They do not like many local voting officials or people who take part in large-turnout elections. They do not like former vice president Mike Pence, former attorney general William P. Barr or many other officials who served in the last administration (from FBI Director Christopher Wray to former defense secretary Jim Mattis to former cybersecurity chief Christopher Krebs).
They really do not like immigrants — even when they are legal. They do not like international organizations (e.g. NATO, the World Health Organization and the International Monetary Fund).
They do not like a long list of Republicans in the House and Senate, ranging from Rep. Liz Cheney (R-Wyo.) to Sens. Mitt Romney (R-Utah), Richard Burr (R-N.C.) and Pat Toomey (R-Pa.). Even the GOP heroes of the past often make the enemies list: President Ronald Reagan (for his immigration policies), President George W. Bush (for his spending) and Sen. John McCain (for his decency). (All of these are now cited favorably for one position or another — by Democrats.)
They do not like spending money for such things as foreign aid, food assistance, state and local government, caregivers, electric vehicles or really any infrastructure project you cannot drive your car on. They do not like deficits (when Democrats are in the White House) or tax hikes on corporations and the rich.
You get my point. Not only have Republicans jettisoned policy and governance for cultural memes, but they seem to have decided that what binds them together is a list — a really, really long list — of common enemies. It is hardly surprising that a party dedicated to reverting to a time when White males dominated every aspect of society resents or even detests much of the modern world. It’s hard to miss what they mean when they declare they do not “recognize” America any longer.
Just about anything and anyone that reminds Republicans that much of society no longer shares their worldview and that they cannot rely on systematic advantages of race and gender to maintain power becomes their enemy. In turn, they cast themselves as the victims of all these “radical” people, forces, ideas and institutions. Hence, they retreat to a parallel media and political universe free from facts. (And many educated in elite universities who believe none of this hogwash have figured out how to gain fame and fortune pandering to those who do.)
While frightful and depressing, this phenomenon of a permanently alienated, furious and irrational segment of Americans should inspire the rest of us to remain engaged in the real world and to fulfill the obligations of responsible citizenship. Who else is going to stand up for democracy and reality?