Donald Trump Becomes 45th President of the USA
On March 15, 2016, Donald Trump secured a path to the Presidency. This will be known historically as "a date that will live in infamy" — to borrow from FDR. Republicans cannot stop Trump. Ted Cruz is too far behind to catch up and Republicans in general dislike him even more than they claim to dislike Trump. Strategically, Trump cancelled his appearance in the previously scheduled Republican Primary debate to be held in Salt Lake City on March 21st. Although Trump said he would consider doing future debates, he declined to commit. I predict there will be no more. Trump hinted, "I think we've had enough debates. How many times can you answer the same question?" Trump is shutting out Cruz and Kasich. He denies them an opportunity to face off before the American people, which virtually secures his standing in the party race.
Republicans created this vacuum and opened the door for someone like Trump to enter with Mitch McConnell's blunt declaration in 2010, "The single most important thing we want to achieve is for President Obama to be a one-term president." Michael Hirsh points out the "GOP rendered itself so incoherent that no one knew what the party really stood for anymore, except for something negative — the party of No. No, we won't talk to him. No, we won't keep our government running. No, we can't even agree on what we disagree about. No. No. NO."
Hirsh adds the Trump takeover of the GOP occurred, to quote an old line from Hemingway, "Two ways. Gradually, then suddenly." What had to happen first, before Donald could step in and slap on his own brand in a short period of time, was the gradual "de-branding" of the party at the hands of its own leaders, especially over the past 7-8 years since Barack Obama entered the White House. That's when the party decided to abandon any ideas about governing in favor of one singular, unifying idea: "No to Obama."
Trump's daughter Ivanka told Breitbart: "From Day One, my father set the agenda for what the whole party is talking about." Adam Padilla, president of Brandfire, adds, "Trump has given a face to the faceless Republicans, who had previously only defined themselves as anti-Obama." The GOP simply became identified as the anti-Obama party and little else. Rob Frankel, a commercial branding expert, wrote:
Trump took his tactics "right out of my playbook, and I'm really proud of the way he did it. To be effective you have to be clear, credible, authoritative. And then there's my prime directive: for a brand to work it has to be perceived as the only solution. If I can create the perception of being the only game in town, you're going to stop shopping. That's what he did." 
Threats of Violence
Most disturbingly, Trump warned Wednesday (3.16) that a brokered convention would likely lead to riots in the streets. Speaking to CNN's Chris Cuomo, Trump stated:
"I think we will win before getting to the convention. But I can tell you, if we didn't and if we're 20 votes short or if we're 100 short and we're at 1,100 and somebody else is at 500 or 400 because we're way ahead of everybody, I don't think you can say that we don't get it automatically, I think you would have riots. I think you would have riots. 
Florida Gov. Rick Scott (R) echoed Trumps warning about voter frustration and possible violence. "I heard it that people will be very frustrated," Scott said. "They don't want party leadership picking the winner. The voters have clearly chosen Donald Trump. They trust a business person outsider. They want somebody to change the status quo." 
Fox News, in what critics consider an effort to pander to the lowest of the low for ratings, has declared they are going to "walk away" if the GOP establishment tries to sabotage Trump's nomination. "The Republican establishment is very selfish and they demand they get their way or they stop cooperating completely. It's literally the exact same bullshit that happens in Congress on the Republican side every single day to obstruct Obama." 
Trump has used violence and threats of violence successfully thus far in the campaign. Trump made it clear protestors at his rallies will suffer beatings, rough treatment, and could possible be killed. This has effectively shut down dissent. TEDx talker, Max Jackson, describes his experience uncover at a Trump rally.
The first protester-disruption happened about 10 minutes in and Trump handled it like he handled the nine more disruptions over the course of the event — he’d calmly stop talking and walk to the edge of the stage closest to the disruption and stand there, staring right at them as they were grabbed and dragged away and thrown into the street.
Trump's contagion of hatred, intolerance and xenophobia appears to be spreading. The New York Daily News reported two New York City sanitation workers were caught on film screaming at a driver they were blocking and threatening deportation while invoking GOP front-runner Donald Trump. The video shows a black car stopped behind a trash truck blocking a street. When the car tries to get around the truck one of the workers stands in front of the driver, blocking the car and daring the driver to hit him. The confrontation happened at about 7:30 a.m. on Clinton Avenue in Brooklyn.
