I had a friend, long ago, who used to say I had a "shiny brain", that I refused to recognize the "reality" of the world. He'd point out that history showed humans were no damn good, and that the only thing that mattered was power over others. He'd just shake his head when I would tell him about the ideas of Ayn Rand, Frederick Bastiat, Irwin Schiff, H. L. Mencken, and other writers I admired. Wasting my time, I was.
You can blame current events on this or that, one politician or another, but "reality" is what happens when we follow our ideas, whether we examine them or not.