made.............Even Abrams was too KIND in her rebuttle.

The democrats have to "grow a pair".......if they want to win!
 BaldwinMotionPhaseIII
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Posted: 2/7/2019 9:09:49 AM
"I don’t believe Rice and Powell had a personal server stashed in a closet in their homes. "

>>>true, i should have typed "they accepted confidential material on non-secure private email servers, just as HRC is accused of doing" meanwhile, elizabeth warren...sigh...she needs to go away, her 15 minutes of fame are done. trying to prove Chump's bullying was incorrect was grade school playground level mistake, and anyone who ever tried it themselves winced when chump came back with "who care? i don't care, no one cares, what are you making a big deal about it?" it was the final slap in the face, and shows she's not ready for prime time if her idea of leadership is to chase what others say. on the flip side...she could really help as a red herring to distract the GOP. they'll fall for that bait. and golly, WTF is it with Virginia? do they just want to live up to their stereotype? :)

chump did ok on the SOTU, shows he can actually behave when someone tells him what to say. of course, there was boilerplate about how he ramped things up with NK and then defused it and now its his opinion he stopped a war. but soon chump will twit something childish, and he'll be back to his old self again. maybe it'll be about his inaugeration scandal, or he'll threaten again to shut things down if the investigation doesn't end. funny how Billy C could still run a gov't and make things happen during an investigation.
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Posted: 2/12/2019 2:36:28 PM
This has to scare Trump at least a little -- and certainly if he's too insane to be scared of anything, then the GOP as a whole:

http://www.msn.com/en-us/news/politics/heres-how-trumps-approval-ratings-have-changed-in-each-state-in-the-2-years-hes-been-president/ar-BBTsSs3?ocid=ientp

Just look at all that red in the second map (2019 net approval rating) vs. the first map (Jan 2017). The dude is upside down in some of the reddest states in the union, and lost 10+ points in all of those he's not upside down in (like Wyoming and West Virginia). And less you think these polls are fake news, don't forget how the midterms we just had went.
 Million_Reasons
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Posted: 2/12/2019 5:04:47 PM
^^^Maybe you should trust what see at Trump's rallies. #Fakepolls didn't work out for you so well last time.


Buckle up....as Russiagate winds down to a very unsatisfactory conclusion for the Dems....#Fisagate is just getting started.

You (the general you) have always underestimated Trump....to your detriment. He has an uncanny sense of timing. He intuitively knows just when to "play his cards" for maximum benefit.


As an act of kindness....from someone who has sat back an watched, with objectivity, the pieces being moved in this political chess game...Howard Schultz is the only one in the game right now that could have a chance at beating Trump in 2020. I feel okay letting you in on this secret cause I know the far left extremists are the "tail wagging the dog" in the coming election so it won't make a difference. But I have it on record. ;)
 HawkingJr
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Posted: 2/13/2019 4:43:36 AM
"Maybe you should trust what see at Trump's rallies."

You're referring to Trump working up his supporters into such an anti-media frenzy that they beat up reporters? Yes, I trust my eyesight on that, indeed.

"#Fakepolls didn't work out for you so well last time."

"Last time" was the midterms -- the polls (and special election results) consistently predicted about 40 House seats flipping and the Democrats taking over, which is exactly what happened. The 3 states that put Trump over the top (Pennsylvania, Michigan and Wisconsin) plus Iowa and Kansas flipped HARD to the Democrats in the midterms. Furthermore, let's not forget, Trump lost the popular vote by either 3 million or 10 million, depending on how you look at it -- and there is no question even by his own biggest supporters that he has grown less popular since then and has picked up very few fans. Utah is the only state I see him actually picking up support compared to 2016 -- there are some Mormons who absolutely couldn't stomach him the first time around and thought he would betray religious conservatives that probably still can't stand him but are more willing to pull the lever for him, given whatever the alternative is, especially if there's no 3rd party Mormon running against him this time. All other states, he will lose support, which he absolutely cannot do in PennMichWisc (70,000 total vote victory) and win the electoral college.
 BaldwinMotionPhaseIII
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Posted: 2/14/2019 10:01:54 AM
"#Fakepolls didn't work out for you so well last time."

