Quoted @Noahpinion

Why do many Trump supporters, Republican party officials, and even some Fox News anchors still claim that the election was fraudulent, despite all the mountains of evidence to the contrary? My theory of political lying as tribal signaling: https://t.co/Q2JJID5GC1

Really not sure this works. For the theory to work the cost of lying has to be significantly bigger than the cost of telling the truth. but do we have any evidence for that? https://t.co/rNXTZCq2RI

  • The simpler explanation -- that the cost of being a target of Trump's Twitter wrath represents a career-ending event whereas the cost of lying is a slow bleed and maybe they'll live -- is probably the better explanation for elites. It's rational without invoking signaling.