One thing has become clear. President Donald Trump’s supporters know that he is making lies. However, they don’t seem to care. In fact, they are not bothered at all.
In Ohio, Trump supporters don’t actually believe that former president Barack Obama had wiretapped the Trump Tower. However, they like the idea that Trump may have invented the whole thing up. This exhibits the true, unwavering support in a place where Trump won by a landslide during the 2016 election.
It doesn’t matter if Trump is lying regularly.
According to a report from the Toronto Star, some Trump supporters are merely happy that Trump is out there lying most of the time. “I think it’s a good thing,” 58-year-old Ohio resident James Cassidy said of Trump’s lying. For him, it was a good way to make Washington nervous, throw it out of balance. “He’s ruffling every feather in Washington that he can ruffle. These guys are scrambling,” Cassidy further explained.
Cassidy is currently an unemployed construction worker. He is part of plenty of Americans happy to see Washington elites become uncomfortable. At the same time, other supporters in the area had said that Trump could still be possibly correct. Others say that perhaps Trump does think that what he is saying is true. And if not, he may be mistaken, but nonetheless well-intentioned.
Trump lies gain acceptance because they’re blue lies.
On the other hand, a new study reported by Scientific American may explain why Trump’s lies are acceptable to supporters. It is because Trump’s lies may be considered as “blue lies,” described as lies that are “simultaneously selfish and beneficial to others.”
“You can tell a blue lie against another group,” University of Toronto psychologist Kang Lee said. Some even perceive that a blue lie is done “in the service of something bigger than himself.”
This seems to explain why some Americans consider accepting Donald Trump despite his series of unsubstantiated claims. At the same time, Texas A&M political scientist George Edwards stated that lies are now seen as an “appropriate means of warfare.”
“People condone lying against enemy nations, and since many people now see those on the other side of American politics as enemies,” Edwards explained. This way, Trump’s lies are not plain lies. Instead, these are weapons used to fight an important war.