[ExI] Trump asks "​Why Can’t We Use Nuclear Weapons?​"​

Rafal Smigrodzki rafal.smigrodzki at gmail.com
Wed Aug 3 18:00:30 UTC 2016

On Wed, Aug 3, 2016 at 12:31 PM, Darin Sunley <dsunley at gmail.com> wrote:

> If the "serious" politicians, on both sides of the aisle, wanted us to be
> able to take seriously the idea that a presidential candidate like Trump
> could be an existential threat to the country, they probably shouldn't have
> spent the last three decades describing, in turn, Ronald Reagan, Bill
> Clinton, George W Bush, and Barack Obama as similar existential threats.
> "But this guy's /really, really/ bad!" just isn't terribly convincing, in
> and of itself. We've heard that story before.

### But this kind of rhetoric plays into people's confirmation bias
greatly. Sensational stories about the evil of the other guy may not find
traction with the other guy's followers, but they sure make your own sheep
scared of leaving.

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