Trump’s tie grip on Republican Politicians has turned esteemed elected officials into feckless pushovers
You might wonder how American democracy can survive when the Republican party embraces fake news, conspiracy theories, and Trump lies. But it’s not just the Republicans who are to blame. The mainstream media has also been complicit in spreading fake news, and they need to be called out for it.
The Republican Party’s embrace of fake news has not only infected democracy; it has been a virus that continues to spread throughout multiple channels for getting information.
1. They’re spreading fake news on social media.
2. They’re embracing conspiracy theories.
3. They’re supporting Trump even when he lies.
These things erode trust in American institutions, including the government and the media. And that’s a problem because democracy depends on an informed populace.
When a party embraces conspiracy theories and Trump’s lies, it erodes people’s trust in the government and its institutions. It makes it harder for society to have honest conversations about the country’s critical issues. And that’s not good for anyone. Americans need to be able to trust their government if they’re going to make progress on things like healthcare, climate change, and immigration.
You might wonder why the Republican Party has embraced fake news wholeheartedly. And the answer is not complicated. Part of the deplorable scheme is taking advantage of how social media has changed how people get their information. It’s become much easier for people to share articles without verifying their accuracy, which the Republicans have used to their advantage. They know that many of their supporters will only get their information from Fox News, Breitbart, News Max and other right-wing propaganda machines, and they’re happy to feed them fake news stories that support their agenda.
But it’s not just about disseminating fake news. The Republicans also believe that conspiracy theories help them stay in power. They know that if they can convince their supporters that there’s a conspiracy against them, they’ll be more likely to remain loyal to the party. And then there’s Trump himself, who is the very definition of a habitual liar that has been traffic’s misinformation whenever it suits him.
So is democracy in America doomed? Probably not. But it’s definitely under threat, and everyone will need a concerted effort to keep it alive.
The Impact of Donald Trump’s Lies on American Democracy has many questioning its daily existence. Trump’s lies have corrupted once free-thinking career Republican politicians and brainwashed the minds of the easily malleable to the point of lunacy. He’s been able to get away with it because so many Republicans are willing to believe his lies without doing any fact-checking. They’ve become so blinded by partisan bias that they’ve ignored the truth.
That’s not the way democracy is supposed to work. In a democracy, society is supposed to be able to trust its leaders to tell them the truth. But that’s no longer the case with Trump’s dismal time in office and the feckless Republicans in the Senate and House; their concern remains party over country.
Even more disturbing is that many Republicans continue to defend Trump’s lies. They’re trying to make excuses for him and saying it’s okay to lie because he’s doing it for the country’s good. But this kind of thinking is wrongheaded and dangerous. It’s a slippery slope, and if Americans don’t stand up to it now, the country will be no better off than those of third-world dictators that install corrupt, secular dictatorships masquerading as democratic governments.
It’s time for Republicans to stop supporting Trump and his lies and many tentacles of misinformation and start working to rebuild its democracy. They need to fight back peacefully, unlike the terrorist attack on January 6 at the U.S. Capitol, which the Republicans call peaceful political discourse. It’s time to educate yourself and your family about the dangers of fake news. Support credible news sources like the Daily Scrum News, and avoid spreading fake news yourself. Speak out against fake news when you see it and contact your representatives and let them know that you’re concerned about the impact of fake news on American democracy.
The future of the country depends on it.