What Is Real? Republicans Won’t Even Believe Things the Trumps Admit

In the age of “fake news” and “alternative facts” what is real anymore? If you’re looking for a serious answer, avoid asking a Trump supporter.

Take the latest collusion scandal wherein Donald Trump Jr. met with a Russian lawyer connected to the Kremlin with the promise of receiving some dirt on Hillary Clinton. Though Trump Jr. downplayed the meeting initially, his story – let’s say “evolved” – to acknowledge more details as facts emerged.

Soon enough, Trump Jr. actually released the fairly damning email chain himself. He even admitted to attending the meeting – but Trump voters have yet to admit this very fact to themselves.

The latest Public Policy Polling (PPP) survey asked Trump voters whether Trump Jr.’s meeting with the Russian lawyer (and a host of other shady figures, we’d later learn) actually happened. Only 45 percent of the president’s supporters acknowledged that to be true. That means the majority of Trump voters either said it wasn’t true or claimed not to know.

Again, let’s remind everyone that Trump Jr. himself said the meeting happened, and also offered proof to substantiate that the meeting happened. At this point, there’s no good reason for conservatives – let alone a majority of them – to suggest that it didn’t or even might not have happened.

When other news that is critical of the First Family arises, Trump supporters might maintain some plausible deniability since the parties involved aren’t exactly confessing. In this case, though, how are voters able to justify the party line, “We believe the Trumps” when they’re still not even taking Trump Jr. at his word?

Recently, a study came out demonstrating that it’s not that Trump voters have trouble conceding when something is true, but that no matter how many lies Trump is caught telling, it didn’t change their willingness to vote for him.

However, this poll suggests something different – that when facts that completely disrupt the narrative people have created about their favored politicians, they toss them out for convenience’s sake, even when the involved parties don’t dispute the facts.

How deep does this loyalty run for the Trumps? Well, remember when Trump said he could shoot someone and not lose his supporters? PPP remembers that comment and asked about that in this same poll, too. Sadly, it turns out that Trump was right. Only 29 percent of Trump voters say they would “disapprove” if Trump were to randomly shoot someone.

For some more eerie poll numbers: the plurality of Trump voters think Russia wanted Clinton to win the election, only 24 percent of Trump voters think an investigation into Russia collusion is appropriate and 77 percent of Trump supporters think that if Trump is ultimately found guilty of colluding with Russia, he should be able to continue serving as president.

The partisanship in this country runs so deep that it now seems like a lost cause to try to change the opinions of most Trump voters. Simply put, they don’t want to know the truth and they’ll block out any information that might challenge their existing worldview.

Those who want to score political victories over Trump would be wise to spend less time pointlessly bickering with his base and instead focus on the moderates and people who sat out the previous election who might still listen to reason.

Photo Credit: Gage Skidmore

85 comments

Marie W
Marie Wabout a year ago

Thanks for sharing.

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Margie F
Margie FOURIE1 years ago

Okay

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Danuta W
Danuta W1 years ago

Thanks for sharing

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Brian F
Brian F1 years ago

David Y You can’t fix the problems in the Democratic party by only criticizing the low hanging fruit Trump and the Republicans. You also have to criticize Democratic crooks like Cory Booker and Patty Murray, who took $300,000 each as a bribe from big pharma and refused to support a Sanders/Klobachar bill to lower prescription drug prices, along with 10 other Democratic traitors. Corporations own both corrupt parties, and most of the Democrats like Diane Feinstein who took 2.1 million as a bribe from our criminal healthcare industry, are refusing to support Medicare for All, because they are bought and paid for by big pharma and our criminal healthcare industry like the Republicans. It is not destroying the Democratic party to point out it’s corruption, as you suggested, but rather to rebuild it. As others have pointed out to you, the Democrats can’t win by only criticizing this fraud Trump, without also pointing out the corruption in their own party. Your problem like many here seems to be that you want to dismiss any criticism of the Democrats and lump me and others in with David F and accuse me of being a Trump supporter when that’s not true.

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Rhoberta E
Rhoberta E1 years ago

david f
Exact same post 3 hours ago. Are you losing it even more?

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David Youmans
David Youmans1 years ago

Brian...

I pretty much agree with your post addressed to me here. We aren't going to accomplish that by destroying the Democratic party, but by reclaiming and reforming the party. In order to do that, we have to work from within the party, and not by spending every waking moment badmouthing that party.

That is central to everyone's issue with you here. You seem bent on destroying the party rather than getting inside and reforming it.

You can't fix something by breaking it...

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Lori Hone
Lori Hone1 years ago

People who support trump are complete idiots!

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john c
john casablanca1 years ago

David F. - I use to think you had half a brain and could comprehend the English language, now I know you are nothing but a ignorant rebel with nothing to do but sit on your ass and challenge everyone WITHOUT ANY PROOF. Trumpf has not been
found either innocent or guilty that is why there is an INVESTIGATION GOING ON. That is not a GENERALITY, except in all probability in your FEEBLE ASS brain, you
call a mind. It is quite obvious by your comments that you wish to be in the image of
your MASTER, TRUMPF - ALL BULLSHIT - NO PROOF. Go back to sleep, or are you awake and it is just your neurotic mind is asleep.
John C./Houston, Tx.

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Anne M
Anne Moran1 years ago

You can't make this stuff up... - Kinda like a Monty Python episode,, it just doesn't make any sense !!

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Philippa Powers
Philippa Powers1 years ago

Thanks.

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