One of the residual effects of the 2008 collapse, which was falsely blamed on individuals whose credit ratings were not up to snuff, is that the victims of that debacle are actually keen to accept the false blame in preference to acknowledging that they were deceived by crooked developers and real estate agents. People are more willing to accept false blame than to admit they were tricked. The supporters of Donald Trump seem to be in the same bind. They are reluctant to admit they were deceived. Of course, that is what the snake in the garden counted on, as well.
What accounts for this? I suspect it may be pride. The psyche is more inclined to claiming error than to admit being deceived. Therein lies the liar’s advantage.