The nature of democracy tells us that whoever wins the election gets to hold public office and represent the best of America’s people. It should be as simple as that, but with the 2020 election, everything is way more chaotic.
Donald Trump refuses to accept the loss and his fellow members of the Republican party are backing him. As if that wasn’t enough, Trump supporters are taking to the streets to challenge the election result, and who knows when this whole turmoil is gonna end.
But people are no rookies when it comes to challenging times. I mean, you shouldn’t expect the bunch of folks going through a once-in-a-century global pandemic to give up so quick. Especially when it comes to their sense of humor. And in that department, we've surely evolved quite a lot in the past year.
So, after Biden’s win, people on the internet have armed themselves with painfully funny comebacks that reflect how we all live in the times of boomerangs. ‘Cause words bounce back, just a few times stronger and way funnier.
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Ever wondered what it takes to be a Trump supporter? Well, science may have an answer. Recent research that was done by psychologist and UC Santa Cruz professor Thomas Pettigrew, and published in the Journal of Social and Political Psychology, suggests that some interesting psychological phenomena may be at work.
According to Pettigrew’s paper, authoritarian personality syndrome may be more present in Trump supporters. The syndrome refers to a state of mind that is characterized by belief in total and complete obedience to one’s authority.
“The syndrome is often triggered by fear, making it easy for leaders who exaggerate threat or fear monger to gain their allegiance,” explained Bobby Azarian, a cognitive neuroscientist.
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Another personality trait characteristic to Trump advocates may be social dominance orientation, which “refers to people who have a preference for the societal hierarchy of groups, specifically with a structure in which the high-status groups have dominance over the low-status ones.”
Bobby Azarian writes that a 2016 survey of 406 American adults found that those who scored high on both SDO and authoritarianism were those who intended to vote for Trump in the election.