Cognitive Dissonance – the state of having inconsistent thoughts, beliefs, or attitudes, especially as relating to behavioral decisions and attitude change.
For the last two plus years, white Republican voters have been in a constant state of cognitive dissonance concerning Donald Trump. In order to fulfill their longing for the white supremacy he promised, all they had to do was turn their back on the superior “family values” they’d bragged about their entire lives. It was a lot easier than anyone had expected.
But with the coming of the Stormy Daniels scandal, white Republican voters have been forced into a state of near schizophrenia to overlook Trump’s repulsive behavior. From sleeping with a porn star just weeks after his third wife gave birth, to getting spanked with a magazine with his face on it, to comparing Daniels to his daughter while schtupping her, to physically threatening her to keep quiet about it, to illegally paying her $130,000 for her silence, Trump has proven to be the sleaziest president in modern history.
So of course white Republican voters took to Twitter to complain about….Stormy Daniels:
— Paul Walker (@PKWalk) March 26, 2018
#StormyDanielsDay #stormydanielsinterview First the NDA was not to cover up any crime. 2ond How has Stormy Daniels gone from saying She accepted the money to sign the NDA to trying to now call it a campaign contribution? She is just a Lying Glorified Gold Digging Prostitute.
— Larry Wilbur (@larrywilbur71) March 26, 2018
Or the evil mainstream media:
The #StormyDanielsInterview had high ratings because our culture had turned from expecting relevant commentaries and information, which 60 minutes was known to deliver, to gobbling trash & tabloid garabge which feeble minds can understand & feel good that they do.
— Elie Khawand (@KhawandE) March 26, 2018
Is this trash all the #MSM has left? REALLY?
In fact, I would say it wasn't "stormy" at all… just another hit piece that actually helped @realDonaldTrump.
Does anyone have ANY faith in #MSM anymore?
Journalism is in a very sad state.#stormydanielsinterview@andersoncooper
— Bob (@Bob_Bombast) March 26, 2018
Or, naturally, the Clintons:
MSM, Twitternistas, Dems, BLM, 'celebs': massive coverage for allegations in #StormyDanielsInterview. Trump is guilty until proven innocent – Just like Judge Moore
Allegations of Juanita Broadwick raped by Bill Clinton and (God) Obama gay lovers – Zilch, nada, "nothing to see"
— steve fuller (@777Fuller) March 26, 2018
💥 @CNN has spent 25 yrs protecting the Clintons from perjury, sexual liaisons & rape. Watching them pretend to freak out over allegations of a 12-yr-old consensual affair has only made this fake news factory a bigger laughingstock #StormyDanielsInterview https://t.co/XvVuzmQGrP
— OrgConservAmericans (@OCAmericans) March 26, 2018
Or, the most popular excuse, how it doesn’t count because it happened 10 years ago:
— E Deploribus Unum (@farmagoo) March 26, 2018
#StormyDanielsInterview So we got a guy that takes it in the back door, interviewing a chick that takes it wherever from whoever from however many, and their talking about the hetero sex life of a president 10 years ago.
— AZPatriot (@harleydoc) March 26, 2018
A rich billionaire bangs a porn star over a decade before he becomes president.
Do I care?
— Ξ 𝔸ℕ𝔻ℝ𝕆𝕀𝔻 ℝ𝕌𝕃ℤ Ξ ⚡️ (@TheeAndroidRulz) March 26, 2018
Billionaire accused of banging hot chicks 14 years ago!
End of story!
— I Stand With Sarah Sanders #BoycottRedHen (@SupportTrump10) March 26, 2018
Who give a f..k with Stormy Daniels. That happen decades ago who gives a shit. She's a porn star who's looking to make some money, and she will. I wonder how much she charge per hour. @CBS 60 minute with #StormyDanielsInterview try to get rating with porn star. #MorningJoe #MAGA
— Daniel lilavois (@lilavois_daniel) March 26, 2018
This last one is amazing because all throughout the 2016 campaign, the right couldn’t stop screeching about Bill Clinton’s affairs from twenty five years ago and he wasn’t even the one running for office. Hillary has been ceaselessly scolded for not divorcing her philandering husband but why do we have to drag up the past when it comes to Trump?! Again, we’ve gone beyond hypocrisy and into total cognitive dissonance.
Perversely, there’s every possibility this entire sordid story will make Trump even more popular with white male Republican voters. The toxic masculinity they subscribe to views banging a porn star and degrading their wife at the same time as a plus. Nothing says you’re an alpha male like living out the fantasy of fucking whoever you want with no consequences while your wife sits there and takes the humiliation.
On the other hand, while cognitive dissonance will keep many white female Republican voters in line, it’s not going to keep all of them in line and Trump’s support among white women was already eroding before the Stormy Daniels debacle kicked into high gear. If that translates into lost votes for Republicans (a big “if”), the midterms will be far worse than anything currently being predicted.
In the meantime, white Republican voters will continue to show how little they care about their “family values” as long as their beloved alpha feeds them the racist red meat they’ve been craving for decades.