Politics and Power Through Tantrum
But coming back to what causes that trip lever -- it may come down to what Marxists call "false consciousness," though in this case it's the reverse of what Marx intended. These people are using the pretense of socialism to cover up their love of the most rapacious capitalism. They hate Trump because he exposes them. His unabashed and unashamed capitalism and obvious riches are what they seek, but don't want to admit to themselves or others. Otherwise they would have to face what they are and stop pretending to "goodness." It's about the virtue signaling or what I have elsewhere called moral narcissism (really the psychological motivation for virtue signaling). But it has become considerably more extreme since I wrote the book and has reached the level of pathology. It's also extraordinarily infantile. If Marx has been upended, so has Arthur C. Clarke. No more Childhood's End. In 2017 America, it's Adulthood's End.
Don't believe me? Here's just one name as an example -- Madonna (not the original one, the one that "thinks about" burning down the White House).
After Monday night we can add another: Stephen Colbert.