Denial or Willful Ignorance?

According to an NPR/PBS NewsHour/Marist poll of 1,065 U.S. adults conducted between December 1st and December 6th, only 24% of Republicans believe that Joe Biden beat Donald Trump in last month’s presidential election. Of Democrats and Independents, 95% and 67%, respectively, accept that the election result showing that Biden won is accurate.

What is it with these Republicans? Is this a case of denial by Trump’s horde of rapscallion-like supporters who have become almost dependent upon his daily lies, unfounded election fraud and conspiracy theories, and the biased reporting coming from right-wing outlets like Fox News? Or is it an act of desperation by the delusional, about-to-be former president whose election loss has led to a rapid deterioration of his mental faculties?

Denial is the action of declaring something to be untrue, and it most definitely is untrue that Trump did not lose the election. Willful ignorance is when people refuse to become informed so that, in this case, they don’t have to face the reality of Donald Trump’s defeat.

As we slowly progress toward the eve of his eviction from the White House, are more than three-quarters of Republicans in denial? Or are they the victims of an evil yet ingenious plan to pull victory from the jaws of defeat by spreading fear, uncertainty, and doubt (FUD) to those who choose to remain willfully ignorant about the actual and irrefutable outcome of the election?

Or is there some other explanation besides denial and/or willful ignorance?


Written for these daily prompts: Ragtag Daily Prompt (rapscallion), The Daily Spur (dependent), Word of the Day Challenge (desperation), Your Daily Word Prompt (rapid), Fandango’s One-Word Challenge (ingenious), and MMA Storytime (Eve).

21 thoughts on “Denial or Willful Ignorance?

  1. Marleen December 9, 2020 / 4:18 pm

    It’s all quite weird. But another piece of the puzzle is they’ve won quite a bit when they shouldn’t have; due to the electoral college and gerrymandering and voter suppression and other tricks.

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    • Marleen December 9, 2020 / 5:56 pm

      I think this track record may lead to them being used to winning even when most of the people around them or across the country don’t think the way they do; like they’re simply “supposed” to win (they don’t have to think about it really).

      Year 2000 was a disorienting turning point. It seems all Republicans have been able to do, since, is turn up the hysteria. I hope the conservative Supreme Court’s hard no (with half of the six appointed by Trump) makes a difference.

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    • Fandango December 9, 2020 / 7:49 pm

      This probably won’t disappear as long as Donald Trump is still breathing.

      Liked by 1 person

      • Marleen December 9, 2020 / 8:25 pm

        You know what? I think you’re right.

        Liked by 1 person

  2. rugby843 December 9, 2020 / 5:06 pm

    Man, I am tired of this. Think it will disappear in 12-14?

    Me either😣😫

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  3. annieasksyou December 9, 2020 / 6:07 pm

    It’s been going on for decades: a careful plan by the Republicans to use culture wars, fear, racism, gerrymandering and voter suppression to convince people that Democratic leaders are not legitimate. It’s solidified by Fox News, which trump has now turned on bc their serious journalists accept Biden’s win, so now it’s NewsMax and OAN that perpetuate the lies and conspiracies.

    In truth, I find the 67 percent of independents at least as troubling.

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    • Marleen December 9, 2020 / 7:21 pm

      It is a careful (and corrupt) plan. I don’t think most people realize how intentional (and not virtuous) it is.

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    • Fandango December 9, 2020 / 10:54 pm

      Yes, troubling, indeed, that a third of independents have doubts.

      Like

  4. Sadje December 9, 2020 / 7:23 pm

    This is something I’ll never be able to understand.

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      • Sadje December 9, 2020 / 11:50 pm

        Even in a country like mine, politicians can’t/ won’t play these sort of tricks on public.

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  5. XingfuMama December 9, 2020 / 9:12 pm

    I do not know why it is. But, frankly, I’m willing to let the “red” states go. If they do not want to live in a democratic republic let them go off and have the Trumpeter for king. Since most red states cost more than they bring in this would leave the remaining states stronger. I’m sick of it.

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    • Fandango December 9, 2020 / 10:58 pm

      There are times when I think we’d be better off that way.

      Liked by 1 person

  6. anotherday2paradise December 10, 2020 / 2:13 pm

    Trumpism is nothing but cult-like mind control. It beats me how people can fall for his lies, but I suppose it takes all sorts. 🤦‍♀️

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  7. leigha66 December 17, 2020 / 4:06 pm

    Those numbers are so much higher than they should be… how gullible are these people?

    Liked by 2 people

  8. Gordis December 20, 2020 / 1:02 pm

    Selección Fraud in a few Swing States.

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  9. Carol anne December 20, 2020 / 5:55 pm

    Wilful or not, its ignorance, and trump is the biggest idiot that ever walked this earth! I mean really? Joe biden won fair and square! I was so delighted when texas ruled that trump could not continue with his law suits. xo

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