Since the “stop calling white supremacists the alt-right” has been covered so much can we also stop saying that Trump and these assholes are spreading “fake news.” Let’s just call it what it is: propaganda.
During Trump’s whole campaign him and his minions were saying shit that was touted as “fake news,” but they knew exactly what they were doing. The fact is that millions of people aren’t going to look at this as fake news - they’re going to look at it as truth and that’s precisely what they wanted. Now that he’s president-elect, this is continuing and he’s hiring people into his cabinet that do the exact same thing. What are we seeing these people talking about and posting to their social media? Made up articles attacking Muslims, immigrants, POC, LGBT+ Planned Parenthood, etc. We’ve all seen it and we can see how quickly an article with no basis in fact can get shared a million+ times over Facebook and Twitter.
And a lot of us write it off, especially when it comes to Trump, that these people are “just stupid” and they don’t know what they’re talking about. We think it’s funny to laugh at but let’s really look at what he’s doing. Take the “Three million illegal votes,” claim that Trump’s been touting since the election. Again, this has absolutely zero facts to back it up but it didn’t stop people from repeating the same thing - average citizens and politicians. It didn’t stop it from news stations to display headlines like “Trump Claims Three Million Illegal Votes Were Casted.” It didn’t stop it from being the subject of debate on the news. And the claim has now successfully done it’s job, it made people question the way we vote.
Trump has made it clear that he wants to go after voting rights. He talked about this before he was elected and we’ve seen proof that this is something he’s going to go after once he takes office. What better way to do this than to make half the country believe that his actions are just? The more people concern themselves with voter fraud (based on the misinformation he helped spread) the easier it is to have support when you want to enact stricter voter ID laws and other actions that lead to mass voter disenfranchisement.
How can we believe they’re spreading false and dangerous “news” on Muslims or immigrants when this upcoming administration has made it crystal clear of their intentions? They know what they’re doing, don’t fall for it and don’t let it go unchecked.