I’m just having trouble believing they’re trying to confuse their own base so openly and obviously. Is there any other way to interpret this?[/QUOTE]
I'm far from expert on this issue, but consider that if someone wants power and has to distort and lie in order to seize/maintain it, why would they not mislead their own base who does not want to know they are being lied to?
Never linger too long with the ignorant,
throw stones at their talk.
Walk only with the lovers,
the mirror of the soul gets rusty when
dipped in muddy water.