Can I hold in my mind simultaneously these two realities?
- Donald Trump is a toxic narcissist, sociopath, demagogue and liar.
- There has been a conspiracy against Donald Trump, even before he took office, which can be fairly called a coup attempt by an intelligence community that may be even more dangerous than him.
I need to try. I’ve been so appalled by Trump that I have unduly resisted recognizing another vital part of the story.
That [Trump] was insincere and full of it and irresponsible, at first at least, when he attacked the “deep state” and the “fake news media,” doesn’t change the reality of what’s happened since. Even paranoiacs have enemies, and even Donald “Deep State” Trump is a legitimately elected president whose ouster is being actively sought by the intelligence community … [W]hile Donald Trump conducting foreign policy based on what he sees on Fox and Friends is troubling, it’s not in the same ballpark as CNN, MSNBC, the Washington Post and the New York Times engaging in de facto coverage partnerships with the FBI and CIA to push highly politicized, phony narratives like Russiagate.
I owe Matt Taibbi a debt of gratitude, and strongly recommend his article. (Andrew C. McCarthy* tried to tell me many of the same things, but I wasn’t yet in the mood to buy a book, by a card-carrying conservative who might just be carrying water for the Orange One.)
I’m not sure this materially changes my voting calculus for 2020. It may take some time to navigate through that.
* UPDATE: How could I have forgotten? James Howard Kunstler also tried to tell me many of the same things.
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The Lord is King, be the peoples never so impatient; He that sitteth upon the Cherubim, be the earth never so unquiet.
(Psalm 98:1, Adapted from the Miles Coverdale Translation, from A Psalter for Prayer)