In an anti-truth world, honesty is a threat. Scrutiny is dangerous. And a candidate [Trump] and his supporters can say literally anything they want so long as it gets them past the news cycle and moves the ball down the political field. In the meantime, those who care about reality are mocked as suckers — as losers.
Yes, conservatives are bitching because the exploitive system they created and benefit from has been used against them. It makes you realize how whiny they all are. It makes everyone realize how weak they are. The Republican elite must shut down Trump or every future primary will be a circus. When they do shut him down they will have to write off a portion of their base; Trump's fans are the conservatives who turned anti-establishment (but not anti-authoritarian).The aide [Rove] said that guys like me were "in what we call the reality-based community," which he defined as people who "believe that solutions emerge from your judicious study of discernible reality." I nodded and murmured something about enlightenment principles and empiricism. He cut me off. "That's not the way the world really works anymore." He continued "We're an empire now, and when we act, we create our own reality. And while you're studying that reality—judiciously, as you will—we'll act again, creating other new realities, which you can study too, and that's how things will sort out. We're history's actors … and you, all of you, will be left to just study what we do."