SHORT TAKE: TRUMP’S GREATEST HUMAN INSIGHT
Integral to the liberal project, in the broad sense of the word liberal, is confidence in the power of reason. That’s why liberals in the broad sense are so uniquely horrified by official lying: How can we argue against people who will spread fictions, if serviceable to them, without a qualm?
Anti-liberals, on the other hand, appreciate the dark energy of human irrationality — not merely as a fact of our nature to be negotiated, but as a potent political resource. People do not believe what is true; they regard as true that which they wish to believe.
That’s the foundational insight on which Donald Trump has built his career.