There’s this thread running through a lot of the political discourse about how people on the right can believe things that are patently false.
One theory is that they are dumb.
But my theory is, they know it’s false and it’s about POWER.
For example, climate change. I think people know that’s a fact. But they want to exert the power to deny the fact so that they can enjoy all the benefits of using energy excessively.
For example, building a wall. I think people know it’s ridiculous AND THAT’S THE POINT. We can force you to do this stupid thing because we have power and we want to exert our power.
For example, All Lives Matter in response to Black Lives Matter. They get why African Americans want to organize. They just want to pretend to misunderstand because it’s about POWER and keeping power.