Who ever said Republicans were rational? Because he is a Republican. It really is that simple. Yeah, but they don't see it; and they won't see it; they don't want to see it. The demise of the Fairness Doctrine in 1987 gave rise to the right-wing entertainment industry. It's very similar to Putin's propaganda machine right down to the scripted talk shows. Republicans are taught to ignore inconvenient facts and they do. They have their own set of “facts”. They have “alternative facts” i.e. fiction which they believe to be factual. And they just make shit up as needed, because they are in a war against "liberals", i.e. anyone who isn't a Republican, and the end justifies the means.