>>>maybe a million excuses is referring to the polls that predicted HRC was going to win the popular vote?

"You (the general you) have always underestimated Trump....to your detriment. He has an uncanny sense of timing. He intuitively knows just when to "play his cards" for maximum benefit. "

>>>yeah, that's gotta be why it took him three tries to be considered a serious presidential candidate, and not just some vanity run by a rich dude. Lucky this time Jeff Sessions stepped in to pitch him as a serious candidate to the GOP. If chump actually knew how to play his cards, he wouldn't make half the mistakes he makes. He wouldn't claim the shutdown as his own, and watch his poll numbers crumble.

funny how his apologists think he hates socialism, but during the SOTU he was talking about parental leave.
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Posted: 2/14/2019 5:35:04 PM
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So long as the Trump administration continues down this path, I highly doubt it matters what candidate the Democrats run. They could run a dog and claim it’s 35 in dog years, and still win.
You’ve made a point I was talking about somewhere else This is the problem with the GOP being so bad. And it's been a trend for a coupla decades. The Dems can get still get worse than they are now, and still be better than the GOP. So all we’ll get is a dog who’s pro-left on social issues, and be willing to cut SS and Medicare as soon as the GOP changes in the phone booth and suddenly emerges as deficit hawks as soon as that Dem dog is elected. So we’ll get another Clintonian "GOP lite” president. Honestly, I know I may take some heat for this but I’d rather have another term of Trump as long as the House (and maybe the Senate) goes Dem. Versus a corporate Dem.

But I am afraid you are right, and I can see that on the street with friends and acquaintences. Most of the are conservatives, mainly pro business, don’t care anything about social issues, even lean left on that. They hated Obama, thought he was anti-business, voted for Trump, we’ve debated politics for years, I’m the only one on the left, and NOW they are coming to me saying, “Ya know, I think I am becoming more of a Democrat!” I tell them "Go away, we don't want you"! Just pulls the Dems right.

Net net is further lurch to the right for both parties. On economic and foreign policy issues as they hide behind the “differences” of the social issues. I’ve said this before and will so again – there is very little difference between either party on economic and foreign policy issues. The largest differences are social issues.

Then we’ll back to the same ol, same ol. Rich get richer, corporations get more powerful, wars never end, middle class declines.
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Posted: 2/15/2019 11:26:18 AM
Trump declares the border wall a national emergency... and immediately admits it’s not an emergency:

“I want to do it faster. I could do the wall over a longer period of time. I didn't need to do this, but I'd rather do it much faster.”

https://thehill.com/homenews/administration/430215-trump-says-he-didnt-need-to-declare-emergency-but-wanted-faster

He’s finally gone full retard. He was warned not to do, but did it anyway. But apparently this is no act and he can’t help himself.

Nevertheless, I imagine the Supreme Court that he’s packed with cultists will look at these words and say: “Whatever, he still has the power to declare this emergency because of the way the law is written” – like they did with the travel ban. Fortunately, it could take the rest of his administration (Mueller or not) for the case to make it there – and I’m sure most Republicans don’t want them to rule that way, because it sets up the possibility of the next Democratic president doing the same thing and getting away with it, too. You reap what you sew, gentlemen.

“I’ve said this before and will so again – there is very little difference between either party on economic and foreign policy issues. The largest differences are social issues.”

That’s only recently become true, or at least appear to be true. Trump is so absurd on economic and foreign policy issues, it makes the traditional Republican and “mainstream” Democratic views look almost identical – 7 years ago, Romney and Obama seemed nothing alike, despite Romney being fairly moderate by Republican standards. Now I swear Romney and Obama are in the same party. We’ve gone from Tweedledum and Tweedledee to Tweedledum, Tweedledee and Tweedlesuperdum (Trump). You know, the key word in “progressive” is “progress.” This is the United States – the government was designed for incremental change, not radical change. We got Medicare, then Medicaid, then Obamacare, and probably pay-in-Medicare or early-join-Medicare or some other intermediate step before we get to true universal health care. That’s just the way it is. I hate to see those without good health insurance suffer as much as the next guy, but AOC and Bernie making a bunch of noise just ain’t gonna get it done in this system.
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Posted: 2/15/2019 11:53:04 AM
he is so desperate to distract from russiagate, and to have something he can put a gold nameplate on...and indeed, let's see if that conservative Supreme Court that so loves to read the Constitution literally, deal with what constitutes an actual emergency. and the GOP, who used to rail against Obama using executive powers to get around congress with Executive Orders...oh, let's see 'em have the balls to stand up to a president with a low approval rating but their voters in his pocket, and take back the power that each branch of government should have.

