Yes, I think this.
I think the GOP sees Russia (among other things) as the savior of the white race:
I also believe that the GOP is working with Russia because they want a Putin-style oligarchy. They're being destructive on purpose because they want to tear down our institutions. https://terikanefield-blog.com/putin-and-trump/ …
I've also been arguing that the GOP accepts Trump's lies because they know they're destructive.
Some of the base probably believe the lies. The more sophisticated members knowingly embrace lies.
I wrote about that here: https://slate.com/news-and-politics/2018/10/trump-lies-kavanaugh-khashoggi.html …
Cohen talked about that yesterday.
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