WEFOUNDPlot Against America


Perhaps I shouldn’t be sitting down to write this at midnight. I am, I admit, in a bad state. I can’t help feeling that America has committed the most calamitous mistake of my lifetime. There will be a time to be reasonable and to think what one what must do to prevent Donald J. Trump from inflicting terrible damage to the United States and to the world. But this is a moment for the rending of garments.

I have spent much of the last year writing about the challenge to the liberal order in Europe. I did not think that what happened in Poland and Hungary could happen here. When, last spring, I asked Lech Walesa how Poland could have elected the reactionary nationalist Law and Justice party, he said, “What about the United States? You’ve got Donald Trump?” Yes, I said, but Trump won’t win. He grinned and said something. My translator turned to me and said, “Mr. Walesa says that he is sure Donald Trump has something up his sleeve.” Mr. Walesa was right.

Now the postwar liberal order has been upended in the nation that created it, paid for it, defended it by means military, cultural, and ideological. Donald Trump won the presidency by openly pitting some Americans against others — against Muslims, Hispanics, African-Americans, and liberals. He won by calling his rival a criminal and vowing to prosecute her. He won by inciting crowds to acts of violence. We have no precedent for this. George Wallace won 45 electoral votes in 1968. Donald Trump won, at this count, at least 279.

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Perhaps I shouldn’t be sitting down to write this at midnight. I am, I admit, in a bad state. I can’t help feeling that America has committed the most calamitous mistake of my lifetime. There will be a time to be reasonable and to think what one what must do to prevent Donald J. Trump from inflicting terrible damage to the United States and to the world. But this is a moment for the rending of garments.

I have spent much of the last year writing about the challenge to the liberal order in Europe. I did not think that what happened in Poland and Hungary could happen here. When, last spring, I asked Lech Walesa how Poland could have elected the reactionary nationalist Law and Justice party, he said, “What about the United States? You’ve got Donald Trump?” Yes, I said, but Trump won’t win. He grinned and said something. My translator turned to me and said, “Mr. Walesa says that he is sure Donald Trump has something up his sleeve.” Mr. Walesa was right.

Now the postwar liberal order has been upended in the nation that created it, paid for it, defended it by means military, cultural, and ideological. Donald Trump won the presidency by openly pitting some Americans against others — against Muslims, Hispanics, African-Americans, and liberals. He won by calling his rival a criminal and vowing to prosecute her. He won by inciting crowds to acts of violence. We have no precedent for this. George Wallace won 45 electoral votes in 1968. Donald Trump won, at this count, at least 279.

Perhaps I shouldn’t be sitting down to write this at midnight. I am, I admit, in a bad state. I can’t help feeling that America has committed the most calamitous mistake of my lifetime. There will be a time to be reasonable and to think what one what must do to prevent Donald J. Trump from inflicting terrible damage to the United States and to the world. But this is a moment for the rending of garments.

I have spent much of the last year writing about the challenge to the liberal order in Europe. I did not think that what happened in Poland and Hungary could happen here. When, last spring, I asked Lech Walesa how Poland could have elected the reactionary nationalist Law and Justice party, he said, “What about the United States? You’ve got Donald Trump?” Yes, I said, but Trump won’t win. He grinned and said something. My translator turned to me and said, “Mr. Walesa says that he is sure Donald Trump has something up his sleeve.” Mr. Walesa was right.

Now the postwar liberal order has been upended in the nation that created it, paid for it, defended it by means military, cultural, and ideological. Donald Trump won the presidency by openly pitting some Americans against others — against Muslims, Hispanics, African-Americans, and liberals. He won by calling his rival a criminal and vowing to prosecute her. He won by inciting crowds to acts of violence. We have no precedent for this. George Wallace won 45 electoral votes in 1968. Donald Trump won, at this count, at least 279.

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