Donald Trump will not set out to build an authoritarian state. HisExcerpt from the book The American Crisis, What Went Wrong. How We Recover. by the writers of The The Atlantic
immediate priority seems likely to be to use the presidency to enrich
himself. But as he does so, he will need to protect himself from legal
risk. Being Trump, he will also inevitably wish to inflict payback on
his critics. Construction of an apparatus of impunity and revenge will
begin haphazardly and opportunistically. But it will accelerate. It will
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