While Donald Trump has been weakened by his own words and deeds, none of us should underestimate his ability to bounce back with his lies and his doom-and-gloom messages.
Even as his brand is perhaps mortally wounded, his sense of self-worth — driven by an insatiable ego — will require him to stay highly visible. Those with deep-rooted fears and insecurities will continue to relate to his vision and ideas.The real danger is ahead of us. It is a real threat to our nation and could lead to the demise of the Republican Party.
Don’t feel sorry for our party. We created this monster.
After this election Trump could emerge as the leader of a new and destructive political movement, dividing citizens and families. His attacks are based on falsehoods and anger. Facts do not matter to this man. Loyalty has no meaning to him. Most of all, to Donald Trump truth is an unnecessary bump in the road that he will simply run over.
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To be perfectly clear, and so obvious, his efforts are not on behalf of our beloved country, but rather all about him. Factual events that confront his version of “reality” mean little, maybe nothing, to him. Remember, for instance, his baldfaced lie that thousands of Muslim Americans were cheering as the World Trade Center was falling. He is possessed by the meglomaniac delusion that only he can “save” us.
Our republic is now threatened from within. Not since the Civil War have we faced such a one-against-another threat. Clearly there has been pent up anger, frustration and hatefulness awaiting a strongman who would lead a destructive crusade.
Unlike other challenges we have faced, Trumpism is the danger from within. There are, of course, reasons — some at least somewhat legitimate — for all this anger. We could face historic civil unrest. This cannot be ignored, especially after the election.
When Trump loses the election, the ugly monster and those who think like him will emerge with greater force.We now face a separation of America within America. We are threatened by this self-admired populist with his loud-mouthed and destructive dictatorial style.
It will be up to the president and Congress — indeed, all good people — to address the concerns and fears of so many Americans who feel alienated and unappreciated. We need to face up to the issues of term limits as well as limitless amounts being raised by political operatives. Elected leaders will need to face up to the reality that they are no longer the admired or the trusted.
Trumpism will touch all of us. This infection can be overcome with a new approach to Washington's leadership. This must be built on a foundation of openness. We must elect those who will stop using political positions for a lifetime of self-serving actions.
We must. If we do not, our republic is in mortal danger.