If you’re reading this, the odds are very high that you don’t, since you know that the Bowling Green Massacre is not a thing. It never happened.
But half of Trump voters do think the non-existent massacre is a good justification for Trump’s executive order.
That’s per a new poll from Public Policy Polling, which asked voters this question: “Do you agree or disagree with the following statement: ‘the Bowling Green massacre shows why we need Donald Trump’s executive order on immigration?’”
And got this result, based on the candidate respondents voted for last fall:
If this kind of disconnect between Trump voters and reality sounds familiar, there’s a reason: Late last year, PPP asked people if they believed in Pizzagate, the (not true) conspiracy theory that Hillary Clinton was connected to a (non-existent) child-sex ring run out of a Washington, D.C. pizza restaurant. Half of Trump voters thought that one was true, or could be true.
The big difference here is that Pizzagate was a story birthed by the internet and distributed widely by Facebook, which made it a good example of the social network’s ability to misinform the public.