it was fun watching Nancy Pelosi put Chump's balls in her purse. But now, we have to consider...if anything is an emergency, what happens when a Dem wins 2020? complete gun grab, b/c its an emergency? abortions for all, b/c its an emergency? what a slippery slope McConnell is afraid to take a stand on.
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Posted: 2/15/2019 3:12:16 PM

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Trump declares the border wall a national emergency... and immediately admits it’s not an emergency:
He’s finally gone full retard. He was warned not to do, but did it anyway. But apparently this is no act and he can’t help himself.


"The Goal Of A National Emergency Is For Trump To Scam The Stupidest People In His Base For 2 More Years." - Ann Coulter

MAGA = Manipulating America's Gullible A**holes.
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Posted: 2/15/2019 5:04:25 PM
^


"The Goal Of A National Emergency Is For Trump To Scam The Stupidest People In His Base For 2 More Years." - Ann Coulter


I kind of like her other statement:

the only national emergency is that we have an idiot for a president --Ann Coulter



MAGA = Manipulating America's Gullible A**holes.


^ spot on !
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Posted: 2/16/2019 5:33:34 PM
^^ Last two posts - thank you so much for a break of gut busting humor!!!👏
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Posted: 2/18/2019 11:22:26 PM
Comrade Trump whining about SNL and Alex Baldwin again....proclaiming him an enemy of the people. Comrade Trump can't handle SNL making fun of him.

Our Toddler-In-Chief wants SNL investigated (calling for retribution and an investigation) over a sketch being too mean to him?

What a snowflake, always whining and complaining about being victimized.

Trump 2020...20 for CONSPIRACY then another 20 for TREASON.
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Posted: 2/19/2019 3:53:57 AM
Bernie just announced he is running for president.


Sen. Bernie Sanders is taking another crack at the White House, telling Vermont Public Radio that he will run for president again in 2020.

“I wanted to let the people of the state of Vermont know about this first,” Sanders told VPR’s Bob Kinzel.

He is expected to make a video announcement later Tuesday morning.

https://www.huffpost.com/entry/bernie-sanders-2020-presidential-run_n_5c0536abe4b0606a15b77659



MAGA = My Associates Getting Arrested.
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Posted: 2/19/2019 7:33:00 AM
Just what we need a president in his eighties. Not going to happen, and it shouldn't happen. Biden is too old also imho. After the lazy bum we have as president now, we need somebody with energy and new ideas.
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Posted: 2/19/2019 8:58:11 AM
I wonder what the Germans thought after world war 2 when they finally realized how evil the man they supported. Will Trump supporters be thinking the same way when it is all said and done?

https://www.psychologytoday.com/us/blog/mind-in-the-machine/201812/complete-psychological-analysis-trumps-support

Whether we want to or not, we must try to understand the Donald Trump phenomenon, as it has completely swept the nation and also fiercely divided it. What is most baffling about it all is Trump’s apparent political invincibility. As he himself said even before he won the presidential election, “I could stand in the middle of 5th Avenue and shoot somebody and I wouldn’t lose voters.” Unfortunately for the American people, this wild-sounding claim appears to be truer than not. It should also motivate us to explore the science underlying such peculiar human behavior, so we can learn from it, and potentially inoculate against it.

In all fairness, we should recognize that lying is sadly not uncommon for politicians on both sides of the political aisle, but the frequency and magnitude of the current president’s lies should have us all wondering why they haven’t destroyed his political career, and instead perhaps strengthened it. Similarly, we should be asking why his inflammatory rhetoric and numerous scandals haven’t sunk him. We are talking about a man who was caught on tape saying, “When you’re a star, they let you do it. You can do anything. Grab them by the ****.” Politically surviving that video is not normal, or anything close to it, and such a revelation would likely have been the end of Barack Obama or George Bush had it surfaced weeks before the election.