Sometimes he'd say "get 'em outta here" but he didn’t have to say it, people knew what to do. People wanted to do it. Then he'd pick right back up where he left off without missing a beat. It was a compelling display of power — Trump just standing there and watching as a dissenting voice grew dimmer with distance and got drowned out by jeers.
If you were with Trump, every single suppressed disruption made you feel like a winner ... Trump called them liars, cowards, snakes. The whole amphitheater turned to them and booed, cursing them, throwing up double middle-fingers. 
"Behave or you'll be deported," one of the workers said. Where's Trump? Where's Trump when you need him?" the other worker chimed in. 
Alternatives to Trump
Putting Trump's threats of violence aside, what do Republicans hope to accomplish at a brokered convention? Select Cruz or Rubio? Bring Jeb out of retirement? Recycle Mitt Romney? None of these are compelling. While party "establishment" leaders may see some benefit, these manipulations of the democratic process play directly into Trump's hands. Trump has checkmated Republicans. Trump does not adhere to the standard civil rules of American democracy. He brands himself as different from mainstream politicians we have grown accustommed to watching in America. These leaders would call for restraint and take such disputes to the courts.
Trump, the "anti-establishment" candidate, instead relies on an angry mob of tens of millions of people — supporters willing to "tear apart the country" if he doesn't get the nomination. Imagine what would have happened had either GW Bush or Al Gore made such announcements during the divisive Election 2000. Thankfully, these experienced leaders urged their supporters to remain calm and allow the system to work. Yet in 2016, the political climate in America is different. On both the Right and Left, there are millions of citizens who believe the system is rigged and broken.
These passionate followers, particularly on the Right, are armed to the teeth; they believe they are losing to "illegal immigrants," threatened by "Islamic extremists," and have been cheated by a political system focused on political correctness and appeasement to foreign powers rather than their Middle Class families. They are ripe for Civil War. Not only does Trump know this ... other Republican leaders know this as well. Will this lead to Civil War or Martial Law? This is an angry nation. It won't take much to light the fuse. Checkmate!
What About the Democrats?
At the same time, Democrats are locked in a nasty dogfight, as both Hillary and Bernie continue to strengthen their progressive factions. They will battle another three months up to the Democratic Convention between July 25 and July 28 in Philadelphia. The New York Times reported Thursday (3.17) that President Obama is concerned about the growing division and privately told Democratic donors the party should begin to coalesce behind Hillary Clinton.  White House Press Secretary Josh Earnest pushed back about the Times' account saying, "the president did not indicate or specify a preference in the race." Yet Mr. Earnest was clear about President Obama's concerns:
"As Democrats move through this competitive primary process, we need to be mindful of the fact that our success in November in electing a Democratic president will depend on the commitment and ability of the Democratic party to come together behind our nominee." 
President Obama and other observers fear the liberal battle will leave volunteers, campaign coffers and voters exhausted. Accusing the Republican Party of "creating division and animosity," Obama is becoming more and more involved in the presidential campaign to keep Republicans out of the White House and preserve his "landmark policies."  Both progressive camps are pouring their hearts & souls into their respective campaigns. There is great passion; there is much talk of "revolution." Yet this expenditure of human capital, financial resources and political energy will leave both the Clinton and Sanders machines in poor shape to confront Trump.
Further, in the next 90 days while progressives beat the crap out of each other, Trump will strengthen his coalition. When Trump finally matches up against either Hillary or Bernie, he will use the nasty, hostile comments from their opposition against them. Trump will say, "This doesn't come from me. Other Democrats claim Hillary is untrustworthy and a liar; other Democrats say Bernie's communist plans are unrealistic and too costly. Millions of people in their own party do not like each other. There is no leadership here. It will simply be more failure and division like we have witnessed under Obama."
This inner party animosity will not go away easily. H.A. Goodman writes in Salon, "Why there's no chance in hell I'm voting for Hillary — and you shouldn't either ... I'm only voting for Bernie Sanders in 2016 and I explain why in this YouTube segment. Most importantly, Democrats should remember that 33 percent of Bernie Sanders voters will refuse to vote for Clinton in November, if she becomes nominee." 
