In their willingness to embrace fake news, alternative health advocates are no better than Trump supporters

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One of the most bewildering, depressing things about Trump supporters is their willingness to embrace complete lies offered to them as fake news.

As The Washington Post notes, despite a disasterous first month of the presidency, filled with huge blunders, outrageous lies, and feuds of his own making, Trump supporters think he is doing a great job.

[pullquote align=”right” cite=”” link=”” color=”” class=”” size=””]Do you believe in alternative health? Then you’re every bit as ignorant and gullible as Trump supporters.[/pullquote]

… They don’t understand why major media outlets don’t see the same successful administration they have been cheering on. And they’re increasingly frustrated that Democrats — and some Republicans — are too slow to approve some of the president’s nominees and too quick to protest his every utterance.

“They’re stonewalling everything that he’s doing because they’re just being babies about it,” said Patricia Melani, 56, a Jersey native who now lives here and attended her third Trump rally Saturday…

She blames the media for circulating “fake” stories about the president — like when she believed he was “very cool, wasn’t yelling” at a Thursday news conference, yet a CNN anchor described his behavior as “unhinged.”

Just about everyone who’s not a Trump supporter (and that’s the majority of the country) can’t understand what they see as ignorance and gullibility — ignorance about the truth and willingness, even desperation, to believe the endless stream of lies vomited forth by the Liar-in-Chief.

How can Trump supporters fail to see what USA Today wrote Trump’s first month in office:

In this short span, the new president has stumbled from one self-inflicted mess to another. The slapdash travel ban he instituted one week into his presidency has been exposed as both arbitrary and harmful to America’s national security interests. And the forced resignation of national security adviser Michael Flynn, amid reports of numerous contacts between Trump aides and Russian intelligence agents, has reignited concerns about the sanctity of last year’s election.

Other troubling developments include: a Cabinet nominee who withdrew before the Republican-controlled Senate could reject him; strained relations with Australia and Mexico, two reliable allies; a flawed military raid in Yemen; a torrent of leaks driven by high-level infighting; blatant conflicts of interest involving the first family; and a top general openly talking of the “unbelievable turmoil” in government.

In the midst of all this, the president insists with a straight face that his administration is “running like a fine-tuned machine” and focuses mostly on what he has always focused on: himself. He has obsessed about inaugural crowd sizes and barely existent voter fraud, picked infantile fights with critics, attempted to undermine the judiciary and the news media, and even disparaged a department store that discontinued his daughter’s line of fashion.

Think you are far more sophisticated than Trump supporters and could never be conned so easily? Then ask yourself if you believe in alternative health.

Yes? Sadly you’re every bit as ignorant and gullible as Trump supporters.

Are you afraid of vaccines?

Do you think cranio-sacral therapy works?

Do you take herbs or supplements that aren’t prescribed by a doctor to improve your health?

Do you fear toxins in food?

Do you spend money on detoxes?

Do you think homebirth is safe?

Do you use essential oils for health?

If you believe in any of this nonsense, you are no different than Trump supporters because you too believe fake news and for exactly the same reasons: You are desperate to pretend that there are simple, easy solutions to complex problems. You look at bad luck and prefer to imagine that you are the victim of a conspiracy. In short, you can’t handle the truth and rush to substitute it with a comforting fiction.

Those who believe in alternative health nonsense are no different than those who think there was a massacre in Bowling Green. And just like you can’t imagine how Trump supporters can be fooled so easily, those of us who have studied science, medicine and statistics can’t imagine how you could be so gullible.