“It is almost like a hermetically sealed world,” Wehner said on CNN’s “Reliable Sources.” “Facts are like BBs, they’re just bouncing off of a brick wall. They just don’t penetrate.”
Wehner, who served in the administrations of presidents Ronald Reagan and George H.W. Bush and as a senior aide in the White House of President George W. Bush, said it comes down to a concept called the psychology of accommodation.
“People decided early on for a variety of reasons to accommodate themselves to Donald Trump, some of them thinking that things would get better, that he would grow in office, that he would be surrounded by good people,” Wehner said.
By popular request, here's video of @Peter_Wehner talking about Trump supporters on today's show. "Now it's not just a defense of Trump, it's a defense of their defense of Trump. To indict him is to indict themselves, to indict their own judgment, and that's hard for any human." pic.twitter.com/AvE7wPx9ih— Brian Stelter (@brianstelter) October 13, 2019
Instead, Trump has gotten worse. But because of their early accommodation of the president, these voters are essentially stuck with him.
“Now it’s not just a defense of Trump. It’s a defense of their defense of Trump,” Wehner said. “To indict him is to indict themselves, and to indict their own judgment, and that’s hard for any human being.”
The result: “They will defend him regardless of what happens, come hell or high water.”
In 2016, Trump bragged that his supporters were so loyal that not even murder could shake them.
This article originally appeared on HuffPost.