TPM published (3.17) another scathing critique of Hillary: "Newly released emails show a 2009 request to issue a secure government smartphone to then-Secretary of State Hillary Clinton was denied by the National Security Agency. A month later, she began using private email accounts accessed through her BlackBerry to exchange messages with her top aides."  Yes, Bernie and progressives are sick of hearing about her email controversy — but Trump and followers love the gift.
Hillary has major political baggage. While she may be leading in delegatesand remains the presumptive nominee, she is not deemed credible to nearly 50 percent of progressives. Leading female author and Canadian, Naomi Kline, expresses the key negative perceptions about Clinton. Trump will beat Hillary over the head again and again with such criticisms. Check!
"I don't trust her because as secretary of state, when she had a huge megaphone to make this an issue, to show that she understands the connections between human security and climate, she didn't use the megaphone," Klein said. She also criticised Clinton's ties to major donors, saying her ties to corporations made her hard to elect. "I think that Bernie Sanders could win in a general election. I actually think he is a significantly better candidate than Hillary Clinton." 
Conservative Dennis Miller has started to taunt the Far Left. They work to split away disenchanted Berniecrats. It becomes so easy for Trump. Hillary has no chance without the passion and energy of the Millennials. Check!
What About Berniecrats?
Leading progressive writer and strategist says, "No matter what, we need to keep building the movement Bernie Sanders has started."  Berniecrats, the passionate supportes of Bernie, have just begun to fight!
As of March 16th, Berniecrats are clear there are plenty of delegates up for grabs. Bernie Sanders told Rachel Maddow he's fighting all the way to the convention so that voters in all 50 states may voice their opinion.  They are willing to go the distance. Trump thanks ALL of them. Check!
The Far Left, similar to the Far Right, is angry. They believe the DNC has made a mockery of the democratic process. Don Ford writes, "The important idea here is that we are ahead of Obama in '08. Yes, the map is different but Obama was not polling as positively as Bernie is now and each of those candidate have very different types of grassroot support. It's not done until the west coast sings. Every voter should have a chance to be heard and less than half the country has voted. It's not like one particular candidate benefits by suppressing the vote, is it?" 
If the Far Left believes the nomination process is "rigged," we can expect them to turn their anger toward Clinton, not Trump. Check!
In sum, if Hillary wins the nomination, the First Woman Candidate for President from one of the two major parties goes down in flames — taking the progressive movement with her. Where Trump promises "riots in the streets" if Republicans don't select him, Berniecrats will destroy the Democratic party — possibly launching a third-party effort. Jill Stein, a perennial Green Party candidate nationally and in Massachusetts, said she's open to a "collaboration" with Democratic presidential candidate Bernie Sanders. "The Democratic Party is democratic in name only — superdelegates anyone?" the Lexington resident tweeted shortly after, adding, "We don't think it's delusional to offer Americans authentic choices free from corporate influence. This election is proving we're right."  Check!
What About Bernie?
"The 2016 Democratic primary effectively ended Tuesday night, with Hillary Clinton as the all-but-certain winner," the media has declared. Yet Ben Spielberg posits, "The only problem with the media and Clinton campaign narratives? They’re not true."
Spielberg adds, "That's not to say the results on Tuesday, March 15 weren't disappointing for Sanders supporters, who were hoping for a repeat of Sanders' historic upset in Michigan a week before. But that result was always unlikely; Sanders wasn't actually predicted to win a single state on Super Tuesday II. As the graph below shows, Sanders came close to meeting expectations in Ohio and exceeded them in Florida, Illinois, Missouri, and North Carolina. In other words, while it was a tough night for Sanders in terms of pledged delegates, it was a pretty good night for Sanders relative to projections, not to mention the massive polling deficits he faced mere weeks ago. 
Bernie warns that if Democratic leaders try to push him out of the presidential race, they'll pay the price in November. "To suggest that we don't fight this out to the end would be, I think, a very bad mistake."
Sanders added, "People want to become engaged in the political process. By having a vigorous primary and caucus process, I think we open up the possibility of having a large voter turnout in November and that is exactly what we need." He pointed out strongly it is "absurd" to suggest he must drop out of the race because Democrats needed to come together to prevent an opening for the Republicans, whose leading candidate is Donald J. Trump. 
Seth Abramson argues that the "white-male, working-class, young, and independent voters" where Sanders performs well among are the very voters Trump will be trying to steal from Democrats in November — not the African-American, Latino, and female voters Clinton has already been successfully courting in large numbers. Abramson adds, "failing to understand Sanders' continued appeal is a 'proxy failure' of sorts — that is, it stands in for a failure to understand the outsider, rough-edged, populist, anti-Establishment appeal of Donald Trump, the inevitable Republican nominee." 
