I had quite a weird but interesting thought earlier. For some reason, I was thinking about American wrestling, and it’s strange, real-yet-fake relationship to reality. It’s clearly a type of performance, but claims to be real; it’s obviously pantomimic, but seems to take itself deadly seriously. The people who watch and follow it, especially in America, seem to see it as valid as any other sport, and insist that what they are viewing isn’t a pre-planned, convoluted live action punch and Judy show but real. That implies a cultural suspension of disbelief, where an entire group of people actively chooses not to believe what is in front of them in favour of an obvious fiction. I wonder: can we see the same culture in supporters of Donald Trump? There too we see the same absolute refusal to believe in what everyone else is obvious, and the same ultra-masculine, violent, angry approach to reality which seems to prise bravado over substance. I wonder if the type of culture which underpins American wrestling can be seen in support for Trump. Could one somehow explain the other? After all, Trump himself appeared in an episode of wrestling, and behaves almost like a wrestler, projecting an image of himself onto the world full of bluster and boastfulness, yet which is ultimately a fiction. I must say I find it very strange indeed, and the way it seems to prise violence and confrontation over respectful, nonviolent approaches to life quite worrying.