I think this point is often misunderstood, so I want to make it clear. The more that an authoritarian or fascist is attacked, the more support hardens into a kind of unbreakable bond. The authoritarian is the surrogate parent, and taking them away from the regressed child, who fears imaginary monsters, is to remove all safety. Just as a kid attacks the person attacking their parent does — no matter how abusive the parent might be. They believe in the goodness of their protector all the more. So American politics, which are already polarized, are likely only to polarize more (as incredible as that might seem.)
…se, little Mexican kids can’t destroy anyone, really — but that’s not how the fascist mind sees it. And so the excuses — the more absurd they are — will be lapped up by the faithful, which is precisely what the authoritarian mind seems to intuitively grasp.
What about the executive and the legislature? Well, history suggests that authoritarians and fascists hardly give in and exit shamefully when they’re challenged — precisely because they don’t have a sense of shame. In fact, they double down — bellowing even more preposterous excuses, rationales, and justifications for misbehaviour. Why is that? Because the only way that a narcissist really knows how to relate, much like a mafia, is through the raw exercise of egoistic power. If you can’t rub it in people’s faces, and get away with it, make a public spectacle of it — then you haven’t really intimidated anyone at all, and therefore, you are nothing, worthless, laughable, the proverbial “loser” — and that is the worst thing of all to be, something that strikes clawing fear into the heart of a narcissist. So while you might hope for apple-cheeked resignations, and walks of shame, it’s probably unlikely to be the case. One can always dream, though — and I’d be delighted to be proven wrong.