The vocal enthusiasm propelling Sanders is being matched by backers all over the United States who have donated more than $4 million online since Tuesday (3.15). In the past three days alone the campaign received more than 150,000 contributions. Nearly 20 percent of the people who donated since Tuesday were first-time contributors. Donors, who on average gave $27, said they support Sanders because he cares about working families, not the top 1 percent. 
Can Bernie Win?
Although the "political establishment" gave the nomination to Hillary months ago, Bernie's followers are not quitting. They point to Bernie's victory in Kansas. "More than 40,000 Kansans showed up for this year’s caucuses, which was an increase in turnout of about 10 percent compared to turnout in the previously record-breaking 2008 election."  Veterans for Bernie remind America that "for 50 years, Kansas has chossen the Democratic Nominee with 100 percent accuracy. Bernie Sanders Just Won Kansas. 
Another prestigous research group adds to the Bernie jubilation. Western Illinois University puts together their annual mock presidential election and pundits tend to perk up and pay attention. After all, they accurately predicted Barack Obama's presidential win in 2008, and his narrower reelection win in 2012, after the same system had been used to astonishingly predict every presidential election since 1975 with 100 percent accuracy.
The results of WIU's mock election will more than likely surprise you: Bernie Sanders won the Democratic primary, then the general election ... and he did both in a massive landslide. Hillary Clinton survives past Super Tuesday, but loses out before the month of March is concluded. 
Of course, the million dollar question is what would Hillary supporters do if Bernie wins the nomination? Without their support, it's hard to imagine Bernie defeating Trump. Hillary is accurate when she says she has received the most votes of any candidate thus far in the primary races with 8.7M; Bernie has received 6.1M. On the other hand, Republicans combined have earned 20.3M votes to a total of 15.1M votes for Democratic candidates.  This concerns progressive strategists, as an "enthusiasm gap" favoring Republicans likely helps Trump.
What Will Trump Do?
As evident in Trump's victory speech Tuesday, he is currently pivoting toward the center. Trump will display his charming side. Trump will provide detailed plans and proposals. The media has already given Trump over $2 billion in free air time. Trump turns eyeballs into corporate profits, as Trump creates controvery and controvery sells. Trump will be well rested to go toe-to-toe with either Hillary, the presumed nominee, or Bernie, the inspirational leader of tens of millions across the nation. Trump will also be well-positioned by that time. Trump will have endeared himself to the American center.
At this time, half of American women say they have a "very unfavorable" view of Trump for the Republican presidential nomination, which has increased from the 40 percent who felt that way in October. Republican strategist David Carney pointed out, "But he has time to fix it." Of women who support Trump, they say they like his straight talk and believe he could strengthen America's position on the world stage.
Trump does not have a similar image problem with men and Republican women are also much more likely to approve of Trump. He has been holding around 60 percent favorability since the start of the year. 
Trump's wife Melania and daughter Ivanka have become more involved and have pleaded with him to "act presidential" but Trump claims he is having trouble listening to them. He told supporters at a rally outside Phoenix on Saturday. "Like in the last debate, I acted presidential, OK? I didn't hit little Marco and I didn't hit lyin, lyin, lyin Ted." 
Trump hopes to win over nearly two dozen influential Republicans Monday afternoon (3.21) during an off-the-record gathering that allies believe will improve his relationship with the congressional GOP and the party's Washington establishment. Several members of the House and Senate are expected to participate, plus a bevy of consultants and veteran power brokers. 
Is Opposition to Trump Hardening?
Issued Thursday (3.17), a "Statement From Conservatives Against Trump," published by The Resurgent's Erick Erickson, marks a new phase in conservative efforts to deny the GOP frontrunner the party’s nomination. "We call for a unity ticket that unites the Republican Party." Attendees at the meeting included former George W. Bush adviser Bill Wichterman, former Rand Paul adviser Brian Darling and Rep. Trent Franks (R-AZ), a vocal supporter of Sen. Ted Cruz. 
David Brooks, offered an opinion in the New York Times, "No, Not Trump, Not Ever."
