A few recent headlines, most from The Hill:
“Trump on report that Flynn talked sanctions with Russia: ‘I don’t know about that’” – Guess he did decide to skip the daily intel briefings—and it apparently hasn’t come up yet on Morning Joe.
Bush-appointed “FEC commissioner to Trump: Show evidence of voter fraud” – from the story:
“The President has issued an extraordinarily serious and specific charge,” added Weintraub, who was appointed by former President George W. Bush. “Allegations of this magnitude cannot be ignored.”“I therefore call upon President Trump to immediately share his evidence with the public and with the appropriate law-enforcement authorities so that his allegations may be investigated promptly and thoroughly.”
“WH denies report that it’s interviewing for press secretary” – starts:
The Washingtonian reported Friday that a candidate has been interviewed to serve as President Trump’s press secretary, but the White House is denying the report.
Carl Higbie, a close associate of President Trump’s family and a former Navy SEAL, reportedly interviewed for the position Thursday.
The Washingtonian said it confirmed Higbie’s interview with two senior Trump administration officials, but he would not verify it himself during a Friday phone call with the outlet.
A White House spokesman said there is no truth to the report. . .
Would the White House lie? Of course it would: it has, and repeatedly. (Giant crowds, anyone?) And lied in a delusional way, though Jeet Heer in the New Republic points out that finding out who will accept and repeat big lies selects for those with the greatest Respect of Authority and Ingroup Loyalty, to use Haidt’s classification from a post or two prior in the blog.
Those highest in those characteristics would find an authoritarian system pleasant, so long as they are the authorities and not the outcasts/dissenters, who are impure.
So Trump is identifying his shock troops. It’s interesting to note that our increasingly paramilitary police are very high on Respect for Authority and Ingroup Loyalty in general and Trump in particular.
It seems that those high in Authority and Loyalty are a minority, but a fairly sizeable one. They will feel at home in an authoritarian system and will protect it against dissenters. And I would guess these are the core Trump supporters, undoubtedly a much smaller number of Trump voters (some of whom clearly were simply voting against Clinton and didn’t think much of Trump)—say the true core, which accepts the lies and thus passes the hazing ritual and can feel comfortable knowing that it’s safe, being with these other lie-accepters, being a loyal part of an in-group and showing respect for authority by unquestionably believing what it says. How many, would you guess? 22-26 million I would guess, though certainly not all would get involved in any messiness. Most would simply support the new order and go along with it because it matches their predilections.
“Trump taunts Dems for letting ‘Pocahontas’ Warren become ‘face of your party‘” – and not in a press briefing, but to their faces:
President Trump reportedly mocked Democrats in a meeting with senators this week for allowing Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) become the face of their party.
“Pocahontas is now the face of your party,” Trump said in the meeting, sources told CNN.
Trump frequently called Warren “Pocahontas” as an insult on the campaign trail, mocking her for previously talking about having a distant Native American ancestry. . .
This is where I started to think “breakdown.”