Skip to comments.Why Trump Doesn’t Scare Me
Posted on 09/06/2016 8:25:36 AM PDT by servo1969Edited on 09/06/2016 8:50:19 AM PDT by Admin Moderator. [history]
Donald Trump scares a lot of people. They worry that he is a crazy racist who cant be trusted with the nuclear codes. They worry that he will needlessly insult foreign leaders. They worry that he isnt sufficiently knowledgeable to do the job. And so on.
But unlike the frightened masses, I perceive Trump to be safer than the average candidate for president. You might wonder what-the-hell Im seeing that you are not seeing. Thats worth detailing because it is always fascinating when people look at the same situation and have wildly different interpretations. With that setup, here are my reasons why Donald Trump does not scare me.
If you ask a hundred strangers to finish the following sentence, what types of answers would you get?
Ill bet the answer you would hear most often is the dark. Children are typically afraid of the dark because as you know ghosts and other monsters hide in the dark. Humans eventually grow up, but we never completely lose our childhood fears. Those fears are deeply ingrained.
Dark is a word that takes our brains immediately and automatically to a place of irrational fear. You might even say the word dark is a form of pre-suasion, which is coincidentally the title of an important, new book by the Godzilla of Influence, Robert Cialdini. Read it and learn how a word such as dark can rewire your mind to perceive your environment as more frightening than the evidence suggests.
Unlike most normal humans, Im not especially afraid of the dark. I dont believe in ghosts and I live in a safe neighborhood. That makes me less susceptible to the word dark as pre-suasion. If you happen to live in a dangerous neighborhood, and/or you believe in ghosts, the word dark is likely to influence you more deeply that it does me.
I also recognized soon after Trumps GOP convention speech that Clintons campaign had evidently coached its surrogates to simultaneously use the word dark to pre-suade voters to see Trump as scary. What I saw was weapons-grade persuasion technique. Those of you who are untrained in the techniques of persuasion probably heard the word dark and it automatically started the fear subroutine in your brains, as Clintons team planned. Keep in mind that 42% of Americans believe in ghosts, according to a Harris Poll. Another survey found that 57% of Americans and 72% of African-Americans in particular literally believe in Satan. And Satan likes to hide in the dark. With the ghosts.
If you ask Clinton supporters what scares them about Trump, they will say things about his temperament. It will sound quite rational. But rational thought is almost entirely an illusion. What is actually happening is that Trump reminds you of something scary (in the dark) and confirmation bias fills in the evidence where there is none.
As a trained hypnotist, and a student of persuasion, I see the world through a persuasion filter. My viewfinder shows me confirmation bias, whereas many people are seeing Trump as an irrational conflation of ghosts, devils, and bogeymen that hide in the dark. Team Clinton created that persuasion trap. I recognized the technique. Some of you did too. Most of the world did not.
You know how Trump is always saying inappropriate and violent-sounding things? Most people see that type of language as offensive and even dangerous. The exception is people who grew up in New York. We see it as talking.
After college, when I moved from upstate New York to California, I had to relearn how to talk. My New York style offended nearly everyone. Let me give you an example of how a Californian talks compared to a New Yorker.
Californian: It looks like it might rain today.
New Yorker: Oh, s***. ******* rain. I need that like I need a goddamned bullet in my head.
See the difference?
When Trump talks about roughing-up protesters, or shooting someone on 5th Avenue, people from New York dont raise an eyebrow. But Californians start wondering how to have that guy involuntarily committed to some sort of facility that can fix whatever is wrong with him.
Im not defending Trumps speaking style. I consider it a mistake to speak in New York style outside the state. I make that mistake several times a day. And nearly every first-draft of my blog posts is peppered with New York-style profanity and violent imagery. I take most of it out in the final pass.
So dont be afraid of Trump because of the way he speaks. Thats how people from New York talk. If you dont believe me, ask someone from New York if they are offended by Trumps language. Then ask a Midwesterner or a Californian the same question. Only the New Yorker will laugh at the question.