Donald Trump is an affront to basic standards of honesty, virtue and citizenship. He pollutes the atmosphere in which our children are raised. He has already shredded the unspoken rules of political civility that make conversation possible. In his savage regime, public life is just a dog-eat-dog war of all against all.
NBC's Today show took the gloves off against Donald Trump Wednesday (3.16) by featuring a video compilation that no doubt left the vain-glorious candidate red-faced with rage. Matt Lauer introduced the video segment of Trump speaking on Good Morning America on Tuesday, and followed up with his statements on Today just a few minutes later, revealing how Trump gave a totally different story in each interview. 
As the founders would have understood, he is a threat to the long and glorious experiment of American self-government. He is precisely the kind of scapegoating, promise-making, fear-driving and deceiving demagogue they feared.
Trump's supporters deserve respect. They are left out of this economy. But Trump himself? No, not Trump, not ever." 
POLITICO analyzed a week's worth of his words to their magazine's fact-checking process and chronicled 4.6 hours of Trump stump speeches and press conferences. Their results show more than "five dozen statements deemed mischaracterizations, exaggerations, or simply false — the kind of stuff that would have been stripped from one of our stories, or made the whole thing worthy of the spike. It equates to roughly one misstatement every five minutes on average." 
Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass), who had not endorsed any presidential candidate, urged all Americans to unite against the GOP presidential front-runner. "I take Donald Trump very seriously ... What he is promoting is a form of hate that is virulent and that is bad for our country. It is time for all of us to speak out — Republicans, Democrats, independents, libertarians, vegetarians — everybody, to say no to the Donald. We cannot have a man like this as a serious candidate for president and have him threaten to take over the White House. This is not a reality show. This is real life, and this is our country." 
Fox News claims they have had enough of the GOP presidential front-runner's attacks on anchor Megyn Kelly. After Trump on Friday (3.18) called Kelly "sick" and "crazy" on Twitter and appealed to supporters to boycott her show, the network went to bat by labeling Trump's attacks "deplorable" and "beneath the dignity of a presidential candidate." Trump's campaign doubled down, issuing a statement calling Kelly's show "extremely biased," and added, "Mr. Trump will continue to defend himself against the inordinate amount of unfair and inaccurate coverage he receives on her second-rate show each night." 
GOP 2012 presidential nominee, Mitt Romney announced (3.18) that he would vote for Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) in the upcoming Utah caucus. He said he was "repulsed" by Trump and claimed Cruz has the best shot at stopping Trump from winning the nomination. In response, Trump savaged Mitt Romney on his home turf by calling Romney a "choke artist" and questioning his faith. "Are you sure he's a Mormon? Are we sure?" Trump asked a crowd in Salt Lake City. "Do I love the Mormons? I have many friends that live in Salt Lake City — and by the way, Mitt Romney is not one of them," Trump jeered. 
International Leaders Sound Alarms
Trump has threatened to nuke Mexico. "Mexico has a choice between learning things the easy way or the hard way. Let me tell you, we’ve had a similar problem with disobedience back in World War II. And you know how we fixed it? We nuked Japan, and then they surrendered very shortly. So, I think that’s a pretty definitive message, and that’s the hard way. Now, I've said before that political correctness is what's killing this country, and I'm standing by it. However, since I've never been a warmonger, I'm trying to tell them nicely that the ball is in their court. If they agree to pay, we'll have no problem. If they don't and they start acting up, well, we'll just have to watch a re-run of the Japanese episode." 
Australian National University political analyst Dr Norman Abjorensen yesterday said: “Even the most impartial observer would think Donald Trump as president is a little bit scary.”
Japan is concerned about the controversial businessman, as Trump regularly hits Japan in his stump speeches for supposedly unfair trade practices and freeriding on US military protection. "To start with they just thought 'he's funny'," said Masatoshi Honda, a professor of politics at Kinjo University. "But recently they're starting to worry — what happens if Trump wins?"
George Soros claims he is "pouring more money" into the 2016 race and has expressed alarm over the past few months at the candidacy of Donald Trump. In a statement last week about a new group he's funding to increase voting by Latinos and immigrants in the election, Soros again mentioned the candidate by name. "The intense anti-immigrant and anti-Muslim rhetoric that has been fueled by the Republican primary is deeply offensive. There should be consequences for the outrageous statements and proposals that we've regularly heard from Trump."
