Friday, October 28, 2016

a moment of clarity.


"I’ve written here before about the idea of Trump never really wanting to win the election, and the theory that his candidacy was a giant publicity stunt; whether this is or isn’t true doesn’t really matter at this point, since the outcome will be the same either way, in that his candidacy has been a giant publicity stunt. But it’s also been one that will have lasting ramifications for American politics.

...Again, it’s questionable how much of these idea Trump actually believes, or how much he cares either way, but again, that’s not really the point. Before Trump, these ideas were the preserve of the right’s lunatic fringe. Because of Trump, all these things are now part of of America’s mainstream political conversation. They’re not going to magically disappear on November 9. And the most worrying possibility is this: in four years’ time, we may well see a GOP candidate who has the same ideas, but is less obnoxious than Donald Trump, someone more practiced in the way of sugar-coating fringe ideas for the general public while also dog-whistling true believers.

...The damage caused by Trump’s candidacy will last far longer than the man himself. Because of his candidacy, a whole bunch of far-right fringe-dwellers have been invited into the bar. And, as right-wing parties around the world are discovering, once you allow these people through the door, getting them to leave again isn’t easy. At all."

FLAVORWIRE: After Trump: Stay Vigilant, Because Our Far-Right Nightmare May Be Only Just Beginning

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