Republican voters appear to be trapped in a kind of “Earth Two,” MSNBC’s Joy Reid quipped Friday. It’s a parallel universe where up is down, black is white, and Hillary Clinton and the Democrats are guilty of collusion with Russia, even though Donald Trump’s associates are being investigated.
What got Reid going? A clip played by MSNBC’s “All In” host Chris Hayes of White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders reacting to indictments Monday against three former Trump campaign associates, including onetime campaign chairman Paul Manafort.
“Today’s announcement has nothing to do with the president, has nothing to do with the president’s campaign,” Sanders said Monday. “The real collusion scandal ... has everything to do with the Clinton campaign.”
“I call it ‘Earth Two,’” Reid explained.
“On Earth One, Donald Trump is in trouble because of Russia ties during his campaign,” she said.
“On Earth Two, none of that is true. That’s all just a hoax, and Hillary Clinton is the one with ties to Russia and everything true about Trump is really true about Clinton. They’re so thorough in this narrative and they’re so disciplined about it and it’s so consistent across all conservative media. And studies have shown that people with a conservative bent are more likely to only consume a small number of conservative media.”
The truth-shifting strategy seems to be working, at least among Trump supporters, noted Hayes. Last month, Public Policy Polling found that 41 percent of Trump backers believed that Russia wanted Clinton to win the presidential election. As of Tuesday, 56 percent believed the Kremlin preferred Clinton. U.S. intelligence agencies have determined that Russia attempted to sway the electorate toward a Trump victory.