Why Do They (Still) Follow Donald Trump? Fear and Authority

Why Do They (Still) Follow Donald Trump? Fear and Authority


"A recent article has pinpointed the one unique personality trait that predicts whether or not someone will support “the Donald.” In his research, which sampled 1800 voters across the country, Matthew MacWilliams discovered, that a 'single statistically significant variable predicts whether a voter supports Trump—and it’s not race, income or education levels: It’s authoritarianism..'"

Kyle Roberts


"Authoritarians obey. They rally to and follow strong leaders." 

Matthew MacWilliams 


"Evangelicals often are trained, from childhood, to not question religious authority: whether it’s the “inerrancy of Scripture,” the “authority of the pastor(s),” or the unflinching dogma of the church’s (or denomination’s) “statement of faith,”

~ Kyle Roberts

Ernest Becker, in his 1974 book, The Denial of Death, undertakes "the problem of the vital lie". The origin of human fear is "anxiety that springs from the awareness of our frailty, our mortality, our weakness in the face of the existential awareness of our inevitable, eventual death."


"But in a time when many are drawn to Donald Trump’s promise to “make America great again,” because of authoritarianism (and because transferring our fear and anxiety onto authorities seems the only or best solution), it’s a good reminder to choose our heroes carefully."

~ Kyle Roberts 

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Mayberry they weren't born again and are only faking it. They are re-birthers.

Eisenhower was baptized in office. Maybe they should be baptized on screen.

Worst case scenario.

In the second term of President Trump an investigative journalist from another country does a piece on how everyone from this discussion thread has mysteriously disappeared.

Does that mean the world will survive Trump's first term? And there will still be investigative journalism? Wow, better than I expected! :-)

If Cruz wins, that makes fears of Trump (FOT) seem trivial in comparison.

Frighteningly true. Meanwhile back at The Handmaid's Tale . . .

Samantha Bee on Ted Cruz Full Frontal with Samantha Bee

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