Bet on reality.  Then read Jason Willick's How Deep is the Rot?
In a Republic like ours, the ascent to the presidency of a figure like Trump would require a cascade of institutional failures. Many of those failures have already taken place; one of our great parties has awarded its nomination for the highest office in the land to an unstable demagogue with little to no knowledge of the constitutional system over which he hopes to preside. But if we do find ourselves living in a Trump Imperium, the fault will also lie with a Democratic Party that, spectacularly, was unable to produce a nominee with the standing to expose and defeat such a figure. Liberal schadenfreude is all well and good, but Democratic partisans would do well to remember that Trump is their party’s problem now, and that the rot in our institutions is not confined to the GOP.
Six months to run.

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