I am beginning to think the right wing’s appeal to low-information voters is actually a double-barreled dog whistle.
- They appeal to isms (race, sex, heterosex, class).
- And they tell lies - but NOT to be believed. No one, deep down, believes or even needs to believe the lies.
The lies serve a strange sort of meta-function. The more obvious lies, flip-flops, illogic, or non sequiturs you put over, the more loyal the voters know you are, and the stronger fighter you appear. They know you won’t put the facts before the cause.
They trust you. Not your lies, because they don’t have to. They know more lies will be told tomorrow, some even contradicting old lies. But they trust YOU, because they know you are willing to lie to them and for them.