It’s the ultimate culmination of 40+ years of admittedly brilliant GOP strategy. They’ve managed to feed into the fears of a “disappearing America” (read: things are changing! scary!) and have basically brainwashed (mostly white) people into holding on to what they consider the values of the past that shouldn’t change.
From Nixon’s Southern Strategy to Reagan’s racism to the Tea Party’s inanity to Fox News objecting to literally anything Obama did all the way to Trump, the buildup has gone from holding on to the past to out-and-out attacking any opposition.
The only thing is, regressive policies have a shelf life, and the expiration dates are coming up sooner rather than later. If you look at basically any poll around the country, you can see the trends moving left–especially among people 40 and younger, and even more especially among minorities, which are becoming less and less “minor” (sorry) by the day.
Trump loves to shout “SILENT MAJORITY!” even though he and his ilk are very specifically a vocal minority. Their time will end. It’s just a matter of getting it to end as soon as possible before the judicial branch stays regressive for another generation or more.