Some Americans Have Finally Recognized Trump is a Dangerous Traitor

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eing a journalist in the Trump era is an exhausting job. It’s a daily onslaught of propaganda, fake news and idiotic statements from the president of the United States. And there are also threats of physical violence from Trump’s cult-like followers. During a Montana rally where the president joked about the assault of a Guardian reporter, CNN’s Jim Acosta accused him of “planting the seeds of violence.”

If you think that I’m being a “snowflake” remember this, Donald Trump takes advice from Russian President Vladimir Putin, who bragged about reducing America’s global influence.

“A country can get the sense from impunity that you can do anything,” said Putin, during a recent speech, according to the Financial Times. “This is the result of the monopoly from a unipolar world . . . Luckily this monopoly is disappearing. It’s almost done.”

Over the weekend Trump sided with Saudi Arabia, who tortured Washington Post columnist Jamal Khashoggi to death. If you’re not worried, you should be.

Mental health experts have also reported increased levels of anxiety during the Trump era. In addition to the daily news onslaught, minority groups have it particularly bad. They are targeted by law enforcement and immigration officials. Black people, in particular, have to be wary of where the next insult or act of racial profiling is going to come from in a time when people think it’s okay to be openly racist.

But, like anything in life, people have reached a wall. It seems there are signs of the American people pushing back against the worst presidency in history. It’s easy to engage in liberal holier-than-thou rage, but that’s not helpful. At least some people are willing to admit they’ve made a terrible mistake.

Trump may have his hard-core group of cultists in his thrall, but cracks are appearing in other sections of his base. Some former Trump supporters are finally coming to the realization they made a terrible mistake.

CNN’s Alisyn Camerota, who has interviewed several Trump supporters, recently featured a panel of disillusioned voters. Some of them felt genuine regret at their decision and admitted they were duped.

Former Trump supporter and Republican Anthony Miles said he had initially bought into Trump’s rhetoric. But about a year later he’s horrified by what sees.

He added, “we’ve got a very, crazy man driving the train.”

Sydney Cohan was even more apologetic. She also admitted she made a terrible decision. “I’m sorry I voted for him,” she said.

There are other reports of faults in the Trump alliance. When Trump arrived in conservative Montana he was met with a huge liar sign that was visible from the air. There have also been news reports of Republican men and women who are secretly planning to vote against the GOP but won’t publicly admit it in their circles. Other high-profile ex-GOPers, such as Max Boot and George Will, have urged people to vote for Democrats.

In a CNN interview, former Trump lawyer Michael Cohen said, “Get to the poll, because if not, you are going to have another two or another six years of this craziness.”

So it seems that the #walkaway movement is really coming from the Republican Party.

You never really know how people are going to vote. What people do in the privacy of the voting booth is often different from what they’ll publicly admit to.

And the Russians are still targeting Americans with hacking efforts and information warfare. Russian Elena Alekseevna Khusyaynova was recently charged with using information warfare to try to influence the midterm elections. According to the indictment, she has spent $10 million this year on the effort.

However, it does seems that Americans are finally tired of Trump’s antics and the shame he’s brought to the country. To quote Trump’s own words, “this carnage stops now.”

Manny Otiko writes about race, politics and sports. He has been published in Salon and LA Weekly. Follow him on Twitter @mannyotiko.

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