For many years now, we've talked about how Fox News viewers and conservative talk radio listeners are hopelessly brainwashed -- trapped in a marketing and propaganda bubble designed to exploit the kneejerk rage of upper-middle-aged white men who resent that it's not 1957 any more.
Consequently, we have a not insignificant chunk of the voting population that's more ensconced in fantasy land than most. While there are those on the left who are untethered from reality, statistically speaking, the right is much more willing to rubber-stamp their party no matter what happens. A recent comparison of partisan voters on the right and left showed that Democrats tended to disagree with their own party far more often than Republicans. Following Trump's botched air-strike against Syria, Brian Beutler observed:
Today, most Democrats are similarly apprehensive. Only 37 percent back President Trump’s weekend bombing campaign. Republicans, by contrast, have had a near-total change of heart. The same Washington Post-ABC News poll finds that 86 percent of Republicans support the strikes, suggesting that a huge number of them based their decision on the proxy of who happened to be president at the time.
Negative partisanship—the observable effect that antipathy to the other party has on public opinion—seems, like everything else in U.S. politics, to be asymmetric between the parties. Republicans are the key drivers of it.
In other words, Democrats were mostly opposed to action in Syria, regardless of whether there was a Democratic president calling for the attack. Republicans, on the other hand, were opposed to the attack when Obama was proposing it, but now support the attack because it was Trump who called the shot. Likewise, Republicans have a significantly better view of the economy now that Trump is president, whereas Democrats have roughly the same view regardless of who's president.
It turns out that Trump supporters might be the worst offenders when it comes to supporting their guy no matter what -- going so far as to deny the existence of actual confessions by Trump and, in this case, his son, Donald Junior.
Public Policy Polling (PPP) previewed a breathtaking statistic from their forthcoming poll results:
Yeah, so it appears as if a majority of Trump voters don't believe that Junior met with Russian government operatives even though Junior, as well as the president himself, confessed that the meeting took place. He not only confessed, but he did so in writing.
Further verifying the meeting, Trump tweeted about it today, making it seem as if the obvious collusion was politics-as-usual.
While we're here, it's more than a little hilarious to see the president and his fanboys on Fox News defending this meeting as if it was no big deal -- as if there aren't countless other reports illustrating the broader extent of the Trump-Russia conspiracy to hijack the 2016 election. Even if Junior's meeting was nothing (it's not nothing -- it's treason), there are so many other fronts in this story, many of which are being actively pursued by congressional committees and, naturally, the special counsel and his team of "untouchables."
Don't be shocked if you overhear Trumpers denying the roundness of the Earth, or denying that humans can't breathe under water. When a majority of Republican Trump voters are this detached from objective reality, especially knowing that reality, or a version of reality, has been confirmed by their own guys, including Trump, they're willing to believe or disbelieve anything. Are they unaware of the confession? Maybe. It's unclear whether Fox News is spending much time on the story, given how the confession is what it is -- concrete verification of a criminal conspiracy to meddle with the election and beyond.
But if they're aware of the confession and yet refuse to accept it, it proves that around half of Trump's voters are completely delusional and disconnected from reality. It also indicates that it'll be nearly impossible for any of them to be redeemed and returned to sanity.