Tuesday, December 1, 2020

Trumpty Dumpty's Willing Collaborators

What's astounding is not the fact that the president has allies who echo his insistence about a rigged election. There are always those who will buy into the notion of conspiracy theories. There was  literally an industry of them surrounding the assassination of JFK. What's so daunting is the massive number of people (reputedly 70% of Republicans) who support a conspiracy theory. Trump told Fox News that the DOJ and the F.B.I. could have been in on the plot. McCarthy going against the Army was the straw that broke the camel’s back, but this particular camel turns out to be a Tyrannosaurus whose back supported as it is by his so-called base is not so easy to break. The fact that numerous Republicans including Brad Raffensperger, the Secretary of State of Georgia, have testified as to the validity of the elections and that Chris Krebs, former director of the Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Agency indicated on 60 Minutes that the President’s claims were false (“Chris Krebs Former Director of U.S. Cyber Security Agency Explains Why President Trump’s Claims of Election Interference Are False,” 60 Minutes, ll/30/20) hasn't seemed to shake things. Daniel Goldhagen wrote Hitler’s Willing Executioners: Ordinary Germans and the Holocaust in which he held German society, and not just a few aberrant individuals, to task for the Holocaust. So there's precedent for the notion that a huge percentage of a population can partake in a delusive belief, perpetuated by a charismatic leader, that brings about deadly results.

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