All you said was true, but that last line is the most important; the same people are employing those dishonest tactics; political "conservatives." The main body of so called "conservatives" are made up of christian extremists (creationists), climate change deniers, and right wing extremists. Anti intellectualism runs deep in that group.
Dave - Just a Man in the Mountains.
There is a cult of ignorance in the United States, and there always has been. The strain of anti-intellectualism has been a constant thread winding its way through our political and cultural life, nurtured by the false notion that democracy means that "my ignorance is just as good as your knowledge. Isaac Asimov