A new poll of voters, most of which focused on Trump and the Russia investigation, found that 57% of those who voted for Donald Trump still believe that Barack Obama was born in Kenya. He begrudgingly admitted in a one-sentence statement that Obama was born in Hawaii during the campaaign, after five years of being one of the loudest of the Birthers.
If you thought birtherism was over, you thought wrong.
Survey results released by YouGov Friday show that 51 percent of Republicans said they think former President Barack Obama was born in Kenya, compared to just 14 percent of Democrats. Perhaps unsurprisingly, respondents who voted for Donald Trump in the 2016 election were especially convinced of Obama’s African origins: Fully 57 percent said it was “definitely true” or “probably true” that the 44th president came from Kenya.
Is it really possible to maintain a functioning democracy when half the country believes such things? My answer is more and more one of despair than of hope. And it shows you the staggering power of propaganda, tribalism and information isolation. These people live in a different reality because they really are surrounded by almost nothing but constant lies and false facts — all while dishonestly accusing the other side of their own worst sins.