The hacktivist group known as Anonymous just released Donald Trump's social security number, cell phone and other private details about the Republican frontrunner. The name of the operation — #OpWhiteRose — refers to the resistance against the Nazi Third Reich. Anonymous informs us that a new incarnation of the group has emerged and is forming chapters across the United States. 
Trump Supporters Only More Committed
Trump has proved to be a master of political character assassination using the strategies of Lee Atwater, an aggressive, unpredictable political strategist who in 1988 managed Vice President George H.W. Bush's devastating campaign against Michael Dukakis. Trump is also a fan of professional wrestling and has embraced the style of that entertainment arena to support to his advantage.
Trump also capitalizes on new social media with its unfiltered outlets, such as Twitter, to take these kinds of attacks to new levels. He has also capitalized on the sheer frustration that Americans have with the political system and the economy to get away with vicious attacks that in earlier periods might have caused candidates major problems. 
Trump also engages in dirty tricks. Two days before the Ohio primary, Trump shared a photo of a baseball with the world. But this wasn't just any old ball: It was one apparently signed by baseball's all-time hit-leader, Pete "Charlie Hustle" Rose. "Mr. Trump," the baseball read, "Please make America great again." Pete is a legend in the state. The problem — Trump's claim isn't true. Ray Genco, attorney for Rose, said Trump's ball didn’t come from Pete Rose. Genco made this absolutely clear in a telephone conversation with The Washington Post.
We do not know how Mr. Trump got the ball," Genco said. "I can't authenticate the ball from some Twitter picture." He added: "I can't speak to how Trump got the ball. Pete didn't send it. I made that clear." 
Republicans opposed to Trump appear to only have one solution — select Ted Cruz as the GOP nominee. Detractors claim this is jumping from the frying pan into the fire. Although Mexico, Japan, China and other nations have expressed concerns, Trump supporters believe this is good — because these nations have been pushing the USA around for too long.
Thus, many Trump supporters raise their Bible and point out, "And he changeth the times and the seasons: he removeth kings, and setteth up kings: he giveth wisdom unto the wise, and knowledge to them that know understanding:" Daniel 2:21 (KJV)
Another supporter pleads with followers: "My friends, we are indeed living in the end times, and a Donald Trump presidency will be just the ticket. I believe with all my heart that God is getting ready to shake the world and I further believe that He is going to use Donald J. Trump as president to bring it about. Never before, either in my lifetime or in recorded American history, have we witnessed such a strong reaction to a candidate for president of the United States. Never before have so many world leaders chimed in to give an opinion on our election process. Shoot, even NWO puppet master George Soros is running scared and the millions to 'stop Trump' have already begun to flow."
Another follower: "Fellow Christians will ask me, 'How can you vote for Trump?' and I say back to them, 'Are you kidding me? If you know and believe in Bible Prophecy, how could you not vote for Trump?" 
Trump is clear and concise: "We've gotta take our country back, folks. We gotta take our country back, very simple."
Our Final Question
Thus, the concern we pose to readers — who can stop Donald Trump from gaining the keys to the White House?
[3.21] — "Wind it down, Bernie!" Democratic senators are impressed by Bernie Sanders' insurgent campaign but say the time has come for Bernie to start winding things down. No Democratic senator has endorsed Sanders. There's growing irritation among lawmakers the longer his campaign continues, the more he will undermine Clinton in the fall. "That's something he's going to have to decide," Senate Minority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) said of how long Sanders remains in the race. "She's going to be the nominee." 
[3.21] — Clinton campaign shifts strategy to the General Election. Clinton and outside supporters are confident she and Trump will face each other in the general election and the focus is shifting past her hard-fought primary campaign against Sen. Bernie Sanders. Is Hillary over-confident? Are Berniecrats ready to "wind things down"? 
[3.21] — "Trump: The Man the Founders Feared." Reasons for Trump's rise are complicated. That his rise occurred in the Republican Party is painful for those who are Republicans. That more and more Republicans are supporting Trump — governors Chris Christie and Rick Scott, Ben Carson and Newt Gingrich — makes things worse. We can no longer deny what Trump is and the prospect of turning the party apparatus over to such a person is sickening.
The founders, knowing history and human nature, took great care to devise a system that would prevent demagogues and those with authoritarian tendencies from rising up in America. That system has been extraordinarily successful. We have never before faced the prospect of a political strongman becoming president. 
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