US President Donald Trump has coffee during a reception ceremony in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, on Saturday. Close to 40 per cent of the US population still support him. How could this be so, given his frequent distortion of facts coupled with his bombastic narcissism? Photo: Saudi Royal Court handout via Reuters

Donald Trump supporters are under the spell of blind faith

Paul Stapleton says research in psychology shows that human beliefs, once formed, are difficult to dismantle and may even strengthen as believers’ faith becomes tied to their identity. This is why the US president has not lost his backing despite his missteps

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US President Donald Trump has coffee during a reception ceremony in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, on Saturday. Close to 40 per cent of the US population still support him. How could this be so, given his frequent distortion of facts coupled with his bombastic narcissism? Photo: Saudi Royal Court handout via Reuters
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