I happened to come across a 6-year-old thread I posted about the psychology of conspiracy theorists, here: http://www.sciforums.com/threads/psychology-of-conspiracy-theorists.144995/ This was posted before the election of Trump, before his 20,000+ in-office lies, long before the recent election of Joe Biden. At the current moment in time, I am bemused by the number of elected Republican representatives who are supporting Trump's conspiracy lies about the supposedly "stolen" presidential election of 2020, despite the multitude of failed lawsuits and the total absence of supporting evidence for any widespread electoral fraud. It is clear that a large segment of the Republican party has been completely captured by Trump and his followers, following on from the gradual takeover by the "tea party" movement. On the one hand, the people who are most vocally supporting Trump's empty claims of fraud have vested political interests. Some of them apparently have aspirations to run for President themselves in 2024. Understanding how the wind is blowing among the Republican base, many of whom these days live in an alternative universe of actual fake news, they want to tout their Trumpist credentials. On the other hand, by itself that doesn't explain the wholesale rejection of facts and the level to which these people appear to believe Trump's fantasy narrative of the election. These people wouldn't be so convincing if they were merely cynics jockeying for political influence. No, these people are true believers in a grand conspiracy - to the extent that they are actually willing to throw away the previously-cherished norms of liberal democracy on which America was founded and for which America used to be the light on the hill for other aspiring peoples. This brings me back to my list of typical characteristics of conspiracy theorists. I thought it might be useful to discuss the criteria from the previous thread, in the context of the current Trump capture of the Republican base and the party itself. As in the original thread, the word "believers" here is used to refer to those who accept the idea of a grand conspiracy (e.g. by "liberal elites" to steal the election).