I just finished One Nation After Trump: A Guide for the Perplexed, the Disillusioned, the Desperate, and the Not-Yet Deported by E.J. Dionne, Thomas Mann & Norman Ornstein. The authors were once known as the wise men of Washington, and The New Yorker once called Ornstein and Mann the “über-respectables.” So for those of us who still care about an impartial analysis of our current political woes, these are voices to be heard.
The book begins by assessing how someone as obviously unfit and unqualified for office, someone as vulgar and authoritarian could possibly end up as President. But the authors focus less on Trump as an aberration and more on how he is the outcome of the radicalization of the Republican party which began decades ago which includes: the war on the media; the appeals to racism and xenophobia; the support of theocracy; and the hostility to democratic norms.