Beamer wrote on Jul 15, 2020, 14:03:
I mean, but do they respect authority?
If Trump had told them to wear masks at the outset, they would absolutely have done so. There would have been beefy guys with AR-15s and camo gear in actual gas masks
outside every store to protect decent hard-working Americans from those work-shy mask-refusing liberal snowflakes. I guarantee it.
The problem Trump supporters have with high-profile doctors (and scientists in general, though the left has its own special problems with science at times) is that doctors and scientists don't respect the chain of command. They'll just flat out say you're wrong if that's what the best evidence suggests, and authoritarians don't know what to make of that. You're not supposed to be able to become an authority just by studying a lot of books and test-tubes; authority is something you're supposed to be invested with by the people's trust.
Evidence and theories and statistics are one thing, but the fact
is, you're not supposed to undermine the leader, because faith in the leader, faith in the chain of command, is what holds the world together. Anyone who would do something like that is clearly disloyal at the best of times, let alone during a crisis when authoritarians look to their leader more than ever.
So when Trump says C19 is a Democrat hoax and an epidemiological expert contradicts him, that's a de facto challenge to Trump's authority - which means it must
be political. It must be a power-play. To consider the alternative - that Trump was (as usual) blithely, confidently, ruinously wrong and was always unworthy of the faith invested in him - is not just unpalatable but disloyal and treasonous.