While dozens of psychologists have analyzed Trump, to explain the man’s political invincibility, it is more important to understand the minds of his staunch supporters. While various popular articles have illuminated a multitude of reasons for his unwavering support, there appears to be no comprehensive analysis that contains all of them. Since there seems to be a real demand for this information, I have tried to provide that analysis below.

Some of the explanations come from a 2017 review paper published in the Journal of Social and Political Psychology by the psychologist and UC Santa Cruz professor Thomas Pettigrew. Others have been put forth as far back as 2016, by me, in various articles and blog posts for publications like Psychology Today. A number of these were inspired by insights from psychologists like Sheldon Solomon, who laid the groundwork for the influential Terror Management Theory, and David Dunning, who did the same for the Dunning-Kruger effect.

This list will begin with the more benign reasons for Trump’s intransigent support. As the list goes on, the explanations become increasingly worrisome, and toward the end, border on the pathological. It should be strongly emphasized that not all Trump supporters are racist, mentally vulnerable, or fundamentally bad people. It can be detrimental to society when those with degrees and platforms try to demonize their political opponents or paint them as mentally ill when they are not. That being said, it is just as harmful to pretend that there are not clear psychological and neural factors that underlie much of Trump supporters’ unbridled allegiance.

The psychological phenomena described below mostly pertain to those supporters who would follow Trump off a cliff. These are the people who will stand by his side no matter what scandals come to light, or what sort of evidence for immoral and illegal behavior surfaces.

1. Practicality Trumps Morality

For some wealthy people, it’s simply a financial matter. Trump offers tax cuts for the rich and wants to do away with government regulation that gets in the way of businessmen making money, even when that regulation exists for the purpose of protecting the environment. Others, like blue-collared workers, like the fact that the president is trying to bring jobs back to America from places like China. Some people who genuinely are not racist (those who are will be discussed later) simply want stronger immigration laws because they know that a country with open borders is not sustainable. These people have put their practical concerns above their moral ones. To them, it does not make a difference if he’s a vagina-grabber, or if his campaign team colluded with Russia to help him defeat his political opponent. It is unknown whether these people are eternally bound to Trump in the way others are, but we may soon find out if the Mueller investigation is allowed to come to completion.

2. The Brain’s Attention System Is More Strongly Engaged by Trump

According to a study that monitored brain activity while participants watched 40 minutes of political ads and debate clips from the presidential candidates, Donald Trump is unique in his ability to keep the brain engaged. While Hillary Clinton could only hold attention for so long, Trump kept both attention and emotional arousal high throughout the viewing session. This pattern of activity was seen even when Trump made remarks that individuals didn’t necessarily agree with. His showmanship and simple language clearly resonate with some at a visceral level.

3. America’s Obsession with Entertainment and Celebrities

Essentially, the loyalty of Trump supporters may in part be explained by America’s addiction to entertainment and reality TV. To some, it doesn’t matter what Trump actually says because he’s so amusing to watch. With the Donald, you are always left wondering what outrageous thing he is going to say or do next. He keeps us on the edge of our seat, and for that reason, some Trump supporters will forgive anything he says. They are happy as long as they are kept entertained.

4. “Some Men Just Want to Watch the World Burn.”

Some people are supporting Trump simply to be rebellious or to introduce chaos into the political system. They may have such distaste for the establishment and democrats like Hillary Clinton that their support for Trump is a symbolic middle finger directed at Washington. These people may have other issues, like an innate desire to troll others or an obsession with schadenfreude.

5. The Fear Factor: Conservatives Are More Sensitive to Threat

Science has shown that the conservative brain has an exaggerated fear response when faced with stimuli that may be perceived as threatening. A 2008 study in the journal Science found that conservatives have a stronger physiological reaction to startling noises and graphic images compared to liberals. A brain-imaging study published in Current Biology revealed that those who lean right politically tend to have a larger amygdala — a structure that is electrically active during states of fear and anxiety. And a 2014 fMRI study found that it is possible to predict whether someone is a liberal or conservative simply by looking at their brain activity while they view threatening or disgusting images, such as mutilated bodies. Specifically, the brains of self-identified conservatives generated more activity overall in response to the disturbing images.

