I did find a quick solution. On the File Exchange Alessandro Masullo has a function which aligns a block of variable assignments by their equal signs. https://www.mathworks.com/matlabcentral/fileexchange/47918-align-equal-sign
I modified the code to simply place the pre-equal sign part where the post-equal sign part was and vice-versa. my modification is explained in the comments on his alignEquals upload. then running the unmodified alignEquals makes things looks good again.