I don't believe that Trump loves those people. He loves that they love him. Carlson paints a simplistic picture of two sides who hate each other and, with his hand on the scale, gives one side a pass. The opiate crisis, as with the pandemic, merely demonstrates how weak, divided, and dysfunctional our society has become. Playing the two-sided blame game does nothing to improve the situation.
Small towns used to have the ability to assess their problems and address them. Somewhere along the way, this civic sense evaporated. For instance, how was the opioid crisis allowed to fester for so long before it was even noticed? Was everyone too busy to say anything? Where were the churches? The Lions? The Rotarians?
Meanwhile, on the other end of the spectrum, the people in power were so devoted to laissez faire economics that they wouldn't do a thing to disturb the endless flood of money going to the pharmaceutical giants, because, after all, profits are good. So yeah, there are shreds of truth in Carlson's message but he leaves out a lot of the complicated stuff, and just tells one side what they wish to hear β a classic propaganda technique.