There are those moments that are just crystal clear. For New York Times’ David Brooks, one of them is that the anti-Trump movement is not just smug and insular—it sucks. Not only that, but it’s getting dumber. Brooks says this as someone who is admittedly anti-Trump. Yet, he devotes his entire piece to how this movement is just hopeless. Besides being a confederacy of idiots, Brooks notes that they’re insular. They hardly know anyone who supports the president or works in his administration. If they do, they don’t bring it up over beers. So, it’s a vicious cycle of anti-Trumpers feeding other anti-Trumpers what they think is the real Trump White House. A White House that Brooks also admits surprises people in the sense that mad King George III isn’t being the Resolute desk. In all, the anti-Trump wing of America is crumbling—they just don’t know it yet (via NYT) [emphasis mine]:
It’s almost as if there are two White Houses. There’s the Potemkin White House, which we tend to focus on: Trump berserk in front of the TV, the lawyers working the Russian investigation and the press operation. Then there is the Invisible White House that you never hear about, which is getting more effective at managing around the distracted boss.
I sometimes wonder if the Invisible White House has learned to use the Potemkin White House to deke us while it changes the country.
I mention these inconvenient observations because the anti-Trump movement, of which I’m a proud member, seems to be getting dumber. It seems to be settling into a smug, fairy tale version of reality that filters out discordant information. More anti-Trumpers seem to be telling themselves a “Madness of King George” narrative: Trump is a semiliterate madman surrounded by sycophants who are morally, intellectually and psychologically inferior to people like us.
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