Election 2016

Conspiracy Nuts Voting for Trump, Study Finds

It's a match made in heaven, really.

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Call them what you like: conspiracy nuts; tin-foil hat wearers; truthers. However you label them, they’re pretty much in the tank for Donald Trump.

Social media analytics company Demographics Pro scoured social media sites and found that people who spend their time spewing paranoid theories and rants also tend to be Trump supporters. According to the study, which was covered by the Daily Beast, followers of Trump on Twitter are 4.2 times more likely than Hillary Clinton followers to tweet about the New World Order. In addition, almost 40 percent of those tweeting about #NewWorldOrder follow Trump; just 9.3 percent follow Clinton.

In case you’re unfamiliar, the NWO is a doozy of a conspiracy theory that news site the Quint helpfully explains thusly:

“The NWO is believed to be a global movement orchestrated by the globalists with the goal of world domination. The endgame is to prune the world’s population down to a manageable 10% of its current size; to enslave the people through a campaign of manufactured wars, false-flag terror attacks, artificially created pandemics, and poisoned drinking water to keep the masses dumbed down and pliable; a global LGBT movement to discourage reproduction, etc.”

All of these ideas are actively pushed by Infowar’s Alex Jones, a man who has dedicated his life to propagating—usually by yelling himself red in the face (see: this video)—every paranoid, insane theory that exists. (Gay people are being manufactured by the government; the pope is the Anti-Christ; Beyonce is a tool of the CIA.) So it follows that followers of Jones are also 4 times more likely to follow Trump than to follow Clinton. The study found 31.9 percent of those who follow Jones also follow Trump. Just 8 percent of Jones followers overlapped with Hillary followers.

A few more quick hits: Nearly 32 percent of people tweeting about #FalseFlag follow Trump, compared to just 10 percent who follow Clinton. Roughly 36 percent of people who follow Jesse Ventura follow Trump, while 16 percent subscribe to Hillary’s feed.

“We had a much larger list, but right down the line the correlation was pretty clear,” Corey McCarren of Demographics Pro told the Daily Beast. “It’s three to four times more people tweeting about conspiracies who follow Trump [than Clinton]. Illuminati was on there, too.”

It’s a bit of a chicken vs. egg situation when it comes to figuring out why Trump’s following is so filled with the conspiracy crazed. On the one hand, what used to be referred to as the right-wing fringe (but as it turns out, is just the Republican base) is full of those who thrive on fears of every variety, and that’s core to most of their conspiracy-based beliefs. On the other hand, Trump himself not only repeats this nuttery back to his crowds, he’s been a one-man conspiracy theory factory since before he joined the race, back in his birther days. Remember when he lied about American Muslims cheering the death tolls of 9/11? When he claimed Obama banned Christians while allowing Muslim immigrants passage into the U.S.? Recall the time Dr. Trump MD claimed the CDC was making up information about Ebola? Or when, just a week or so ago, he lied—and actually admitted to lying—about watching a video of the U.S. giving payoffs to Iranians?

Appearing on Meet the Press in March, when confronted about one of the many bullsh*t things he’s said, Trump responded with this defense: “All I know is what's on the internet."

So, the guy who relies on a digital world notorious for misinformation and disinformation, hoaxes and made-up half-truths, unverified rumors and urban legends, spreads whatever he finds there, regardless of the source, because he doesn’t care about its truthfulness and/or is too lazy to even bother with Snopes.

That explains everything. 

(Infographic via Demographics Pro)

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Kali Holloway is a senior writing fellow and the senior director of Make It Right, a project of the Independent Media Institute.