Move over media: Republicans trust Donald Trump for Ukraine news more than journalists, government sources

When it comes to finding out what is happening with the Ukraine-Russia conflict, Republicans are more than twice as likely to trust information from former President Donald Trump than they do any news or government sources.

According to a new CBS News/YouGov poll, conducted April 9-12, just 27 percent of Republican respondents trust what the State Department has to say on the battle between Ukraine and Russia. And only 33 percent believe the journalists who are reporting from the war zone.

But a whopping 79 percent of Republican respondents trust the information they get about the conflict from Trump.

“Following Trump, the Pentagon had 60 percent of the Republican respondents’ trust, followed by conservative media, with 56 percent of Republicans’ trust,” according to The Hill.

It isn’t exactly a surprising finding.

From the outset of Moscow’s move into Ukraine, propaganda has flooded the news.

Anyone who dares to question Ukraine’s ability to beat Russia or the billions of dollars the United States is sending to Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy’s corrupt government has been labeled — by both Democrats and war-mongering neocon RINOs — as a “Putin puppet.”

Recently, House Foreign Affairs Committee Chair Michael McCaul (R-Texas) warned, “Russian propaganda has made its way into the United States, unfortunately, and it’s infected a good chunk of my party’s base,” according to The Hill. “House Intelligence Committee Chair Mike Turner (R-Ohio) last week agreed with McCaul, saying his remarks were ‘absolutely true.'”

“We see directly coming from Russia attempts to mask communications that are anti-Ukraine and pro-Russia messages, some of which we even hear being uttered on the House floor,” Turner said.

Speaking Sunday on CBS News’s “Face the Nation,” McCaul noted that Trump has yet to endorse an aid package that includes aid for Ukraine.

“That’s precisely why the Speaker went down to Mar-a-Lago, [to] talk to him about the Ukraine package,” McCaul said of Speaker Mike Johnson’s meeting with the former president. “To get him to agree.”

Trump “has tremendous influence over my conference,” McCaul said, “and that’s why it’s important why we have these discussions with him.”

“The poll published on Sunday also revealed a sharp divide among parties on whether the U.S. should send weapons/military aid to Ukraine,” The Hill reports. “About three-quarters of Democrats (74 percent) say the U.S. should, while only 30 percent of Republicans agree. Independents are split exactly down the middle, with 50 percent saying the U.S. should send weapons/military aid and 50 percent saying the U.S. should not.”

On X, many users say the media only has itself to blame.

“And it’s not that Trump is so trustworthy,” said one user. “It’s just that is how bad the media is with its propaganda.”

Melissa Fine

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