Michael McFaul nailed it yesterday:
When Trump says “people are saying” or “everyone knows” or “you all know”, it is a sure tell that no one ever said it.
It’s his manipulation-propaganda tell.
All of this is just proof that if you play into people’s prejudices directly enough and know your audience, people will believe anything, and they won’t even care if you’re not that great at hiding your tracks.
The Russian FSB, SVR, and GRU (G.U.) all understand even better than we ourselves do where the resentments and fissures in American society lie, as sometimes only an outsider, ironically, can.
Likewise, President Banana is a master at knowing the resentments of his supporters.