Trump has been consistent for decades in his practice of making an aggressive first offer and negotiating down to something reasonable. He talks about it in his book, The Art of the Deal. So when Trump announced he would deport 11 million people, I saw that as an aggressive opening offer, consistent with his history, and nothing worthy of fear. Most of the world saw it as a final offer.
Recently we learned that my interpretation from last year was accurate. Trump is now focusing on the criminal aliens who committed additional offenses after entering the country illegally. He plans to prioritize that group and get around to the rest at some future date, when circumstances might be different. Thats how a Master Persuader talks.
The problem is that Trump cant say today that he will be lenient with illegal immigrants tomorrow because that would encourage more people to enter the country. The best play and the only one likely to work is to scare people into thinking he will deport everyone, then soften after the bad ones have been expelled and the wall is working. Trump is approaching immigration like a persuader. If you trust him to be kind later, his approach looks both humane and practical. But if you are afraid of the dark, and afraid of New York-style talking, you might see something sinister. I predicted last year that Trump would soften on deporting 11 million people, and he is doing just that, right on schedule. To me, Trump has never been scary on this topic. He was acting like a Master Persuader and using fear to slow incoming immigration as well as to get elected.
The human brain is designed to recognize patterns, but we arent terribly good at it. We see patterns where none exist. And once we think we see a pattern, confirmation bias kicks in and supplies our minds with lots of imaginary evidence.
For example, if you think Trump is a racist, you were probably offended that he referred to Judge Curiel as Mexican. But if you do not think Trump is racist, you might notice that Americans with Italian heritage refer to themselves as Italian. And Americans with Irish backgrounds often call themselves Irish. Even Americans with Mexican heritage call themselves Mexicans. Its just a shorthand way of talking. Every single one of us talks the way Trump does.
My perception of the Judge Curiel situation is that Trump was making a common-sense legal point about the nature of bias. All humans are influenced by their experiences, and a judge with Mexican heritage and beloved Mexican family members has a good chance of being biased against an alleged anti-Mexican defendant. Thats just a statement about how normal humans are wired. It says nothing about Curiels talent as a judge.
As a student of persuasion, my mental filters are set to spot confirmation bias the way bird-watchers are trained to spot birds. Most voters have never even heard of confirmation bias. They dont know it is a thing.
Once you know what confirmation bias is, you can better recognize it in others. My perception is that what people see as Trumps racism is actually their own confirmation bias. That doesnt mean Im right. But keep in mind that I am trained to spot confirmation bias in others, and this is the cleanest case I have ever seen.
The other possibility is that my writing about Trump has put me into cognitive dissonance and Im the crazy one here. I cant rule that out. But to the point of todays blog, it explains why Trump looks safe to me and dangerous to those who dont know what confirmation bias is.
The libs tried this scare tactic with Reagan in 1980. Happens every time they have some weenie in office that has weakened America.
My confirmation bias makes me believe that confirmation bias causes confirmation bias.
A good businessman doesn’t kill his potential customers. And neither will Trump.
“deporting 11 million people”
Again, with 11 mill.
I would say that this is just your confirmation bias talking, but it is most-likely your paradigm.
It appears that the “stuff” drip, drip, dripping out of the Clinton Crime Syndicate has finally turned corrosive. FINALLY!!
But it begs a question that DOES NOT augur well for our nation’s future: WHAT THE HELL TOOK SO LONG????
Yep, and still with the "mass deportation" meme. No thought given to the self-deportation that will happen when we cut off their benefits and any/all job opportunities for them.
Having nominated a true patriot, we dare not let him down. It is difficult to see how we can stop the deliberate betrayal of America & the Americans by those who hate our heritage, if we do not defeat them now.
America is the issue! And Trump is clearly the candidate on our side. ("Who We Are," As Trump Supporters!)
Damn the Lies! Damn the Liars! Full Speed Ahead!
