In truth, I dont think it matters that they associate themselves with alternate facts or that they attach no importance to science. I think they’ve decided to go against facts and science and even common sense and basic self interest just because it will destroy all the things we value, to one extent or another: Democracy, the Enlightenment, Truth, science, pragmatism, fair play, freedom, the Constitution, and the Progress we’ve made in human decency and interaction.
What’s clear to me is there can no longer be any excuse for giving them the benefit of the doubt. That many of them may be stupid, badly educated, resentful, misunderstood, can no longer function as excuse. Many of them know better in any case. They are racists, maliciously evil, and out to destroy the country. And we need to face them that way.
Since we need to give the law and our vote every chance to redeem our basic institutions, we neednt go to civil war footing just yet, but that day may come. In the meantime, let’s do what we can. Let’s humiliate them publicly, by revealing their lies, their use of informal fallacy as their basic, their only tool of rhetorical adjudication. Let’s stand up to bullies by standing firm. End your friendships and relationships with Trumpists! There must be a cost for trying to destroy our country. When they make claims, demand to see their sources, and put it out there for all to see, and test. But demand also that they answer the following question: what would convince you that you are wrong? If they offer no falsifier to their claims, you know without doubt that they are after your epistemological and metaphysical destruction. If they do offer it, then show them.
Almost 550+ days! You can’t claim ignorance. It’s all there to see! And we are too well versed in the ways of the totalitarian personality. We don’t need to be lambs, we don’t need to wait for our destruction passively, as too many in our history did before because they couldn’t believe what humans were capable of. We know. Trumpists are morally filthy. Let’s tell them that, and let’s act on that now obvious fact.