One of your more useful essays. They're not trying to gaslight us. It's that the WORDS have changed in meaning
The worst repurposing is "fake news." This started as a legitimate phrase to describe fabricated news stories from Russian troll farms, intended for dissemination on social media. But now the phrase refers to legitimate news stories that are critical of the administration.
I think these redefinitions are a bit too specific to the examples. I would probably say that "the rule of law" as used here isn't necessarily about illegal immigration specifically – it isn't really about anything specifically. It's defined in opposition, as "fighting 'lawlessness'" and protecting people against said lawlessness, and "lawlessness" is a property of things we don't like because when we don't like them, we write news stories about how they're lawlessly attacking our way of life. So, the rule of law can be about immigrants, about "inner cities", about all sorts of things.
Or the Freedom Caucus in the House is against freedom for anyone who isn't like them, the Tea Partyists.
"Freedom" is one of those words that the right has managed to co-opt, along with "patriotism," "flag," and many others. On Quora, I deliberately confuse people by referring to myself as a "Constitutional Progressive."
The thing that really bothers me about the their interpretation of "religious freedom" is that it is essentially religious oppression. If they have what they are calling religious freedom, then nobody else can. They think that, because they believe that, for instance, gay marriage is wrong, I shouldn't be allowed to practice my religion which involves the marriage of gay people. If their church wants to refuse to bless or recognize gay marriage, that is their prerogative. But, beyond this, they want to stop all other religions from blessing and recognizing gay marriage. This latter thing is the definition of "religious oppression", and the *exact* kind of thing that drove the protestants from England.