Trump claimed last week, over and over, that he didn’t lose the popular vote, but instead that he actually won it, when you deduct the millions of illegal votes garnered by Hillary. When challenged on this delusional claim, he promised a vigorous and thorough investigation to prove its truth.
Now Truimplethinskin has “moved on”; there is to be no investigation of this massive blot on American democracy. Ho, hum, let’s talk about Schwarzenegger’s ratings instead.
What can we learn from this?
Commentators expressed three views about the delusional claim and the proposed investigation:
Theory 1: it was part of a Machiavellian plot to gin up a bogus “investigation” which would then form the purported predicate for a massive effort to further disenfranchise black people.
Theory 2: Trump is delusional, at least as to many important beliefs.
Theory 3: Trump is not delusional, but cynically spread his voter fraud claim horse manure knowing that his base would believe it.
Many in the commentariat strongly supported Theory 1. But the abandonment of the “investigation” is strong evidence against it.
A perennial mistake in human affairs is trying to discover the rational motivation behind a crazy person’s behavior. That, I believe, is the error committed by the proponents of Theory 1. Sometimes a pencil is only a pencil. Sometimes a crazy person is only a crazy person.
As of today, both Theory 2 and Theory 3 remain viable explanations of the known facts.
Aardvark liked Theory 2 from the beginning, and continues to adhere to it. I think Trump backed off from the “investigation” because someone convinced him that it would distract from his agenda.
I think he still believes that Obama was born in Kenya, that five million illegal votes were cast for Hillary, and a lot of other crazy stuff.