What word or phrase describes a person who invests in an enterprise that he knows is a scam or Ponzi scheme? Can the word or phrase refer to a person who votes for a politician who repeatedly tells known lies?

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    Can the word or phrase refer to a person who votes for a politician who repeatedly tells known lies? In the US, the technical term for such a person is Republican. – deadrat Mar 6 '16 at 6:50
  • @Rathony I think those other-than-idiots might be people who invest early in MLMs, in US penny stocks, and so on. They buy but don't expect to hold. – deadrat Mar 6 '16 at 6:53
  • @deadrat But they knew they could cheat others and make a fortune. I like your first comment, but some might not agree. :-) – user140086 Mar 6 '16 at 6:58
  • @Rathony Yes, they saw an opportunity for cheating, so perhaps invest has the wrong connotation for my comment. As for my first comment: Oh, dear! Did I write that out loud? A more neutral statement might be "the technical term is voter." – deadrat Mar 6 '16 at 7:09

I'm tempted to suggest sucker - a person who is easily tricked or deceived. But if a person knowingly does something stupid, then is he or she being tricked?

But if I'm just splitting hairs, then sucker might be a good choice.

As deadrat suggest, some people such as you describe could be called Republicans, but many others could be called Democrats, including the astonishingly clueless Obamabots.

In the political arena, the term sheeple pretty well covers conservatives and liberals alike.

Words like idiot, airhead and dimwit might work, but sucker has a connotation of being sucked in to a scam.

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