One of the biggest issues I face when dealing with Republicans isn’t debating the best way to go about running this country, it’s dealing with people who don’t believe basic and indisputable facts. It’s really difficult to have an adult conversation with someone about complex political issues when you can’t even get to that point in a discussion because they refuse to believe indisputable and easy to verify facts.
That’s the sort of mindset I constantly encounter; people who refuse to believe anything unless they hear it directly from the right-wing media. That’s a serious problem when many aspects of the conservative media simply refuse to report facts.
Take for instance a recent survey I came across that showed only 29 percent of Republicans believe that President Obama was born in the United States. Here we are, nearly seven years into his presidency, and less than one-third of Republicans believe he was born in this country. Essentially, 71 percent of Republicans apparently believe that President Obama faked two forms of his birth certificate. It could be entirely possible that they’ve been so woefully informed by the conservative media that they’re not even aware that he’s provided two forms of his birth certificate to the public.
But it gets even better. In that same survey, more than 40 percent of Republicans believed Sen. Ted Cruz was born in the United States. Of course, that’s not true – Cruz was born in Canada.
So, more Republicans believe Ted Cruz was born in this country (even though he wasn’t – and he will fully admit to that fact) than believe President Obama was born here – the individual who’s provided two forms of his birth certificate proving he was born in this country.
To me, this just perfectly personifies Republican stupidity and ignorance.
Not only does it show that the overwhelming majority of Republicans still don’t even know (or believe) the indisputable fact that President Obama is a United States citizen who was born in Hawaii, but nearly half aren’t even aware that a leading figure in their own party wasn’t actually born in this country.
It should also come as no surprise that in that same survey, 54 percent of Republicans believe the president is a Muslim.
And these are the people who often call President Obama an idiot? Please.
It’s like I’ve said plenty of times before, I just can’t take these people seriously anymore. These numbers literally show that more than half of the Republicans in this country honestly believe President Obama is a Muslim who wasn’t born in the United States.
It’s no wonder Donald Trump is the leading Republican presidential candidate.
Sadly, I’m sure none of the information in this survey shocks anyone. The Republican party has been pandering to the lowest rungs of society for years and now we’re finally seeing those people take over the GOP. From Trump as their leading presidential candidate, to conspiracies about Jade Helm being a plot to declare martial law, the Republican party seems to have fully embraced the label of “the party of stupid.”