A Republican Election Clerk vs. Trump Die-Hards in a World of Lies [NYTimes] — Cindy Elgan has overseen elections in rural Nevada without incident for 20 years, but now even her neighbors wonder if she’s part of “the deep state cabal.”

Elgan is a Republican Trump supporter—or former Trump supporter—who flew a Trump campaign flag at her house in the 2020 election. The county went 85% for Trump. And yet Elgan’s MAGA neighbors, some of whom used to be her friends, are convinced she’s part of the Deep State conspiracy and are seeking to recall her.

There’s something deeper going on here than just “MAGAs be stupid.” Americans have lost faith in their institutions, because their institutions have betrayed them over and over, and so Americans lash out at the nearest target.