The answer to the central question of our lives

Why? Why the craziness ever since November 2016?

Over the past seven years, I’ve spent considerable time trying to figure out why anybody I knew would vote for Trump. And I came up with quite a few scientific and quasi-scientific explanations, which satisfied me for a time.

Why did anybody I know vote for Trump? Why would anybody still be supporting the madness?

There was one central suspicion a lot of us had. Today I found this tweet from Luke Zaleski, the legal affairs editor at Condé Nast. It answers every question:

I don’t think you could overstate how completely Obama broke their minds. The fact that a black man was the most powerful person in the world for eight years and was popular and largely successful absolutely destroyed white power mythology and psychology and was their apocalypse.

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