[This article first appeared at billmoyers.com on January 5, 2017]
There’s a way to keep our short attention spans and Trump’s norm-shattering behavior from damaging the republic: “Expose and Oppose.”
The Dangerous Normalization of Donald Trump
[W]hatever is going to happen is really here now — if only one could see it.”
— H.G. WELLS, 1916
Americans are living through the dangerous effort to normalize the abnormal candidate who won the presidency with a record popular vote deficit of nearly 3 million ballots. Donald Trump has about the same popular support as losing candidates Michael Dukakis (1988) and John Kerry (2004). But that won’t slow him down.
As with many insecure leaders, he’ll attempt to govern as if he had a mandate for sweeping change. He doesn’t. Any mandate resides with the opposition.
The first step in his path toward a destination that only he knows is normalizing him. He’ll…
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