Hospitalized with a contagious disease, the president continued to behave recklessly. Yesterday, he demanded that his Secret Service detail pile into a hermetically sealed car with him to parade him past a few well-wishers congregating outside. Trump’s macho spree, which needlessly compromised his agents’ health, marked a nadir in his relations with Americans already disgusted and fed up with his grossly irresponsible, inconsiderate ways.
It is terribly demoralizing to realize that someone so ungoverned and ungovernable will be returning to the summit of American power. Last week, the New York Times’ expose of Trump’s finances showed cheating to be one of Trump’s lifelong passions, whereas Tuesday’s debate showed Trump to be deeply unreliable when truth and trust are needed most. Trump is like a faithless husband to the US, his bride. His love of lying and threats toward voters and other segments of the American population are abusive traits, which, in a marriage, no self-respecting spouse would tolerate. Yet no one in America can rein in Donald Trump or call him to account.
As Trump returns to the White House from Walter Reed, the nation braces for the next episode of this excruciating charade. Even though Biden is ahead in the polls, whether the US is on the verge of being rid of Donald Trump or Republican control of the Senate is still very uncertain. The people in Trump’s administration, his allies in the Senate and elsewhere, donors and capitalists who support Trump for cynical reasons: their actions threaten America’s very being. Today, I wonder whether the US can survive as a republic if they pull off a win. In any event, it will take years of effort to build back better, to check the destructive forces that Trump has summoned. American voters have the power, if only they will wield it, to stave off further disaster, so that reform can begin.