Benito Mussolini in the March on Rome that installed him as dictator in Italy
I’m sure by now most of my regular readers are aware that Trump and his allies are plotting (violent) revenge against all those trying to hold them accountable for their many crimes. Democracies can die and be replaced by dictatorships.
Thomas Edsall in the New York Times “The Roots of Trump’s Rage”
Here are the reflections of some sophisticated political observers:Jennifer Rubin in the Washington Post “Trump says the quiet part out loud: He’ll destroy democracy”
Charlie Savage, Maggie Haberman and Jonathan Swan in the New York Times “Sweeping Raids, Giant Camps and Mass Deportations: Inside Trump’s 2025 Immigration Plans”
Jamelle Bouie in the New York Times “Trump Wants Us to Know He Will Stop at Nothing in 2025”
Ruth Marcus in the Washington Post “Trump doesn’t just want to win. He wants revenge”
Heather Digby Parton in Salon “Trump’s big payback: The plot for MAGA’s revenge should scare voters straight”
No doubt you can find other links. It is hard to express how frightening this is for all of us including Trump supporters. Haven’t his sycophants in politics ever heard of a purge? Are any of us safe when ruthlessness and lawlessness prevail? Don’t the wealthy and powerful know that they benefit most from social stability? Don’t the poor and powerless know that the rich and powerful care nothing for them? Don’t anti-government fanatics know that the fulfillment of their wishes leads to a Hobbesian state of nature?