It’s not just that most people are nice and easily fooled
Yes, the rich know who would protect their privilege.
Yes, the supremacists and bigots know who they’d support.
Yes, everyone who likes Putin feels he’s his poodle.
Yes, insecure people like his (fake) macho persona.
Yes, he gets so much free (bad) publicity by speaking scandalously.
Yes, he presents himself as every poor person’s fairytale from rags to rich.
Yes, he presents himself as this country’s brave underdog.
This all gets mentioned all the time. But there is one aspect of this con man that seems overlooked. He’s ‘naughty.’ He does things decent people wouldn’t dare to do. He’s a daredevil, enfant terrible, Dennis the Menace.
Also, therefore, decent people love him. They wouldn’t dare to act thus.