These brain responses are automatic and not influenced by logic or reason. As long as Trump continues to portray Muslims and Hispanic immigrants as imminent threats, many conservative brains will involuntarily light up like light bulbs being controlled by a switch. Fear keeps his followers energized and focused on safety. And when you think you’ve found your protector, you become less concerned with offensive and divisive remarks.

6. The Power of Mortality Reminders and Perceived Existential Threat

A well-supported theory from social psychology, known as Terror Management Theory, explains why Trump’s fear mongering is doubly effective. The theory is based on the fact that humans have a unique awareness of their own mortality. The inevitably of one’s death creates existential terror and anxiety that is always residing below the surface. In order to manage this terror, humans adopt cultural worldviews — like religions, political ideologies, and national identities — that act as a buffer by instilling life with meaning and value.

Terror Management Theory predicts that when people are reminded of their own mortality, which happens with fear mongering, they will more strongly defend those who share their worldviews and national or ethnic identity, and act out more aggressively towards those who do not. Hundreds of studies have supported this hypothesis, and some have specifically shown that triggering thoughts of death tends to shift people towards the right.

Not only do death reminders increase nationalism, they may influence voting habits in favor of more conservative presidential candidates. And more disturbingly, in a study with American students, scientists found that making mortality salient increased support for extreme military interventions by American forces that could kill thousands of civilians overseas. Interestingly, the effect was present only in conservatives.

By constantly emphasizing existential threat, Trump may be creating a psychological condition that makes the brain respond positively rather than negatively to bigoted statements and divisive rhetoric.

In this video, I explain this in greater detail, and offer a potential solution to the problem.


7. The Dunning-Kruger Effect: Humans Often Overestimate Their Political Expertise

Some who support Donald Trump are under-informed or misinformed about the issues at hand. When Trump tells them that crime is skyrocketing in the United States, or that the economy is the worst it’s ever been, they simply take his word for it.

The Dunning-Kruger effect explains that the problem isn’t just that they are misinformed; it’s that they are completely unaware that they are misinformed, which creates a double burden.

Studies have shown that people who lack expertise in some area of knowledge often have a cognitive bias that prevents them from realizing that they lack expertise. As psychologist David Dunning puts it in an op-ed for Politico, “The knowledge and intelligence that are required to be good at a task are often the same qualities needed to recognize that one is not good at that task — and if one lacks such knowledge and intelligence, one remains ignorant that one is not good at the task. This includes political judgment.” These people cannot be reached because they mistakenly believe they are the ones who should be reaching others.

8. Relative Deprivation — A Misguided Sense of Entitlement

Relative deprivation refers to the experience of being deprived of something to which one believes they are entitled. It is the discontent felt when one compares their position in life to others who they feel are equal or inferior but have unfairly had more success than them.

Common explanations for Trump’s popularity among non-bigoted voters involve economics. There is no doubt that some Trump supporters are simply angry that American jobs are being lost to Mexico and China, which is certainly understandable, although these loyalists often ignore the fact that some of these careers are actually being lost due to the accelerating pace of automation.

These Trump supporters are experiencing relative deprivation, and are common among the swing states like Ohio, Michigan, and Pennsylvania. This kind of deprivation is specifically referred to as “relative,” as opposed to “absolute,” because the feeling is often based on a skewed perception of what one is entitled to.

9. Lack of Exposure to Dissimilar Others

Intergroup contact refers to contact with members of groups that are outside one’s own, which has been experimentally shown to reduce prejudice. As such, it’s important to note that there is growing evidence that Trump’s white supporters have experienced significantly less contact with minorities than other Americans. For example, a 2016 study found that “…the racial and ethnic isolation of Whites at the zip-code level is one of the strongest predictors of Trump support.” This correlation persisted while controlling for dozens of other variables. In agreement with this finding, the same researchers found that support for Trump increased with the voters’ physical distance from the Mexican border. These racial biases might be more implicit than explicit, the latter which is addressed in #14.

