Good piece by Hamilton Nolan, writing for The Concourse, on Trump’s press conference yesterday, which had the tone and substance of a professional wrestling promotion:
These things are not normal. These things are not okay. These are
actions that flout well-established ethical and civil norms.
Admittedly, there is something thrilling about watching him do
this. What will he do next? It always keeps us tuning in, in the
same way that a violent alcoholic father will always keep his
children on his toes. But we should not fool ourselves about what
is happening in front of our eyes. We are all coming to realize
that our civil society institutions may not be strong enough to
protect the flawed but fundamentally solid democracy that we
thought we had. We are witnessing the rise to power of a leader
who does not care about norms. Since these norms were created to
prevent political, social, economic, and cultural disasters, we do
not need to wonder how this will end. It will end poorly.