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Is it passion, brain washing or just being very gullible and naïve?

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Keep reading on Twitter, Facebook and blogs about the unsubstantiated voting fraud claims made by Trump at 2:00 AM on the day after the election and again on Friday. It's obvious the first Amendment gives people the right to say almost any silly thing they want, but in legal decisions we need proof and "preponderance of evidence" is the standard. I'm pretty sure the majority of Americans prefer their President stayed with fact and say nothing silly. So where is this proof of fraud we keep hearing about that several Federal Agencies say is non-existent including Trump's own homeland security agency that said this election was "the most secure in American history"?

Trump's mouthpiece on Fox News Tucker Carlson had to apologize to two Georgia voters after saying "a man named James Blalock and a woman named Linda Kesler had voted in Georgia last week, despite having died years earlier, promising his viewers: “We can prove it." Mrs. James Blalock did in fact vote but no record of her husband voting and Linda Kesler who is alive and well voted too. Apparently Tucker's fact checkers missed where the Jackson County Board of Elections said she did not cast a ballot in the 2020 election. "Linda Kesler of Nicholson was marked deceased in 2003 and did not vote." Another Lynda Kesler, who has a different address, birthday, and zip who is entitled to vote—did vote," the board of elections explained. I really feel sorry for all the people repeating the Tucker Carlsons type charges of voter fraud as fact. Besides those two votes could not change the outcome; why did the moron even mention them?

I see blogs on LP that repeat blatant lies, but if those people are so sure they have the facts correct, why do they lock their statements and/or block people that might correct them? Twitter and Facebook are different but misinformation isn't. My guess they are not really passionate or brainwashed, but just want wear a MAGA hat and be part of something; just like followers with no clue what they are following.

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lakerbenComment by lakerben - November 14, 2020, 4:15 pm
More and more of the GOP are cringing on the ongoing stupidity. The followers are like guppies in a fishtank they will eat whatever is fed to them! It's almost like a cult!   But it's only delaying the several lawsuits Trump will have to deal with.
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Comment by noise-gate - November 14, 2020, 9:05 pm
What this country has lived through is the " Cult of Personality."

A cult of personality or cult of the leader,[1] arises when a country's regime – or, more rarely, an individual – uses the techniques of mass media, propaganda, the big lie, spectacle, the arts, patriotism, and government-organized demonstrations and rallies to create an idealized, heroic, and worshipful image of a leader, often through unquestioning flattery and praise. A cult of personality is similar to apotheosis, except that it is established by modern social engineering techniques, usually by the state or the party in one-party states and dominant-party states. It is often seen in totalitarian or authoritarian countries.

Characteristics.
There are various views about what constitutes a cult of personality in a leader. Historian Jan Plamper has written that modern-day personality cults display five characteristics that set them apart from "their predecessors": The cults are secular and "anchored in popular sovereignty"; their objects are all males; they target the entire population, not only the well-to-do or just the ruling class; they use mass media; and they exist where the mass media can be controlled enough to inhibit the introduction of "rival cults."
Wiki.
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Comment by Stack47 - November 16, 2020, 1:34 pm
Trump's rise in politics came from social media blitzes where thousands of anonymous people placed their opinions on Facebook, Twitter, and many other sources. And giving the conspiracy theorist the green light to come up with anything they could think of. The truth didn't matter as long as they got followers and their followers never fact checked their claims.

People really didn't know why they were saying "lock her up" of what crimes if any were committed, but it made them or most likely their Online personas part of something so again making the facts and the truth are unimportant. Don't have to go too far back into social media history to find many people using it to promote their agendas. For instance look at the large number of televangelists selling one way tickets to heaven for a monthly donation. Or additional donations so the likes of Kenneth Copeland can buy a new private jet.

It was only a matter of time before another fast talking snake-oil salesman would use misrepresentation, false statements, unfounded allegations, and flat our lies on social media to get elected to the highest office in this country and probably in the World. And even after the majority with 5.6 million more votes made huge statements against him, his anonymous followers are still getting "likes" for saying nonsense.

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