Tens of millions of Americans are just as defiantly ignorant and as stubbornly misinformed as Donald Trump -- suspicious of expertise and buying the word of an entertainment network over actual hard news.

For the last 50-plus years, the conservative movement has been busily working on developing just the right conditions that've led to the rise of, first, Dan Quayle, then George W. Bush, then Sarah Palin, and now, Donald Trump....

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