The publisher of Psychology Today provides the personality traits below which help to describe the mindset of Trump supporters. I have tried to explain why his radical right, white cult followers give away their powers of reason & lose a social consciousness is bewildering to me, but the 5 following key traits seem to make sense of the cult behavior and the demographic which blindly listen & follow & obey King Trump. I have debated this issue with my fellow democrats and most cannot fathom the mind-set of King Trump’s 70 million followers.
Authoritarianism refers to the advocacy or enforcement of strict obedience to authority at the expense of personal freedom, and is commonly associated with a lack of concern for the opinions or needs of others.
Authoritarian personality syndrome—a well-studied and globally prevalent condition—is a state of mind that is characterized by belief in total and complete obedience to one’s authority. Those with the syndrome often display aggression toward out-group members, submissiveness to authority, resistance to new experiences, and a rigid hierarchical view of society. The syndrome is often triggered by fear, making it easy for leaders who exaggerate threat or fear monger to gain their allegiance.
Although authoritarian personality is found among liberals, it is more common among the right wing around the world. President Trump’s speeches, which include absolutist terms like “losers” and “complete disasters,” are naturally appealing to those who prefer authoritarianism.
2. Social Dominance Orientation
Social dominance orientation (SDO)—which is distinct but related to authoritarian personality syndrome—refers to people who have a preference for the societal hierarchy of groups, specifically with a structure in which the high-status groups have dominance over the low-status ones. Those with SDO are typically dominant, tough-minded, and driven by self-interest.
In King Trump’s speeches, he appeals to those with SDO by repeatedly making a clear distinction between groups that have a generally higher status in society (White), and those groups that are typically thought of as belonging to a lower status (immigrants and minorities).
It would be grossly unfair and inaccurate to say that every one of Trump’s supporters have prejudice against ethnic and religious minorities, but it would be equally inaccurate to say that some do not. It is a well-known fact that the Republican party, going at least as far back to Richard Nixon’s “southern strategy,” used strategies that appealed to bigotry, such as by delivering speeches with “dog whistles”—code words that signaled prejudice toward minorities that were designed to be heard by racists but no one else.
While the dog whistles of the past were subtler, Trump’s are sometimes shockingly direct. There’s no denying that he routinely appeals to bigoted supporters when he calls Muslims “dangerous” and Mexican immigrants “rapists” and “murderers,” often in a blanketed fashion. Perhaps unsurprisingly, a new study has shown that support for Trump is correlated with a standard scale of modern racism.
4. Intergroup Contact
Intergroup contact refers to contact with members of groups that are outside one’s own. As such, it’s important to note that there is growing evidence that Trump’s white supporters have experienced significantly less contact with minorities than other Americans. For example, a 2016 study found that “…the racial and ethnic isolation of Whites at the zip-code level is one of the strongest predictors of Trump support.” This correlation persisted while controlling for dozens of other variables. In agreement with this finding, the same researchers found that support for Trump increased with the voters’ physical distance from the Mexican border.
5. Relative Deprivation
Relative deprivation refers to the experience of being deprived of something to which one believes they are entitled. It is the discontent felt when one compares their position in life to others who they feel are equal or inferior but have unfairly had more success than them.
Common explanations for Trump’s popularity among non-bigoted voters involve economics. There is no doubt that some Trump supporters are simply angry that American jobs are being lost to Mexico and China, although these loyalists often ignore the fact that some of these careers may be lost due to the accelerating pace of automation.
These Trump supporters are experiencing relative deprivation, and are common among the swing states like Ohio, Michigan, and Pennsylvania. This kind of deprivation is specifically referred to as “relative,” as opposed to “absolute,” because the feeling is often based on a skewed perception of what one is entitled to something.
The US Capital Under Attach Jan 6, 2021
King Trump’s Authoritarianism is so strong amongst his followers that even during the assault on the Capital his followers stated clearly “The President Donald Trump invited them to disrupt proceedings in the House”. As the pandemic reach 380,000 dead Americans his followers marched on to the Capital without wearing masks. King Trump blew his dog whistle loudly during the Capital event and invited the mass crowd to over throw the House proceedings of the electoral vote role call. These lizard brain followers will not fade away because they display authoritarian personality, Prejudice, lack intergroup contact and experience the emotion of being deprived of better things because the non white immigrants are taking their prosperity. They are a cult of white supremacist and nothing else. As of today 250 rioters and seditionist were names by the FBI for arrest. King Trump is to blame and should be prosecuted for the crime of Sedition against the United States of America.