It’s not exactly a secret to most of us on the left that the Republican party is built on lies, misinformation and blatant propaganda. This is the party that comically preaches garbage like “guns don’t kill people” and that the best way for the middle class to grow is to give the rich massive tax cuts. While the GOP is considered a political party, I view it more like a politically religious cult which I’ve coined with the title of “Republicanity.”
In fact, I’ve argued for a while (long before Donald Trump’s rise to the top of the presidential ladder) that the more a Republican lies, the more popular they’ll become with conservative voters. The truth is, most conservatives seemingly couldn’t care less about facts. What these folks want is someone who’s going to tell them what they want to hear – whether or not what they’re being told is actually true.
Most people reading this have probably heard of non-partisan fact checking site Politifact. It’s a website that rates various comments by six categories: True, Mostly True, Half True, Mostly False, False and Pants on Fire.
Well, I went to the scorecards for all four Republican presidential candidates to calculate how honest or dishonest they are. As I’ve done in the past, I combine the ratings for True/Mostly True to calculate how “honest” a candidate is. Then I take the Mostly False/False/Pants on Fire statements and combine those three to come up with “dishonest.” I disregard “Half True” because typically the comment could have gone either way so the results are sometimes highly subjective.
Well, ranking from last to first in current delegate count, this is what I found:
4. John Kasich:
- Honest: 50%
- Dishonest: 32%
3. Marco Rubio:
- Honest: 36%
- Dishonest: 42%
2. Ted Cruz:
- Honest: 21%
- Dishonest: 65%
1. Donald Trump:
- Honest: 7%
- Dishonest: 77%
Amazing, isn’t it?
Quite literally the order each candidate currently ranks by the number of delegates and states they’ve won is a direct reflection to how dishonest each candidate is.
So it makes perfect sense that Donald Trump is the overwhelming frontrunner, because nearly everything he says is a lie. Though what’s even more ironic is one of the top things his supporters list about him when asked why they support him is that “he’s honest and tells it like it is.”
No, he doesn’t.
Trump is single-handedly proving that most Republicans couldn’t care less about facts or reality. In fact, if you show his supporters this article, it won’t impact their feelings on him at all. Chances are they’ll dismiss Politifact as “liberally biased” and go along their merry way believing everything that comes out of his mouth. They really don’t care. That’s why I’ve said Trump isn’t a presidential candidate – he’s a cult leader. The only “truth” his supporters believe is what comes out of his mouth – and that’s almost never the truth. Of course, this is extremely dangerous considering he’s a leading presidential candidate.
But the same goes for Ted Cruz. While his numbers are “better,” they’re still awful. Even Marco Rubio’s aren’t all that great. The only one with even remotely respectable scores is John Kasich, which is probably why he’s dead last in this race: He doesn’t lie nearly as much as the other three.
It is telling of the current state of the Republican party that I went into this hypothesizing that current delegate counts would match how much of a liar they are – and that’s exactly what I found with their Politifact scorecards.
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