I agree with much that has been said, and this is a good conversation.
The thing about Trump that I wonder most about is how and why his original supporters can justify continuing to support him even though by now they cannot deny Trump is breaking campaign promises right and left. But in spite of that Trump's middle class and poor supporters continue to support him, rationalizing that somehow their hero knows what he is doing and that it is in their best interests.
We know, of course, that Trump serves in his own interests first, and then in the interests of other billionaires and powerful people who he respects. We also know that Trump's political ideology is deeply influenced and formulated by Bannon's, and that their goal is the destruction of the administrative state.
Because of that goal, it doesn't matter to them how much chaos there is. In fact, they create it deliberately, and there is a good reason why.
Trump's outlandish and outrageous statements are designed to misdirect attention away from more important issues, and we should understand the methodology of it. In Naomi Klein's "Shock Docrtrine," she explains how and why fascists and despots indulge in it, either to exploit the chaos and confusion generated by a national crises to push through controversial policies while citizens are too emotionally and physically distracted by disasters or upheavals to mount an effective resistance, or to deliberately create a shock event, such as Trump continues to do to distract people from real issues.
A "shock event," as Political History Professor at Boston College, Heather Cox Richardson, explains in a Facebook Post, "is unexpected and confusing and throws a society into chaos. People scramble to react to the event, usually along some fault line that those responsible for the event can widen by claiming that they alone know how to restore order. When opponents speak out, the authors of the shock event call them enemies. As society reels and tempers run high, those responsible for the shock event perform a sleight of hand to achieve their real goal, a goal they know to be hugely unpopular, but from which everyone has been distracted as they fight over the initial event "
Richardson says, "My point today is this: unless you are the person setting it up, it is in no one's interest to play the shock event game. It is designed explicitly to divide people who might otherwise come together so they cannot stand against something its authors think they won't like. . There is no longer concerted opposition to the real goal; opposition divides along the partisan lines established by the shock event." Furthermore, Richardson says "If people realize they are being played, though, they can reach across old lines and reorganize to challenge the leaders who are pulling the strings."
Our task, therefore, is to help people understand why Trump and Bannon are doing this, so that their strategy becomes less affective. For all Americans need to understand why they want to rule, and why they are working so hard behind the scenes to dismantle our government
Oh, and by the way, of course not all of Trump's lies are part of that "shock" strategy. In fact, most of Trump's lies are indeed "natural" since during most of his life he has been surrounded by those who served his interests and agreed with everything he said. Therefore Trump is quite used to being able to tell lies with impunity and get away with it. But all lies are eventually exposed. Eventually Trump will be completely exposed and put in his place.