"Meanwhile, the Republicans shifted so far to the right that they went completely off the spectrum. "
The host should have had sense enough to say to that, and a number of other complete blind assertions , "Well, it's a complete matter of assumption and opinion whether that actually happened. But, do go on..." But, she didn't.
And the rest of his response is largely a matter of trying to judge people's intents, instead of judging what they actually DID. Words like "pretend" and "trick".
And lastly, picking up blocks of voters by pandering to issues has been a key element of Presidential elections since the very beginning in 1789.
Basically, Noam said nothing substantive, and gave us a rousing personal opinion based on his own subjective suspicions.