Why GOP Voters Don’t Seem to Care About Facts

Paul Krugman asks why Republican voters don’t seem to care that the three most popular GOP candidates (Trump, Carson and Cruz) “have a habit of making false claims, then refusing to acknowledge error.”

“Well, part of the answer has to be that the party taught them not to care. Bluster and belligerence as substitutes for analysis, disdain for any kind of measured response, dismissal of inconvenient facts reported by the ‘liberal media’ didn’t suddenly arrive on the Republican scene last summer. On the contrary, they have long been key elements of the party brand.”

“Donald Trump as a political phenomenon is very much in a line of succession that runs from W. through Mrs. Palin, and in many ways he’s entirely representative of the Republican mainstream.”

“In case you’re wondering, nothing like this process has happened on the Democratic side … American political discourse as a whole hasn’t been dumbed down, just its conservative wing.”

Trump “isn’t someone who suddenly intruded into Republican politics from an alternative universe. He, or someone like him, is where the party has been headed for a long time.”

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