I think a lot of Trump's base support comes from people who assume that all politicians are on the take, and Trump is just more honest about it. In the same way that they think everyone is racist, and Trump just isn't afraid to speak his mind.Eric the .5b wrote: ↑11 Jun 2018, 23:55For at least half of Trump supporters, they don't believe the corruption. For the rest, I think they go into straight cognitive dissonance on the matter. It certainly won't be Team Blue that gets them out of it.Jadagul wrote: ↑11 Jun 2018, 21:15Honestly, the fact that so many people think Trump's corruption is normal is probably more threatening than his actual corruption. The damage his corruption is doing is in making that look normal. It's not; it hasn't been in decades; and it's both important to make it abnormal, and to make people believe that it's unusual.
I'm not sure that Trump makes anything look normal except to his own supporters. Everybody else, including his ex-supporters, are horrified.
If he's gone after one term, I think his lasting damage will be minimal. At this point, I'd put better odds on Trump alienating his own base, segment by segment, than on the Blues managing to beat him.
And that's bad. I don't know how to fix it, but it's bad.
One way my politics have changed over the past couple years is that I increasingly think it's really important to crack down on white-collar crime. Like, certainly, there's white-collar crime that shouldn't be illegal at all, and I don't want to crack down on that. But I increasingly think it's important that we enforce regulations seriously, and treat it as a serious thing when major corporations violate the law. Because otherwise makes people feel like laws don't apply to corporations, or, sometimes, rich people. And that's pretty corrosive to legal legitimacy.