I am of the opinion that Donald Trump won the debate last night. I’ve watched “Morning Joe” and read the papers. Lots of people are using nuance and scruples to analyze what happened in Cleveland. But the proof of Trump’s victory is in today’s headlines–“Rage on the Stage”; “Debate Disgrace”; etc. Trump’s goal is to turn people off, keep them at home, cast doubt on the very idea of democracy. If the headlines are any indication (and they may not be, I’ll concede…) then “the Donald” succeeded last night.
In order for my dark suspicion to be wrong we’ll have to see a vast turnout for Biden. Like all bullies Trump’s rules “are” the rules and on the debased playground that’s taken the place of civic engagement only a large moral posse of good kids will be able to stop him.
I was beaten on the playground as a kid. I know plenty of women who have survived abusive relationships with men.
I’m still shaking today.
If enough Americans want their democracy back we’ll get it back.
If Trump succeeds in destroying all public confidence in our national decency and the fairness of elections then he becomes dictator for life.
Yeah, I’m shaking. I know you are too.
The one thing I take comfort from is that “the proud boys” sounds like a toilet training celebration at the day care center.