People who say that Trump supporters are "dumb" or anything similar just don't get it. They aren't dumber than the average Joe. But they listen to Fox and their echo-chamber all day long, and nothing else. I often listen to their radio nonsense and sometimes watch Fox to make sure I'm not missing something. It used to be that you actually did get once in a while a different perspective on some things. But now it's different. You simply step into a world separate from reality. So you get to understand why they say some of the things they do. And it's not because they're stupid. It's just... what they hear over and over. So they accept it as if it were fact. If you decide to watch Fox (or any of their echo chamber: Breitbart, Rush, Alex Jones, WND, ...) be prepared to have things that we know are false be presented as if they were obvious facts that are taken as a "given". You'll see Tucker Carlson or Hannity saying things like "now that we know that the Russia affair was a hoax". And you sit there wondering "when did we get to know that?" You don't get it. But you have only been there for a few minutes. They, on the other hand, have had hammered into their head that the Russia intervention in our elections was a "hoax". Mounted by our intelligence agencies which, for some reason, are under the control of Hillary or Obama or Geroge Soros or, ... I don't know, but some "hated" political figure who dares refuse bow to Trump. They don't actually think it over too much or try to iron out the contradictions in their heads. They just... accept it. So once they have convinced their audience that the Russia intervention was a hoax, it's easy to convince them that the Mueller report concluded that there was no collusion, no obstruction and Trump did nothing wrong. It's not like Trump supporters are going to actually read the Mueller report, like some of us did. So they'll believe anything that the Fox echo-chamber tells them about it. And once they have accepted the above, it's easy for them to conclude that Stone, Flynn, Manafort,... all of the mafia that Trump surrounded himself with, and has been found guilty of criminal activity in criminal courts, are the victim of "corrupt" judges and "corrupt" juries. So it all makes sense in their mind. But for this to work, they must not wander into real news. Therefore, they need to project into real news attributes that Fox is guilty of: being fake news. The problem is that sensible informed people think to themselves: "This is stupid. Only stupid people would believe it". And dismiss it with a shrug. They are wrong! They do believe it. And Fox doesn't need them to all be stupid. They just need them to all be uninformed. And they have proven how easily they can accomplish keeping a large enough portion of citizens uninformed.