That critical mass was evident during the Bush 43 years. Politics peeked on AWF during those years and been on the decline ever since. I know it doesn't feel like it, that's because it's weighted the other way. :p
If you are a public person like a politician or an actor you have put yourself in a position to be criticized in public.
Alex Jones criticized the Sandy Hook parents by saying they were in on the hoax which opened him up to liability.