from Steve Schmidt

Sep. 1, 2020

Contemplating this American moment is essential because the crisis will worsen and become more dangerous. What is it that we are watching unfold in front of us? What does it mean? What is at stake? What was the meaning of the Republican Convention? What happened there? (1)

Trumpism was sharply and intentionally defined at the convention. It is a toxic, metastic and authoritarian ideology that has taken root in America. 25 to 30 % of the country are devotees to it. Trumpism is fundamentally Un-American. It is a cult of personality that venerates Donald Trump. The Republican Party imposes but one demand now. Obedience and Submission to the leader. The Convention was politically ineffective yet still ominous, jarring and repugnant. The convention advanced the audacious absurdity that Trump cares about America and the American people. The message was delivered by a bevy of liars, careerists, propagandists, conspiracy theorists, crackpots, collaborators and self-interested family members. The week was defined by its breathtaking mendacity, utter and premeditated lawlessness and the seizure of Some of the most powerful symbols of the American Republic for perverse purposes not the least of which is the underlying autocratic instinct to hijack symbols of national unity and proclaim them as tribal totems marking the authority of the state in the name of the leader.