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From Bernie Sanders today, 23 October, 2020:
Why is Trump the most dangerous president in modern American history?
No. It’s not just his disastrous policies on health care, the pandemic, the economy, education, the environment, climate change, gun control, women’s rights, criminal justice or immigration.
No. It’s not just that he is a racist, a sexist, a xenophobe, a homophobe and a religious bigot.
No. The danger of Trumpism goes much, much deeper than that.
Trump is the most dangerous president in modern American history because he is an effective practitioner of the Big Lie and conspiracy theories and, in a very shrewd and calculated way, is undermining American democracy.
He is an authoritarian who does not believe in the Constitution, the separation of powers or the rule of law. He is working desperately to suppress the vote and to delegitimize the results of this election if he should lose. He has, in a very significant way, converted the Republican Party into a cult of the individual. He has contempt for a free media and criticism. He has encouraged violence and the never-before-seen use of the military and federal agents against U.S. citizens.
His goal, unprecedented in modern history, is the accumulation of wealth and power for himself and his family, and he will stop at nothing to achieve those ends.
And, if you believe his first term was dangerous, think about what a second term would look like if a majority of Americans vote to support his policies and behavior, and give him a mandate for another four years.
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