Chuck Todd Faces Backlash After Touting Letter Mocking Christian Trump Supporters

MSNBC’s Chuck Todd is facing pushback for touting a letter to the editor that claims religious people who believe in ‘fairy tales’ like Noah’s ark support President Trump because they ‘want to be lied to.’


WashingtonExaminer reports Chuck Todd highlighted a letter to the editor that claimed anyone who believes in “fairy tales” such as the Biblical story of Noah’s ark supports the president during a special ripping President Trump.

Todd used the full hour on Sunday’s Meet the Press to discuss disinformation campaigns, which he compared to Trump propaganda. As part of the special, he referenced a letter to the editor of the Lexington Herald-Leader by David Bowles. In the letter, Bowles claimed people only support Trump because they believe his “fairy tales.”

“The question of the decade is: Why do people support President Donald Trump? We all know why white supremacists do, that is obvious. But why do good people support Trump? It’s because people have been trained from childhood to believe in fairy tales,” Bowles wrote.

He later continued, “The more fairy tales and lies he tells, the better they feel. Trump is a master liar who knows what makes people feel good and that is what he goes with. […] Show me a person who believes in Noah’s ark and I will show you a Trump voter. There are multiple solid scientific reasons the ark did not happen. Some people learn this and some don’t, and those who don’t will accept Trump. But can the world survive on fairy tales?”

Todd called the letter a “fascinating attempt to try and explain why some people support President Trump” and suggested that perhaps “voters want to be lied to” sometimes.

New York Times executive editor Dean Baquet and Washington Post executive editor Marty Baron responded to the letter by pushing back on the accusation that voters “want to be lied to” and by explaining that the president’s supporters deserve respect from the media.

“We can’t dismiss everybody that supports Donald Trump,” Baquet said. “I think we have to get out in America much more than we do and talk to people.”