An oversimplified juxtaposition?
Suspension of disbelief, sometimes called willing suspension of disbelief, is the intentional avoidance of critical thinking or logic in examining something unreal or impossible in reality, such as a work of speculative fiction, in order to believe it for the sake of enjoyment. Wikipedia
Political theater or political drama, a theatrical genre. Guerrilla theatre, a type of political protest with a theatrical quality. Political posturing or Kabuki, political acts made only for the sake of appearance. Political stunt, a type of publicity stunt intended to sway public opinion on a political issue.
The juxtaposition of the terms can explain, to a degree, the Trump phenomenon with a through line from Trump’s first campaign and nomination for the Presidency, to his election to a term in office, to his refusal to accept defeat, to the orchestration of an insurrection and the continued articulation of his ‘big lie’.
In my view, the answer to the conundrum re overcoming the political fever and fervor of Trump cultism and cultists and their stranglehold on the Republican Party lies somewhere in the articulation and narrative of the disambiguation of this juxtaposition such that it can be understood by the average American citizen and voter.
So, for example, we don’t counter Trump’s hyperbolic lies with facts and fact checking. Facts no longer matter in contemporary political discourse.
We should counter Trump with some asymmetrical hyperbole of our own:
‘Trump’s policies and proposals aren’t merely ‘restrictive’ they are oppressive and aimed directly at the average citizen….’
If overturning Roe v Wade isn’t oppressive, there’s no such creature.
We must push the common Trump supporters to the limits of their willing suspension of disbelief and create cognitive dissonance on a scale that can be disconcerting, uncomfortable, and even painful.
In Koshersalaami’s words we should break it down so that a twelve year old could understand the meaning and impact of Trump’s presence in the American political ecosystem.
Support of Trump shouldn’t be some kind of comfort zone….
Suspension of disbelief should be explained to Trumpists as a form of self denial which, in the context of the current social and political environment, can only lead to self destruction along with the deconstruction of the administrative state and our democracy….
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