… if when ‘the poor’ you fight for challenge you, you tell them it’s because they are too thick to understand their own lives and history, you lose. Immediately. And when groupthink maintains that you ensure your place ‘fighting for’ them, that group is pretty done and dusted. If you are part of a media and political network that reinforces that on your behalf, they also lose. We don’t have to do anything. You do it yourself. That’s how it works.
When you ask people to deny their own existence to suit your needs, that is gaslighting. Gaslighting being the denial of abuse that is evident. In a very abusive political climate.