The problem which can't be named: Donald Trump's manifest lunacy seemed to deepen last night. Paul Krugman was left saying this at the end of this morning's column:
KRUGMAN (6/2/20): On one side, he’s effectively inciting violence by his supporters. On the other, he’s very close to calling for a military response to social protest. And at this point, nobody expects any significant pushback from other Republicans.Krugman is tougher on Trump's supporters than we're inclined to be. But what might Trump himself decide to do if it looks like he's going to lose in November?
Now, I don’t think Trump will actually succeed in provoking a race war in the near future, even though he’s clearly itching for an excuse to use force. But the months ahead are still likely to be very, very ugly.
After all, if Trump is encouraging violence and talking about military solutions to overwhelmingly peaceful protests, what will he and his supporters do if he looks likely to lose November’s election?
We don't have the slightest idea! But that's a question we've been asking for more than a year. What makes us so sure that there's going to be an election this year at all?
Over at Slate, Fred Kaplan seems to misconstrue the problem. During Campaign 2016, our sachems refused to interview Kaplan when he explained the foolishness of the claim that Candidate Clinton had exposed our nation's most priceless secrets in a handful of meaningless emails.
Our sachems just gamboled and played. Now, in response to King Donald's growing madness, Kaplan has offered a piece which explains that Trump couldn't get away with trying to stay in office if he loses to Biden.
Presumably, that's true. But that isn't the (possible) problem.
The problem is what he might do to try to forestall such a loss—a loss which would make him a "loser." That's the problem Krugman cites at the end of this morning's column.
Behind all this lies a public madness; the upper-end press corps has agreed that they mustn't discuss Trump's madness. It's the growing problem which has no name—which can't be named, by high-end agreement.
Bandy X. Lee, a failing nation with flailing elites turns its eyes to you!