Stop me if you've heard this: A Democrat running for and then elected president who doesn't fit the Conservative Movement's favored "weak on crime and defense, tax and spend liberal" narrative, so they ignore reality and invent their own narrative -- that he's a radical leftist who wants to usher in a police state (and his wife! What a harpy!)
They push that out through billionaire-funded conservative media and foundations, and press investigation after investigation -- both inside and outside of the government.
The 2004 fiim, based on the 2001 book.
Bill Clinton in 2004, speaking following a screening of the film. Worth listening to: