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[–]hennaojichan 11 insightful - 2 fun11 insightful - 1 fun12 insightful - 2 fun -  (0 children)

A bit of both? But there is a lot of plain ignorance out there. Also never forget that a lot of people are being paid with money and/or drugs to do and say anything. A recent example is people with a bag of meth in their pockets, lighting fires in urban areas in broad daylight. That takes a special kind of stupid. I believe their handlers want them to be arrested to boost the fear factor in the populace.

[–]zyxzevn 6 insightful - 3 fun6 insightful - 2 fun7 insightful - 3 fun -  (0 children)

You are seeing the effect of brainwashing.
The news (and social media) is continuously bombarding them with the same information.

The strength of the emotions determine how successful the brainwashing is.
So CNN makes people scared of Trump=Hitler. Or MSNBC makes people scared of Russia/Putin.
"Or people not wearing masks are spreading deadly disease!"

Fear can be used to remove logical thinking.
To avoid feeling it people will start chanting and repeat same sentences over and over again.

After fear comes anger. And that is the next phase.
So people are made angry about tests/masks. Or are made angry about police.

The following step is Hate.
So people learn to hate whites, or each other. With hate they start shooting.
And some people are now setting stuff on fire out of hate.

Then we have blind violence/ psychosis.
People just start shooting each other.
This goes easier with usage of certain drugs, in the military you may get special medicine to get this reaction.
Because no-one really wants to enter the psychotic state.

To bring people back to normal, they need to reach down to their fears again.
And slowly recover from their self-inflicted brain-washing.
What also may help is to give them weed, as it calms the mind.

[–]flush_the_turd 5 insightful - 2 fun5 insightful - 1 fun6 insightful - 2 fun -  (1 child)

Could say the same about the trump supporters that parrot Fox, Oann, Rush, or Tucker.

[–]PencilPusher55[S] 4 insightful - 2 fun4 insightful - 1 fun5 insightful - 2 fun -  (0 children)

I'd agree a year ago, but after seeing the destruction caused by BLM, they are at a much more extreme end of the spectrum. That's why I asked.

[–]Nemesis 5 insightful - 1 fun5 insightful - 0 fun6 insightful - 1 fun -  (0 children)

We're once again in an era of mass politics. The world is now too chaotic and painful to think about for most, so people outsource freewill and critical thinking to thought leaders.
On this very website you can see examples of this from both sides of the aisle. Leftists can no longer process reality without a series of filters, cultural references, media talking points, helpfully supplied phony statistics, you name it. On the right, people go to /pol/ and take the weak path and start miming conspiracies and low effort memes/greentexts.
It's not stupidity so much as weakness, though there's a strong correlation between the two

[–]slushpilot 3 insightful - 1 fun3 insightful - 0 fun4 insightful - 1 fun -  (0 children)

There's a lot of smart people who believe stupid things. I think part of it is just how humans cooperate as social animals. We have a tendency to go along with our community or tribe, and defend it against outside threats. Contradictory ideas can be threatening, so even if it means burying your head in the sand, you have to do it if you don't want to risk losing face with everyone you know.

When this instinct for getting along goes off the rails, it leads to mass delusions of the kind most often seen in cults. We are all susceptible to it—especially when we're at our most insecure, fearful, or paranoid.

[–]Pis-dur 3 insightful - 1 fun3 insightful - 0 fun4 insightful - 1 fun -  (6 children)

Well.. he is racist and proved it many, many times. Example: https://www.huffpost.com/entry/donald-trump-mexicans_n_5751e972e4b0c3752dcda87f

[–]jet199 6 insightful - 3 fun6 insightful - 2 fun7 insightful - 3 fun -  (4 children)

Actually that's the thing which first made me question the narrative.

In the speech he clearly says "they're bringing ... their rapists" not "they're [all] rapists" but every news source, even supposedly unbiased news programmes like the BBC, were reporting against the facts and clearly editing the video to make it worse.

He clearly says something along the lines of "When Mexico sends its people, they're not sending their best. They're not sending you. They're not sending you. They're sending people that have lots of problems, and they're bringing those problems with us. They're bringing drugs, they're bringing crime, their rapists. And some, I assume, are good people." You have to really force your ears to hear something different. The trouble is Trump doesn't speak in a normal grammatical way. He goes off on tangent, leaves points then goes back to them so it leaves him open to this kind of dishonesty editing.

[–]PencilPusher55[S] 2 insightful - 1 fun2 insightful - 0 fun3 insightful - 1 fun -  (0 children)

I get a kick out of people still using "He said Mexicans were rapists!" as finite proof that he does, in fact - hate people from Mexico.

[–]Pis-dur 1 insightful - 1 fun1 insightful - 0 fun2 insightful - 1 fun -  (2 children)

“He’s a Mexican,” Trump said of Curiel. “We’re building a wall between here and Mexico. The answer is, he is giving us very unfair rulings — rulings that people can’t even believe.”
This small excerpt proves he's racist.

[–]jet199 1 insightful - 1 fun1 insightful - 0 fun2 insightful - 1 fun -  (1 child)

How?

[–]Pis-dur 1 insightful - 1 fun1 insightful - 0 fun2 insightful - 1 fun -  (0 children)

By saying "He's Mexican" as a reason for not trusting that guy. This is a racist stereotype. Using nationality/ethnicity as an epithet to say "he's worse" is racism.

[–]PencilPusher55[S] 2 insightful - 1 fun2 insightful - 0 fun3 insightful - 1 fun -  (0 children)

Yep. That settles it.

[–]RightousBob 2 insightful - 1 fun2 insightful - 0 fun3 insightful - 1 fun -  (0 children)

Most people are too weak minded, fat, unhappy, and delusional to deal with reality.

[–]ElifromtheBook 1 insightful - 1 fun1 insightful - 0 fun2 insightful - 1 fun -  (0 children)

I always try to find new arguments when i expose Trump as the dumbass he is, e.g. .