“On Tyranny” author Tim Snyder, Yale historian, lays it out:
If you you want to rip the heart out of a democracy, you go after facts. That’s what modern authoritarians do.
Step 1: You lie. All the time.
Step 2: You say it’s your opponents and the journalists who lie.
Step 3: Everyone looks around and says: “What is truth? There is no truth.” Then resistance is impossible and the game is over.