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Notorious Frauds Who Somehow Still Have A Following Despite Being Exposed

Reddit user Ninac4116 asked: 'Who are some exposed frauds that still have a following despite being debunked?'

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Cognitive dissonance is when one learns new information that challenges a deeply held belief that seems to undercut a favorable self-image, that person may feel motivated to somehow resolve the negative feeling that results—to restore cognitive consonance—by ignoring the challenging source.

This isn't the only response to cognitive dissonance, but it's the one most people are familiar with.

This behavior explains people believing something—or following a leader—despite all the contradictory facts. Outsiders look at the situation and are amazed that their adherents can't see the absurdity of the fraud.

But it's a common occurrence.

Just spend some time watching documentaries about cults and you'll see all the proof you need.

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When Donald Trump was elected President of the United States in 2016, many felt that it was the beginning of the end of the Republican party.

As Trump's fear-mongering and rhetoric were a far cry from the policies of what the Republican party stood for in the days of Abraham Lincoln.

For many long-standing Republicans and conservatives, it marked the end of their time registered in the party, swiftly shifting to becoming a democrat or independent.

There were also many who remained loyal to their party but their support for the 45th president gradually vanished by the time he left office, in relative disgrace, in January of 2021.

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The 2016 election left many families divided. For many people, the election, which saw business tycoon Donald Trump ascend to the nation's highest office, signaled a further decline of democratic ideals.

By 2020, as Trump embraced conspiracy theories about the integrity of the 2020 election—a development many analysts had predicted would happen years prior—those concerns metastisized.

And by January 6, 2021, the day a mob of Trump's supporters stormed the United States Capitol on the false premise the election had been stolen, many had reached their breaking point, including supporters of the ex-President. Oh, and we haven't even touched the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic or the Trump administration's response (or lack thereof).

Trump is more than just a leader for a particular faction within the Republican Party. He is dogma. And after some Trump supporters decided to walk back their support, things got interesting.

People shared their stories with us after Redditor rickandtwocrows asked the online community,

"Former Trump supporters, what were your experiences when you stopped being a Trump supporter?"
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People Break Down The Differences Between Biden's First Year In Office And Trump's
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At the start of Donald Trump's presidency, protests raged in response to a ban he ordered via executive order to seven Muslim-majority countries. At the start of Joe Biden's presidency, the nation was still reeling from the Capitol riot, which had happened just two weeks prior.

The country is currently in a remarkably divided time and political bonds have frayed further, charged with anger.

But the real question here is how did these two men do?

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Tom Brady Makes Shady Dig At Trump's Election Lies During White House Super Bowl Event
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Earlier this week, President Joe Biden invited the Tampa Bay Buccaneers to the White House to celebrate their Super Bowl win earlier this year. The tradition would normally have been relatively uneventful in a year like 2021, except for some comments made by Tom Brady.

Brady was an obsession for former President Donald Trump. Seeing the athlete visit Biden in the White House is speculated to be a personal nightmare for the former President.

However Trump felt about the visit, it's sure to be worse when Brady made this joke:

Brady also made fun of the bad nicknames Trump tends to come up with.

President Biden praised the team for their win and called the team an example that it's "never too late to come together and achieve extraordinary things." He also used the opportunity to recommend people get vaccinated.

The whole situation struck the internet funny.

The Buc's visit marks the first time a Super Bowl champion team has visited the White House since 2017. The Patriots won, with Brady's help at the time, though the athlete himself skipped the tradition.

This likely upset Trump, seeing as the former president used to use his Twitter account to defend Brady while he was caught in a scandal over using deflated footballs.

However, not all of Brady's history is so easily forgotten, including a "Make America Great Again" hat he had in his locker in 2016.

This is the first NFL visit by Super Bowl champions since 2017.

In 2018, the Philadelphia Eagles were uninvited by Trump due to protest during the National Anthem. In 2019, The Patriots won again, but chose not to go, though they confirmed it had nothing to do with politics.

And of course, the 2020 winners, The Kansas City Chiefs skipped due to the pandemic.

Head coach of the Bucs, Bruce Arians said it was an honor to be invited to the White House and hopes the political divide in Washington can be overcome for the American people.