This is exactly why I have cautioned against missing the forest for the trees:
“If there had been any doubt, it has now become clear that this election campaign is about more than the selection of a president: The values that support American democracy are deteriorating. Large numbers of Americans across party lines have lost faith in their democracy, and many will not accept the legitimacy of this election.
Those were the stark findings from a survey we performed from Oct. 6 through Oct. 8 of more than 3,000 registered voters, fully 40 percent of whom say: “I have lost faith in American democracy.” Six percent indicate they’ve never had faith in the system. Overall, barely more than half — just 52 percent — say, “I have faith in American democracy.” (Most respondents completed the survey before the Oct. 7 release of the video in which Donald Trump bragged about groping women, but the responses of those surveyed afterward were indistinguishable from those who answered the day before.) …”
I continue to stay that Trump hasn’t been anything but a gift for us. Just on these two measures alone, trust in the #LyingPress and faith in liberal democracy, Trump has torched the legitimacy of the system. BTW, if you haven’t been following him on the campaign trail, he is just getting started.
A funny thing happened in the 2016 election cycle: the Alt-Right, which heading into the election didn’t believe in 1.) Taking Back America or 2.) democracy, nevertheless threw itself into both. Perhaps it was all just seizing the opportunity to illustrate both of these points on a grand scale?