The game theory that explains our country’s mass psychosis

There are some stories that just make you want to send everyone involved to their rooms to have a good long think about their behavior. The saga of the Trump T-shirt That Shook Houston is definitely one of those.

The shirt was worn to a local shop by a 14-year-old girl in March. While she and her friends were standing in line, a woman waiting behind them started shouting, “Grab ’em by the p—y!” and “MAGA!”

This being 2018, the girl’s mother went straight to social media. It soon emerged that the woman who had harassed the girls was a local City Council member, Kellye Burke.

Thus far, it’s a wearily familiar story: the obnoxious initial offense, followed by an outpouring of social-media hate onto the target-of-the-moment. Then some of the parents decided Burke had not been avid enough in proffering a private apology. That’s when they called the police.