Some of my thoughts from an email exchange (11/28/2016) I had with my two sisters as we lamented Trump’s election:
The Trump we got to know in his campaigns was a demagogue, clearly appealing to the worst base instincts knowing he might win that way. Based on that, I’d have to say the country faces an unprecedented crisis. But now we have to see him in office to know if that same demagogue is the one who exercises power. On “the jury’s out” side, he’s said some conciliatory things and has not held grudges religiously. On the demagogic side, he just re-circulated the notion put forth by some conspiracy theorists that millions did not vote legally, the kind of thing Bannon gets wind of and might have urged on him. The power of the presidency being used for this! The laundry list of other dire possibilities –the fact that he must stop being a businessman and devote full time to the presidency, the gutting of the EPA, climate policy and social policy, the real possibility that he will launch dangerous foreign policies (I hope he selects Romney as Sec of State to lessen this possibility) etc. We have to see what he actually says and does in power. But we may well be facing a great crisis.