The Impotence of Argument

We should — we must — continue to make the case for ending Trump’s toxic Presidency by whatever legal means are available. And the hardest part is that we’re stiffed by the only people with the power to act, our protestations evidently impotent.

Among the reasons for this strategic silence, the most troubling is the politicians’ apparent suspicion that Trump’s hardcore base is deaf to appeals to conventional values and resistant to plain old facts.

I think the politicians are right. I think there’s nothing Trump could do to jeopardize his hardcore support other than to abandon his racism, nativism, misogyny, and catering in word and deed to the pinched and rigid imperatives of the cult of the evangelical Right.

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