That reminds me of a post/meme one of my family members posted a while back on FB:
The responses to this were (all by separate family members) - 1) I would, but I don't go to Starbucks. 2) I would, but I'm afraid that somebody would throw the coffee in my face. It is really hard being a Trump supporter these days. 3) It is so sad the country has come to this.
So, this particular situation went from telling Trump supporters to do something mean to non-Trump supporters by messing with them at one of their establishments. Then, assuming something would happen because you were doing so. And then being upset at those non-Trump supporters because they would be so awful. It's like, not only did we not actually do anything, but you guys are the ones hypothetically instigating the whole thing!
Lol that's a really good example of a similar kind of tendency. A big part of the appeal of authoritarians is dominance through submission, much of which plays out in the fevered imaginations of some deeply frightened and insecure people. The Internet and social media in particular have leveraged that to allow that kind of people to get all the self-pity and self-righteousness of feeling persecuted without the pesky day-to-day hassles of actual persecution. It really is crazy how immersing yourself in wholly imaginary or simulated conflicts can spiral into a perception that they DID happen, or might as well have.
The kicker is through this mindset the more objectively awful and divisive the authoritarian is, the more appeal siding with him has as the imaginary oppression points and "triggering" of perceived enemies ramps up, and his continuing to get away with it is seen as reinforcing the privileged status of the in-group (in this case mostly white male supremacy), where society is here to serve people like the authoritarian, not to restrict or punish them.