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President Trump became the ultimate scapegoat of the 21st Century; people loved to hate him, and he gave them several opportunities during his time as president to be resented, even despised, his effective policies notwithstanding. But if you look at his behavior in terms of the scapegoat, and realize that not only Trump but Republicans as a whole are now being scapegoated, there are many reasons to be concerned and to make an effort to deal with the scapegoating issue. Even if Trump doesn’t run for president, he will continue to be the primary target of the Left, and anyone who remotely supports his ideas (regardless of Joe Biden’s claims about not blaming Republicans in general) will be condemned.
But if we are going to understand fully the implications of scapegoating to the future of this country, and try to deal with it in a constructive way, we need to understand how scapegoating works . Scapegoating has a long history going back to biblical times.
By definition, the scapegoat is a person or people ‘made to bear the anxious blame for others.’ The scapegoated individual or subgroup is seen as a threat to the comfort and the successful functioning of the group as a whole and therefore must be eliminated. Whether the perceived threat is true or not is incidental: scapegoating is more about feelings than truth. As far as the group is concerned, the scapegoat is the sacrifice needed to ensure survival. . .