10. Trump’s Conspiracy Theories Target the Mentally Vulnerable

While the conspiracy theory crowd — who predominantly support Donald Trump and crackpot allies like Alex Jones and the shadowy QAnon — may appear to just be an odd quirk of modern society, some of them may suffer from psychological illnesses that involve paranoia and delusions, such as schizophrenia, or are at least vulnerable to them, like those with schizotypy personalities.

The link between schizotypy and belief in conspiracy theories is well-established, and a recent study published in the journal Psychiatry Research has demonstrated that it is still very prevalent in the population. The researchers found that those who were more likely to believe in outlandish conspiracy theories, such as the idea that the U.S. government created the AIDS epidemic, consistently scored high on measures of “odd beliefs and magical thinking.” One feature of magical thinking is a tendency to make connections between things that are actually unrelated in reality.

Donald Trump and media allies target these people directly. All one has to do is visit alt-right websites and discussion boards to see the evidence for such manipulation.

11. Trump Taps into the Nation’s Collective Narcissism

Collective narcissism is an unrealistic shared belief in the greatness of one’s national group. It often occurs when a group who believes it represents the ‘true identity’ of a nation — the ‘ingroup,’ in this case White Americans — perceives itself as being disadvantaged compared to outgroups who are getting ahead of them ‘unrightfully.’ This psychological phenomenon is related to relative deprivation (#6).

A study published last year in the journal Social Psychological and Personality Science found a direct link between national collective narcissism and support for Donald Trump. This correlation was discovered by researchers at the University of Warsaw, who surveyed over 400 Americans with a series of questionnaires about political and social beliefs. Where individual narcissism causes aggressiveness toward other individuals, collective narcissism involves negative attitudes and aggression toward ‘outsider’ groups (outgroups), who are perceived as threats.

Donald Trump exacerbates collective narcissism with his anti-immigrant, anti-elitist, and strongly nationalistic rhetoric. By referring to his supporters, an overwhelmingly white group, as being “true patriots” or “real Americans,” he promotes a brand of populism that is the epitome of “identity politics,” a term that is usually associated with the political left. Left-wing identity politics, as misguided as they may sometimes be, are generally aimed at achieving equality, while the right-wing brand is based on a belief that one nationality or race is superior or entitled to success and wealth for no other reason than identity.

12. The Desire to Want to Dominate Others

Social dominance orientation (SDO) — which is distinct from but related to authoritarian personality (#13) — refers to people who have a preference for the societal hierarchy of groups, specifically with a structure in which the high-status groups have dominance over the low-status ones. Those with SDO are typically dominant, tough-minded, and driven by self-interest.

In Trump’s speeches, he appeals to those with SDO by repeatedly making a clear distinction between groups that have a generally higher status in society (White), and those groups that are typically thought of as belonging to a lower status (immigrants and minorities). A 2016 survey study of 406 American adults published last year in the journal Personality and Individual Differences found that those who scored high on both SDO and authoritarianism were more likely to vote for Trump in the election.

13. Authoritarian Personality

Authoritarianism refers to the advocacy or enforcement of strict obedience to authority at the expense of personal freedom, and is commonly associated with a lack of concern for the opinions or needs of others. Authoritarian personality is characterized by belief in total and complete obedience to authority. Those with this personality often display aggression toward outgroup members, submissiveness to authority, resistance to new experiences, and a rigid hierarchical view of society. Authoritarianism is often triggered by fear, making it easy for leaders who exaggerate threat or fear monger to gain their allegiance.

Although authoritarian personality is found among liberals, it is more common among the right-wing around the world. President Trump’s speeches, which are laced with absolutist terms like “losers” and “complete disasters,” are naturally appealing to those with such a personality.

While research showed that Republican voters in the U.S. scored higher than Democrats on measures of authoritarianism before Trump emerged on the political scene, a 2016 Politico survey found that high authoritarians greatly favored then-candidate Trump, which led to a correct prediction that he would win the election, despite the polls saying otherwise.

14. Racism and Bigotry

It would be grossly unfair and inaccurate to say that every one of Trump’s supporters have prejudice against ethnic and religious minorities, but it would be equally inaccurate to say that few do. The Republican party, going at least as far back to Richard Nixon’s “southern strategy,” has historically used tactics that appealed to bigotry, such as lacing speeches with “dog whistles” — code words that signaled prejudice toward minorities that were designed to be heard by racists but no one else.

