Shortly after President Obama's inauguration, a vile prankster named James O'Keefe released a series of fraudulent videos alleging to show how the community organizing group ACORN was engaged in voter fraud. The videos were aired practically around the clock on Fox News and throughout the conservative entertainment complex, and eventually members of Congress seized upon the controversy in order to push for the de-funding of ACORN.
The problem? The videos were fake. Indeed, fact-checkers up and down the internet thoroughly debunked the videos, but it was too little too late. The lie had already become the truth inside the bubble, so congressional Republicans successfully blocked funding for ACORN and, in the process, bankrupted the organization, which filed for Chapter 7 liquidation in 2010.
The Republicans, however, continued to demonize the group as if it still existed by continuing to vote on legislation to de-fund the group after it was already dead. Worse, throughout the 2012 election, the GOP continued to engage in a whisper campaign about ACORN tampering with that year's election.
Now, six years after ACORN ceased to exist, a new PPP poll of North Carolina Trump supporters proves that the myth is still alive.
40% of Trump voters think that ACORN (which hasn't existed in years) will steal the election for Clinton. That shows the long staying power of GOP conspiracy theories.
Again, that's 40 percent -- two out of every five Trump voters believe that ACORN still exists and is therefore plotting to rig the 2016 election in favor of Hillary Clinton. To repeat: ACORN doesn't exist, except in the twisted noggins of Trump's people.
Likewise, 69 percent of Trump supporters believe that if Trump loses, it'll be because the election was rigged by ACORN and other allegedly nefarious groups. Only 16 percent believe that Hillary will have won fair-and-square.
48% of Trump voters think that Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton deserve the blame for Humayun Khan's death to 16% who absolve them and 36% who aren't sure one way or the other (Obama was in the Illinois Legislature when it happened.)
Obama was, of course, a state senator from Illinois at the time, and hadn't yet delivered his ground-breaking convention speech that placed him in contention for the presidency four years later. So, then, how... why...? Clearly, they don't know, nor do they care about details like this one: Obama Wasn't President In 2004.
The level of self-deception is staggering.
Even though Trump ended up admitting it didn't exist 47% of his voters say they saw the video of Iran collecting 400 million dollars from the United States to only 46% who say they didn't see the video. Showing the extent to which the ideas Trump floats and the coverage they get can overshadow the facts, even 25% of Clinton voters claim to have seen the nonexistent video.
Yes, half of Trump people think they watched a video that absolutely wasn't aired like Trump said. But Trump said it exists, so it exists. (The Clinton voters? I have no idea.)
Perhaps an explanation for the obvious delusion is this: Trump's loyalists want to believe their hero is telling the truth so badly they're repeating the lie just to stand in solidarity with Trump. Nearly half of Trump people don't want to admit that their leader is a liar and, more saliently, they don't want their guy to be a loser, hence the ACORN crap. They're willing to delude themselves before they're willing to renounce their candidate as a fraud. That right there is loyalty. Scary loyalty.
One last thing, speaking of scary:
Trump said last week that Hillary Clinton is the devil, and 41% of Trump voters say they think she is indeed the devil to 42% who disagree with that sentiment and 17% who aren't sure one way or the other.
I just don't even...