There is an explanation, albeit one that is simultaneously simple and complex, wrapped up in a single word: authoritarianism.
Throughout his presidency, Donald Trump has exposed the fragility of democratic institutions, mirroring a global trend in authoritarianism, and that will have a lasting effect on the United States.
What happened on the right is the result of a confluence of the long-term resentimental strain in American life, a corrupt and power mad GOP establishment backed by big money and an unparalleled propaganda network that created an atmosphere allowing Donald Trump to rise to the apotheosis of American politics.
In a democracy, we count the votes.
"The Cult of Trump” is written by one of the leading experts in cults and mind-control, Steven Hassan. He offers fresh insights about Trump and provides a roadmap on how we are going to heal as a country.
Americans are paying a heavy price for there being no consequences for Trump's lawlessness, said Kendzior.
"I feel the burden to advocate for my values and an enormous urgency to act," writes Lt. Col. Vindman, promising even as he despaired, he has reason to hope.
Trump is getting desperate. And desperate authoritarians always resort to police state tactics.
"The other thing to know is Trump is not concerned with winning the election. He is trying to steal the election," said Kendzior.
"Trump is not trying to win the election. He's trying to steal the election. A person who wants to win an election tries to win people over and expand their base."
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