They Must Find Undeniable Comfort In President Trump

It provides this awkward solace they crave by way of sustaining what waning entitlement and privilege whiteness offers

I have been reading alot about the hidden tensions coming out of the Republican Party as it tries to justify, defend, and even apologize for their White House leader’s missteps and mishandlings thus far. It has been assauged, glossed over or made to be forgotten because there is this spoken or unspoken awkward comfort that they can all share or chuckle about under Trump’s presidency. No matter what stupid things he says or how ill-advised and stupid his policies are, or even in how stupid he sounds, they can find comfort in the underlying premise of delusional entitlement and unearned privilege afforded by whiteness — his and theirs.

…Trump supporters who have been convinced by conservative media pundits like Fox News contributor Bill Bennett, who during an April 13 interview on Fox, argued that the virus is actually less deadly than the seasonal flu and that “this was not and is not a pandemic.” — Vox.com

After reading about the impending political implosions that have only accumulated since Trump’s inauguration it seems we have reached a climactic hum during the covid 19 pandemic. The brazen privilege and entitlement of anti-lockdown protests on display while 50,000 and counting in the U.S. (unofficially, the number is expected to be much more) have died from the virus, reinforces the fact that ignorance is very difficult to crack, especially when it has and is still being incentivized via political, social and capital gains.

Being white is the default identity in America. Whiteness is our cultural tapestry. It’s America’s norm, against which all others are measured, and there is a special kind of security that comes along with being the norm. So when you suddenly do not have free rein to go about your business unchecked, it can feel like a massive threat. And in turn, protesters have taken to the streets to fight to keep that security. That feeling of “oppression” these white protesters have voiced is the residual effect of living in a country that has been shaped to cater to their racial majority status, and consequently, their perceived loss of power and privilege. — Vox.com

White persons feeling oppressed in this country are experiencing persecutory delusions.

Mental representation is the mental imagery of things that are not actually present to the senses. — wikipedia

This mental representation is informed by propositional attitudes (desires and beliefs that are insensitive to empiricism) that are intentional in the distortion of reality such that it becomes semantically agreeable or comforting and therefore commonsensical to ones benefit at the other’s expense, when in fact it is pseudo profound, contradictory, filled with dissonance, and fallaciously contrived.

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