Quite common, especially in the 21st century, has been a left-wing, hysterical style of
inventing scandals and manipulating perceived tensions for political advantage, such as the COVID crisis. Sometimes real, sometimes hyped crises lead to these contrived left-wing hysterias—like the January 6 violent “armed insurrection” or the “fascist” “ultra-MAGA” threat. Otherwise, the progressive movement cannot enact its unpopular agendas. So it must scare the people silly and gin up chaos to destroy its perceived enemies—any crisis it can.