I applaud your optimism but people that spout the non stop easily disprovable garbage hes repeatedly spouted dont want facts, they dont care. CNN, ABC and even MSNBC do a pretty good job fighting back and fighting misinformation but the people that need to see that stuff simply dont, the other side is their simply dismissed by the coined term of the infant orange orangutan "Fake News" which essentially means any story they dont like or dont agree with and much like many of his idiotic buzz words his donkeys lap them up... replacement theory is just another one. But back on track these people are far too beyond help just read his response, theres no accountability theres no acceptance or even an attempt to learn its just double down. Sounds familiar yes? The Republican party almost in a nutshell these days.
I wholeheartedly agree with you and I think it was Bill Maher that said the number one problem with disinformation is noone fact checks anymore - hes partially right in that far too many people see something on Fox News for example and just dont think for themselves and take it as truth. They dont do any research themselves or question anything that sounds outlandish because Fox doesnt give a flying fuck about news and most of their consumers arent even aware or understand they barely report any news. The other side of this is what you bring up, it was just like when the idea of Trump running was floated. Most people thought it was a joke and he'd never make it. He did far more then that and ended up being essentially a lightning rod for the nutjobs and bigots and racists. Its to the point where they cant be ignored anymore as they are too large of a movement and too many moving parts now.
Tbh the Dems should have been able to crush them but their far too weak but thats another discussion im just ranting now.