A new national poll released Tuesday has found that a majority of the Republican Party is living in a strange and dangerous political fantasyland.
“Our new poll finds that [Donald] Trump is benefiting from a GOP electorate that thinks Barack Obama is a Muslim and was born in another country,” Public Policy Polling’s analysis said. “Sixty-six percent of Trump's supporters believe that Obama is a Muslim to just 12 percent that grant he's a Christian. Sixty-one percent think Obama was not born in the United States to only 21 percent who accept that he was.”
Not only did PPP’s analysis find that Trump’s lead was growing—it is now 29 percent—it also found that the second most popular Republican is one who has not criticized other candidates: retired neurosurgeon Ben Carson, who has 15 percent. The rest of the pack is all under 10 percent: Jeb Bush (9 percent), Carly Fiorina (8 percent), Marco Rubio (7 percent), Ted Cruz and John Kasich (6 percent), Scott Walker and Mike Huckabee (5 percent). Walker has fallen the most, compared to last winter when he was leading.
The biggest takeaway from the PPP pollis that a majority of the Republican Party’s base is living in a right-wing bubble where facts don’t matter—and it has become increasingly acceptable to publicly voice racist positions because the leading presidential candidate is modeling that behavior.
Not only did PPP find that a majority of Republicans believe the birther lie—that Obama was not actually born in Hawaii—but 51 percent of all Republicans polled want to amend the Constitution to eliminate birthright citizenship, which is granted to any person born on U.S. soil. Of Trump’s supporters, 63 percent want to eliminate that right, and a majority said undocumented children should be deported.
So these racists now have a standard bearer who is not only singing their favorite tune, but has now ridden to the top of the polls on the tsunami of their hatred.
And it does not does not appear that Trump is going away any time soon, as evidenced by the fact that he signed the totally non-legally binding pledge to not run as an independent if he loses the primary.
Like I said the poll really reveals nothing new, but it does provide ammunition for people like myself when making the claim that the driving force behind the Republican party is NOT doing away with taxes and reducing the size of government as they claim, but rather doing away with the black and brown people.
Or at the very least putting them back in their place, whether that place is across the border, or back on the plantation where they belong.
And Captain Comb-over has really done the country a service by bringing these wannabe KKK members to surface so that there is no denying their existence.