“Ever since Raygun ascended the throne four decades ago the GOP’s mission has been to disinform.”
Yea, it didn’t start with Trump.
But as is frequently the case with liberal criticism, the author lays most of the stress on the power of right wing parties and media mouthpieces to disinform implicitly passive masses.
The author’s big picture devotes little space to considering what is stated in one passage only:
the idea that the US right is boosted by “anti-elite and anti-establishment sentiment among less-educated, economically insecure whites who have been left behind by neoliberal, globalist-oriented economic policies embraced by the Democratic Party.”
Of course there is a strong argument for the above.
But even this formulation focuses narrowly on ‘swing-voting whites’ - not the impact of the Democratic Party’s failure to represent policies most citizens favor; a failure which, arguably, causes a much broader swath of low income people of color, the young, and older progressives to stay at home, to disengage.