Voters Think Trump Is More Honest Than Clinton, According To Terrifying New Poll

Since Texas Sen. Ted Cruz and Ohio Gov. John Kasich dropped out of the Republican presidential race and known bigot Donald Trump obtained the target amount of delegates needed for the nomination, Trump is the de-facto GOP nominee. That fact alone paints this bit of news in a more troubling light: According to a recent poll by Rasmussen Reports, more voters think Trump is honest, than they do Clinton.  According to the report, “30% of all likely U.S. Voters think Trump is more honest than most other politicians. Just half as many (15%) think Clinton is more honest than most of her peers.”

In the Democratic race the pledged delegate count remains relatively competitive and front-runner Hillary Clinton has things locked up at the very least due to super delegates. While there are some pretty scary polls out there that show Trump with an edge over Clinton in a hypothetical general election face-off, this poll is even more alarming because anyone paying attention can see that it’s going to be Clinton vs. Trump.

It’s scary to think there’s actually a version of reality in which a man who has called Mexican immigrants “rapists” and criminals, and global warming a hoax by the Chinese could win against a woman who, for all her shortcomings in terms of progressiveness, is at the very least experienced and with maturity exceeding that of a six-year-old. But it’s even scarier to think more people find Trump more honest than the average American politician than they do Clinton.

First, let’s briefly take a stroll down memory lane and review some of the most terrible, and simultaneously inaccurate, claims made by Trump:

So, yeah, let that all sink in, and then let it sink in that a third of the electorate think these are the claims of an honest man. A third of the electorate think a man who outspokenly advocated for women who receive abortions to be punished, then adamantly denied ever saying this; who claimed the minimum wage was too high multiple times, and a month later, claimed he had always been a proponent for raising the minimum wage, find Trump more honest than most U.S. politicians.

It’s scary that they believe these claims by Trump and are so ignorant about the truth, and it’s also scary that the modern political system has managed to make so many Americans this cynical and disillusioned. From a progressive angle, this cynicism is directed at the tremendous power of lobbyists and “big money” in politics; from the angle of a Donald Trump supporter, this cynicism targets “political correctness,” aka basic respect allegedly holding back politicians from speaking the truth, aka spreading bigoted, unsubstantiated claims about marginalized groups.

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It’s shocking that 30 percent of voters find Trump more honest than most politicians, and it’s shocking that this percentage is dramatically higher than that of voters who think the same of Clinton, but it’s not exactly shocking that most voters are wary of Clinton, especially when it comes to her honesty. Let’s revisit, shall we?

 

Clinton’s track record and current tendencies and lack of transparency don’t exactly exude honesty, but at least she’s never made any outright bigoted claims or demanded to see President Obama’s birth certificate.

Yet here we are, with voters perceiving Trump as more honest than Clinton by a 2 to 1 margin. So, there you have it. Comedian Jake Flores called it on Twitter in February: 2016 is the last season of a real life comedy-horror series known as America and “the writers are just going nuts.” It seems like he might be right.