What, exactly, Donald Trump will be able to get away with in other areas is yet to be seen, and much will depend on the further adventures of the Mueller investigation. Will Trump survive his (or his team’s) alleged collaboration with Moscow? Will he get away with many apparent attempts to obstruct justice, such as demanding personal loyalty from an FBI Director, and then firing him? Did his demand that Hillary Clinton be jailed actually hurt her more than him? Did he get away with his shocking failure to condemn white supremacists, largely by changing the subject? It appears now that, except in circles already militantly hostile to him, Trump has paid no price for calling a cruel and hostile dictator to congratulate him on winning a phony election. He largely gets away with it. If we are to depend, as a safeguard against any move in the direction of fascism, on the thoughts and behavior of our citizens, the future of those safeguards begins to look bleak.
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