Yesterday I posted about Trump’s war on America. I take scant comfort from the concurring observations of others, notably AZBlueMeanie’s post today at Blog for Arizona, Authoritarian Tea-Publicans seek to undermine American institutions, including democracy. Below I offer the short version by swiping some of the Blue Meanie’s quotations.
Here is the concurring observation about destabilization from the Washington Post, Donald Trump’s dangerous ploy to destabilize democracy.
Trump-for-President is not a campaign to redeem American democracy or even to “take it back,” as Mr. Trump puts it; it has morphed into a campaign of destabilization.”
… it is not too late even for … GOP politicians to repudiate Mr. Trump’s conspiratorial view of the American political process. They should at least find the decency, and the patriotism, to declare that everyone must respect the results on Nov. 8 — and pursue any protests or disputes through legal channels, not in the streets. Even if Republicans can’t bring themselves to part ways politically with Mr. Trump, they can refuse to cooperate in the trashing of our public discourse and essential civic traditions. Surely that is not too much to ask.
It is too much to ask for Trumpist vanguardians Giuliani and Gingrich. Check out their quotes in Blue Meanie’s blog post.
Lest you think that your Scriber and AZBlueMeanie and the Washington Post are off their collective rails about Trump’s war on America, consider that his followers take him literally and threaten violent overthrow – “a lot of bloodshed.” This is from the Boston Globe, Warnings of conspiracy stoke anger among Trump faithful.
[If Republican presidential candidate Donald] Trump doesn’t win, some are even openly talking about violent rebellion and assassination, as fantastical and unhinged as that may seem.
“If she’s in office, I hope we can start a coup. She should be in prison or shot. That’s how I feel about it,” Dan Bowman, a 50-year-old contractor, said of Hillary Clinton, the Democratic nominee. “We’re going to have a revolution and take them out of office if that’s what it takes. There’s going to be a lot of bloodshed. But that’s what it’s going to take. . . . I would do whatever I can for my country.”
He then placed a Trump mask on his face and posed for pictures.
That’s the collective Trump-Giuliani-Gingrich vision for America. As I said yesterday: The path forward for Trump’s deranged campaign is ugly and dangerous to the nation – distrust yesterday to delegitimization today to destabilization tomorrow.
As Michelle Obama noted in another context, “Now is the time for all of us to stand up and say ‘enough is enough.’ This has got to stop right now.”