Since religious language has again infected this unpredictable and turbulent political season, here is a verse that could describe the followers of
All politicians tell voters what they want to hear. It is one reason for the anger many voters feel for members of both political parties. These voters believe
Trump makes grandiose promises and claims he never backs up with facts. The latest, as noted by fact checker
Kessler writes, "Once again, we are confronted with a nonsense figure from the mouth of
What about that border wall Trump continues to promise he will build across the southern border, sending
According to data from the
To followers of Trump it doesn't matter. Inaccuracies and the unlikelihood of making good on his promises are not as important as the thought behind them. This can be dangerous in a leader who aspires to power.
Writing in the
Noting "the short-term benefits of charisma are often neutralized by its long-term consequences," Chamorro-Premuzic lists four reasons for resisting charisma: "Charisma often dilutes judgment," it is "addictive," it "disguises psychopaths" and it "fosters collective narcissism."
Despite the dangers, he says, "the dark side of charm is often overlooked." Before the rise of Trump, one could point to President Obama as a recent example of the phenomenon.
"In the era of multimedia politics," notes Chamorro-Premuzic, "leadership is commonly downgraded to just another form of entertainment and charisma is indispensable for keeping the audience engaged."
A characteristic of Trump's followers appears to be their determination to ignore any evidence that would challenge their faith. And so when I question the reality show-style of Trump, I get messages on social media calling me a "sack of (excrement)," a member of the "establishment" and "old," which is the unkindest cut of all. Remember when age used to go with wisdom, unless proven otherwise? If you're a millennial reading this, perhaps you have no memory of such a time.
Trump may well win the Republican nomination and even the presidency. If he does, it will confirm that the transformation of American politics -- from serious business, to another form of entertainment -- is complete and the