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Jeremy W. Peters, New York Times, May 17, 2017:
The Right Builds an Alternative Narrative About the Crises Around Trump
We've discussed the antics of the "Alt-Right" in other threads, but I couldn't find them as we have a tendency to get off topic so quickly. So apologies for starting a new thread on something we have already discussed. I do appreciate Peters article in the New York Times, as I have delved into the mindsets of the die-hard Trump supporters who with the help of Fox News and conspiracy theorist, Alex Jones, have constructed an alternative narrative.
As Peters writes of the Trump supporter beliefs, "Enemies [of Trump] from within have launched a “deep-state” smear campaign, news organizations are acting with ulterior motives, and the worst attacks are yet to come. Pushing back against the biggest threat so far to Donald Trump’s young presidency, his most fervent supporters are building alternative narratives to run alongside the “establishment” media account — from relatively benign diversions to more bizarre conspiracies."
Trump himself has again and again pushed the narrative that he is the "victim of sabotage by an adversarial intelligence community full of Trojan horse holdovers from the Obama administration." Allegations against Trump are called Fake News and invariably the topic is shifted to Hillary Clinton or Obama. Peters explains:
"Trump supporters “see the news media and the establishment as one of those airlines dragging them down the aisle, bloodying them,” said Alex Castellanos, a Republican strategist, who said that Mr. Trump’s foes often fail to understand how their criticism can backfire. “And when they assault him, it validates the idea that he’s the only thing there to protect us from them.”
The upshot is that it has been effective in holding Trump's base. Gallop polls show that among Republicans, Trump's approval remains strong at 84 percent, despite all the revelations against Trump, many of them self-inflicted. This is why I read books and articles by psychologists and cognitive scientists.
The scary thing is that it is not new. Fascism is not new. Trump is in power and "we the people" elected him.