"Donald Trump assembles enemies lists, too; his organs of cognition appear to be structured around the idea of revenge. There are Republicans who voted against him, like Senator Lindsey Graham. ('It’s so great our enemies are making themselves clear,' Trump surrogate Omarosa Manigault exulted, 'so that when we get to the White House, we know where we stand.') There are media organizations he claims have covered him unfairly, like The Washington Post. (Just as Nixon threatened to take away the broadcast licenses of television stations owned by the Post, Trump has vowed to prosecute Post owner Jeff Bezos for antitrust violations.) And it’s not hard to imagine that Trump’s list of targets will only grow longer as his power expands. Like Nixon, he has spent his entire life chasing the narcotic rush afforded by dominating others, the better to fill the void where a functioning soul ought to be.Alas, we all know that a Hillary presidency would have been just the same, if not worse, than Trumpolini's. Susan Sarandon told me so!
But there are two key differences that set Trump apart from his predecessor in paranoia. First, his soul is sicker by miles than Nixon’s. And second, the surveillance apparatus he is about to inherit is far scarier than the one available to Nixon."
Tuesday, January 3, 2017
Be Very Afraid
Rick Perlstein on why Trump will be much worse for America, Americans, and the world than Nixon ever was: