“Many times over the last two years I’ve recalled this tag line from Slate’s Will Saletan: “The GOP is a failed state and Trump is its warlord.” Now this half applies to the country at large. It was a remarkably prescient line. It explains and illuminates so much. Warlords rule by force rather than by law or consent. But what makes them warlords rather than state builders – steal a little and they throw you in jail, steal a lot and they make you king – is that their power does not just originate in state failure. Its perpetuation depends on it. These are all analogies of course. The failed state model applies more to the GOP than the US at large. But again, this is a powerful analogy because it captures the essence of Trump’s place in US politics and the early 21st century GOP. Trump is unable to govern as a normal President because his policies are unpopular and he’s completely unable – in policy terms or characterologically – to at least attempt to build governing coalitions as almost every President in US history has at least attempted to do. His hold on power depends on keeping his minority faction in a state of maximal aggrievement, activation and confrontation. That’s what this wall battle is, of course, about. In this sense he has made the US not a failed state but a failed politics. And thus, here we are.”
This is your too-frequent reminder that Trump’s abuses of power and degradation of the presidency would not be possible at all without the unwavering support of the Republican party, which stands for nothing and actively works to undermine and harm America’s national interests.