I highly recommend Scott Adams’ blog to people in here.
His writings go a long ways to explaining Trump’s approach, but more important, they make Trump’s sometimes outrageous statements easier to digest. And by “digest” I mean to understand why he’s making them in the first place.
One example: Trump goes for the black vote and then he says to those who are skeptical that he’ll get any at all that he’ll get 95% of the black vote. Outrageous, yes, but it got their attention. They have to cover it because it sounds like such an idiotic statement, and coming from a supposed right wing presidential candidate to boot.
Then, later on, Trump will get to say well maybe not 95% but at least half. And with his numbers rising due to the initial exposure plus his outreach efforts, pretty soon 50% doesn’t sound outrageous, and then blacks decide maybe there’s something to this guy after all, etc.
As I said at the outset, Adams has done a good job of explaining the reasons for Trump’s bombast. I’ve found that referring to him when I discuss Trump with skeptical voters is an excellent way to get them to reconsider his approach and see it in a more favorable light themselves.
By the way, Adams has stated that he thinks Trump will win in a landslide due mainly to his skills of persuasion.
And they "worry" because that's all they've heard from the
fourth estate fifth column, a litany of lies.
One example: Trump goes for the black vote and then he says to those who are skeptical that hell get any at all that hell get 95% of the black vote. Outrageous, yes, but it got their attention. They have to cover it because it sounds like such an idiotic statement, and coming from a supposed right wing presidential candidate to boot.
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But it didn’t get all of your attention, because you missed the part where Donald Trump said “after four years” of delivering on his promises he would get 95% of the black vote.
Perhaps more people would know what “confirmation bias” is if instead of calling it by a purposefully obfuscating name like that it was called something more straightforward, like “cherry picking facts”
Reminds me of terms like “quantitative easing” or “affirmative action”.
Right you are. Thanks for pointing that out.
During the Reagan years, people were somewhat removed from the Cold War, and some may have seen Reagan's defiance of the "Evil Empire" as overly aggressive. However, in today's world, the threat from Islamists/Jihadists is very real, and more people can perceive the actual threat than they could in the Cold War. Therefore, these attempts to paint Trump as "too extreme" will fail. They will simply make Trump look decisive while Hillary is status quo and onboard with importing more Muslims.
But the number doesn't matter because:
a) No one knows what it is anyway.
b) As you stated, most illegals will self-deport once the jobs and/or freebies dry up.
You think "Muslim" is a race, like a guy I talked to yesterday.
Trump doesn’t scare me. But, the Federal Government and the media does. Burn them both to the ground and start over.
I like Scott Adams’s power of persuasion schtick when he’s explaining how Trump manipulates the press, or outsmarts his opponents.
But it’s a little condescending at times when he suggests that Trump uses his power of persuasion to win support - my support? Trump won my support by being a champion of the right policies and ideas.
He didn’t need tricks like to choosing linguistic kill shots, simple action words or any other mind meld techniques to persuade me. I assume that’s true of anyone with a respecgtable IQ including virtually everyone here on FR.
I enjoy reading his blogs, and it’s flattering to know Adams admires Trump’s persuasion skills, but the compliment is a bit back handed.
It reminds me of similar backhanded compliments paid to RR 30 years ago - that he was the great communicator. That always bothered me - I remember my dad saying “you see what they’re doing there, calling him the great communicator?
“They’re saying he’s a slick salesman, that he’s so good, he could sell ice to an Eskimo. They may as well be saying that that’s ALL he’s selling - ice. Frozen water. Something Eskimos already have... And that we who love him are the Eskimos stupidly buying ice because he’s so persuasive”.
My dad’s point was that if they really admired Reagan and had any respect for his supporters, they would have called him a great statesman and spoke about his wonderful accomplishments. They wouldn’t call him the great communicator.
For Scott Adams to suggest that we who support Donald Trump do so because of he is a master at persuasion is a complement neither to Trump nor to his supporters.
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