|"It's silly to appeal to people's moral sense."|
It was inevitable. When we allowed Trump to continue as a viable candidate after his first round of lies, we established and validated a pattern that we'll continue to see for at least the next four years. Trump is no longer accountable to anyone, and we made him that way.
The new normal is:
He gets caught in the lie.
He lashes on whoever called him out for the lie.
Trump doubles down on the lie.
There are no consequences.
We created the monster, gave him power over us, and now all we can do is watch helplessly from the sidelines. The next four years will show Trump repeating this cycle. He’ll malign individuals over perceived slights, and take credit for something he didn’t accomplish, and never mind that the numbers don't work.
Or, to put it more succinctly:
But after all, it's the leaders of the country who determine the policy, and it's always a simple matter to drag the people along whether it's a democracy, a fascist dictatorship, or a parliament, or a communist dictatorship. Voice or no voice, the people can always be brought to the bidding of the leaders. That is easy. All you have to do is tell them they are being attacked, and denounce the pacifists for lack of patriotism, and exposing the country to greater danger.
(The dude in the picture)