Cognitive Science Suggests Trump Makes Us More Accepting of the Morally Outrageous


(1) Cognitive science research reveals that people show an impressive systematic tendency to completely ignore the possibilities they see as abnormal.
(2) Once an option is recategorized as “normal,” people are more likely to choose it.
(3) Trump’s rhetoric may be shifting the boundaries of what the American polity will consider.
(4) Cognitive science research has not yet conclusively identified a good mechanism for combatting people, like Trump, who try to normalize what should be morally outrageous.