WEDNESDAY, JULY 27, 2022
Marc Thiessen's explanation: Marc Thiessen is a conservative columnist for the Washington Post.
To his credit, he doesn't seem to believe that Donald J. Trump won the last election. He says this in his latest column, though not in so many words.
That said, millions of people do believe that Donald J. Trump won the last election. Online, Thiessen's new column for the Post appears beneath a headline which offers his explanation:
Why do people believe the ‘big lie’? Because Americans don’t trust the media.
People who believe the "big lie" no longer trust the mainstream press. That's why they wouldn't listen to reason about the last election—on January 6, 2021, for example. Or so goes this explanation.
It's true that millions of Trump supporters don't trust the mainstream media. It's even true, as Thiessen claims, that the mainstream press has arguably, on occasion, given them reason for holding that view.
That said, the main reason why these people believe that Donald Trump won is because Donald J. Trump keeps telling them that.
(Is it possible that Donald J. Trump actually believes this claim? We expect to re-examine that question before the week is through.)
Thiessen's explanation strikes us as highly selective, but he's asking the most important question of the modern political age. Why do so many people believe this wholly unsupported, apparent falsehood? Why do so many people believe other unfounded or inaccurate claims?
Why do millions of people believe that Trump won? As our nation splits in two and slides toward the sea, it seems to us that very few questions are more important.
To some extent, Thiessen's thesis is true. People believe that Donald Trump won because they don't believe a single thing they hear from the mainstream press corps. Early this morning, we thought we may have seen a slight hint of one reason why that's true.
On Way Too Early and Morning Joe, the usual suspects were discussing The Only Subject They Care About—Trump Trump Trump Trump Trump Trump Trump and How To Get Trump in Prison.
We briefly flipped to the Fox News Channel. They were discussing inflation and the pain the current inflation is causing regular people.
Our blue tribe's cable news crowd is a heavily cosseted, wealthy elite. As a general matter, if your spouse has never run the World Bank, it's hard to get on Morning Joe.
Our blue cable crowd hails from the high end. They care about what they care about and they occasionally seem to care about no one and nothing else.
Some of the Others may have noticed this fact. We'll guess that this fact, which is unattractive, may not especially help.
To his credit, Thiessen was asking a large, existential question. In our view, his analysis may have come up a bit short.