I have to keep reminding myself, all the time, that conservatives are motivated primarily by fear. At the root of every conservative's ideology is fear, and particularly fear of change.
They fear our President, this brilliant, kind man who has deftly protected their interests better than any of their conservative heroes ever did.
They fear him not for any good reason, but because they simply cannot recognize a good person from outside of their own, quickly vanishing tribe.
These people are by and large good people, important and loved people who touch all of our lives. But like anyone else, when they are frightened their fear colors their words and actions, often in negative ways. These particular people simply lack the thinking skills they need to see that they are being manipulated.
They are frightened now, and they are acting like assholes as a result. As far as I can tell, saying anything to them at all merely frightens them more.
I think the next thing we Americans have to do for ourselves is to relentlessly and systematically extricate journalism from entertainment, so that these poor people are no longer fed fear-inducing propaganda and disinformation. Someone has to intervene on their behalf, in their interests, and out of their sight, because they will bat away any hand extended in friendship.