While the dog whistles of the past were subtler, Trump’s signaling is sometimes shockingly direct. There’s no denying that he routinely appeals to racist and bigoted supporters when he calls Muslims “dangerous” and Mexican immigrants “rapists” and “murderers,” often in a blanketed fashion. Perhaps unsurprisingly, a recent study has shown that support for Trump is correlated with a standard scale of modern racism.

This article was originally published at Raw Story.
 BaldwinMotionPhaseIII
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leave it to unbalanced Chump to bounce a check and balance
Posted: 2/19/2019 11:18:30 AM
so, as if there weren't enough facts to prove there's no emergency, Chump says he really doesn't have to do this. which just proves he actually isn't a smart person who always says the right thing at the right time to trick everyone. he's just a fool supported by other fools. And then there's the GOP, who once again will show they deserve no role in leadership, as they refuse to fight for congress' constitutional right of the purse. maybe, once again...it will be up the Democrats to save the American political process from yet another GOP power grab.

it is nice to see how many lawsuits there are--firm reminder that Chump's views are in the minority. in case you forgot how low his poll numbers are.

one thing i will say about a Green New Deal...if they got rid of airlines, there'd be no more 9/11's. less need for TSA before you got on a 200mph bullet train. no snow storms in chicago or other hubs screwing up holiday travel plans. kids would ask what "flyover state" means.

but there still could be some jerkoff passing off who-knows-what as their emotional support animal.
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Will President Elect Donald Trump Last The Full 4 Years?
Posted: 2/19/2019 11:16:36 PM

it is nice to see how many lawsuits there are--firm reminder that Chump's views are in the minority. in case you forgot how low his poll numbers are.


Another day, another scandal in the Comrade Trump administration.

Trump 2020....20 for CONSPIRACY then another 20 for TREASON.


Fox News Legal Analyst Says Trump Implicated In 2 Specific Crimes In New Report

Andrew Napolitano says a bombshell New York Times report could be big trouble for the president.

Fox News judicial analyst Andrew Napolitano said that if a bombshell new report in The New York Times is accurate, President Donald Trump could be implicated in two crimes.

The newspaper reported Tuesday that the president called Acting Attorney General Matthew Whitaker to ask if a federal prosecutor perceived as an ally could be put in charge of the investigation into Michael Cohen, Trump’s longtime personal attorney.

U.S. Attorney Geoffrey Berman of the Southern District of New York, a donor to Trump’s campaign who was given the job by Trump, had previously been recused from the investigation because of his links to the president.

Trump dismissed the report as “fake news,” but Napolitano said it could spell trouble for the president if it turns out to be true.

“If the Times reporting is accurate, the phone call would be evidence of what?” Fox News anchor Shepard Smith asked.

“Corrupt intent,” Napolitano replied. “That is an effort to use the levers of power of the government for a corrupt purpose: to deflect an investigation into himself or his allies.”

https://www.huffpost.com/entry/andrew-napolitano-donald-trump-criminal-intent_n_5c6cd373e4b0f40774c9fa33
 platitude545
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Posted: 2/20/2019 8:28:40 AM
LittleRedRider post 8393



wonder if she knows that not only did the jews have Jesus Christ crucified...
but a jew also poisoned the prophet Mohammed!

Zeynad bint Al-Harith

strange that so many folks now don't recognize those tidbits of history.
maybe that has something to do with modern antisemitism?


KJ question for you...if you are still befriending, taking pity on Little Red Rider/screwedup&8/hopelesshunk....the question is why?
 platitude545
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Posted: 2/20/2019 8:29:09 AM
LittleRedRider post 8323


wonder if she knows that not only did the jews have Jesus Christ crucified...
but a jew also poisoned the prophet Mohammed!

Zeynad bint Al-Harith

strange that so many folks now don't recognize those tidbits of history.
maybe that has something to do with modern antisemitism?


KJ question for you...if you are still befriending, taking pity on Little Red Rider/screwedup&8/hopelesshunk....the question is why?
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