How Ireland has managed to protect itself from populism

Demagoguery has been kept at bay partially due to Irish journalistic standards

US president Donald Trump: Why do his supporters not care they are being lied to?  Maybe they consider him to be authentic rather than honest. Photograph: Doug Mills/New York Times

US president Donald Trump: Why do his supporters not care they are being lied to? Maybe they consider him to be authentic rather than honest. Photograph: Doug Mills/New York Times

Donald Trump has made more than 13,000 false or misleading claims thus far during his presidency. Yet his public approval ratings have stubbornly hovered somewhere between 35 per cent and 45 per cent. Even though Trump supporters are sensitive to corrections of his false claims, those corrections have no effect on supporters’ feelings or voting intentions.

Why do supporters of Trump seemingly not care that they are being lied to?

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