Jan. 26th, 2017

"Honest"

Jan. 26th, 2017 04:16 pm
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An astonishing (that is to say, greater than zero) number of people call Donald Trump "honest".

It moves me to wonder whether this has to do with his limited vocabulary. We all tend to believe, unconsciously, that anyone less intelligent than ourselves can't persuasively lie to us.

And for a lot of people who are a tad limited themselves, that's the only metric they have - even though for them, at least, it's pretty much not true; stupid people can't tell when other stupid people are lying to them, they just think they can.

But a person who's not very bright does develop, as a prudent defense mechanism, the suspicion that anybody clearly smarter than they are is trying to fool them - because they instinctively know they wouldn't be able to tell the difference, and they keep this suspicion of anything sophisticated simply because they do get taken for a ride by the clever and unethical.

I do really think this is a big part of the reason such a transparently dishonest man is "trusted" by his supporters. Trump's language is practically baby talk; it makes him seem like he's simply not bright enough to lie - the Chauncey Gardener/Forrest Gump effect.

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