I loved Mythbusters. It was one of the best shows on TV, ever. In one of the original intro sequences, Adam had a sound byte where he'd say "I reject your reality and substitute my own." That's what blows me away about my Trump friends. Of my friends who support Trump, I would not characterize any of them as dumb. I tend to not hang out with dumb people. And yet, so many of them actively reject any fact that would require them to re-evaluate their support for Donald Trump. This is far beyond confirmation bias; it's the active, conscious embrace of manufactured data points that these people know are inaccurate, along with the rejection of any fact that paints Trump in a negative light. Some examples of Trump-fan logic:
- All 12 of the women claiming he sexually assaulted them are lying. Even though he's on tape saying he likes to sexually assault women in the exact manner these women are claiming he did it to them.
- Hillary Clinton has rigged the FBI. She was never charged with a crime, but [blah blah emails blah blah] so she should be in jail even though she's never been charged with, let alone convicted of, an actual crime.
- We don't know the results yet and we have no evidence to prove it, but this election is totally rigged. Unless Trump wins. If he wins, it's completely legit. If she wins, totally rigged.
- Nothing says family values like a 3rd wife.
- He's a bigot who has made derogatory comments about black people, Hispanics, the disabled, fat women, flat chested women, POWs, veterans with PTSD, but what's important are the issues, and please don't list tolerance and character among those issues.
- I know nothing about business, but his name is on a building, therefore he is a good business man. Please stop pointing out to me that he has all these bankruptcies and debts to foreign governments and that he somehow lost money running FOUR DIFFERENT Atlantic City casinos, I told you, I don't understand business but he's a total genius at it.