ANALYSIS: MAJORITY OF TRUMP SUPPORTERS BELIEVE THAT THE “BOWLING GREEN MASSACRE” OCCURRED

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Do you think the Bowling Green Massacre justifies President Trump’s travel ban?

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.

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