Ask A Genius 422 – Aging, Bad Brains, and Conservatism Swings in Time and Attitudes (2)
October 24, 2018
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Rick Rosner: As change accelerates, you have more of a push on the fear end and disorientation end. Then you have more old people surviving into their 70s, 80s, and 90s who need dumbed down media.
It seems ridiculous people who are not part of the demographic that 40% of America still supports Trump. But when you look at the pressures that create conservatives, those are durable.
It will take a long time, perhaps until 2030 or longer, to drive dumb, racist Trump-loving conservatives back out of public life; enough of them backing out of political life, that we begin to have a reasonable political culture again.
The next two years, will require investigations into Trump and into his Republican cronies for corruption and rigging the election, and all sorts of stuff. Mueller has already indicted dozens of people.
We are waiting on Mueller’s biggest indictments and the overall report on Trump and related issues. That will roll out over the next two years. That will be a daily negative attack ad on Trump backed up by the results of investigations.
This should serve to erode support for Trump, except that the people who support Trump will continue to get their information from media, led by Fox News, that will continue to spin the information in such a way that they will be skeptical of the next two years of revelations of exactly how evil Trump is.
Although, Fox News, Wikileaks, the National Inquirer, and other associated Twitter accounts have been going silent, which is making people speculate – or causing them to speculate that – Mueller has told them that they are about to be indicted for campaign law violations for several things.
So if you can put some kind of a leash on the untruthful propaganda coming out of rightwing media, the next two years may serve to be more erosive of Trump supporters. In 2020, there is a new census too.
It may be that we will see reduced Republican gerrymandering. But that is not a sure thing because Trump named two Supreme Court justices and one of them, Kavanaugh, is thoroughly a political hack.
He will consistently and corruptly – in many people’s minds including mine – rule in favor of Republicans. That’s it.
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