Conway, Spicer and their propaganda master Bannon know exactly what they are doing: trumpet totally false information that will fire up their base and fuel the flames of fear of "the other." Then, just like Conway recently did about the specious Iraqi BS, back off with a dog whistle "apology" without really apologizing. But they accomplished what they set out to do: fool the hopelessly foolish and ignorant while glorifying their Prevaricator-in-Chief galloping down Pennsylvania Avenue on a white steed saving Americans from....?????
A page out of Goebbels playbook.
Propaganda in itself had a 3-fold focus:
Deification of Trump (e.g. as a messianic figure to be
Defining the enemy and justifying their treatment (e.g. targeting
Muslims and non-whites)
Rallying the masses (for tyranny, supporting invasions into sovereign nations)
"The first duty of the propagandist is to win over people
who can subsequently be taken into the organization. And the
first duty of the organization is to select and train men who will
be capable of carrying on the propaganda. The second duty of
the organization is to disrupt the existing order of things and
thus make room for the penetration of the new teaching which
it represents, while the duty of the organizer must be to fight
for the purpose of securing power, so that the doctrine may