We have to remember that the Republicans aren't sincere. They aren't looking for real problems. They are inventing controversy wherever they can. It's impossible for Dems to go about their lives and not do anything the Republicans will distort for their purposes.
They are experts in propaganda, and we are trying to debate the issues. We are bringing knives to a gunfight. There needs to be serious research in anti-propaganda strategies. Yes, we must study how the propaganda is playing in the Republican bubble, but we shouldn't take a Republican "scholarly" article to seriously--they aren't dabbling in truth here. They just want to make the chaos they are creating our fault, when it is theirs.