This is what’s so effing maddening about Democratic leaders. They continue to behave as if the present battle between reality and lunacy is a simple disagreement between two groups of decent folks who deep down inside want to do the right thing. They refuse to acknowledge the Right’s deliberate poisoning of discourse and its nurturing of stupidity and paranoia in their target electorate. Even much-admired Jean Psaki responds to a Fox stooge’s loaded bullshit questions as if they were legitimate queries.
Until prominent Dem figures (president, press secretary, VP, you know) start coming out and saying, “What you just said is utter bullshit and you should be ashamed of yourself to have said it,” weaponized ignorance will continue to pay. This is assuming that the propaganda war can still be won. With virtually all media controlled by fascist, libertarian, and center-right opinion shapers, it may already be too late.