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Disclaimer: If you are among the 40% of Americans who are enraptured by Donald Trump you will not like what you read here. You should probably turn the page.

I’m not here to debate the issues. I will not argue about Trump’s tax cut, his bluster with our allies, his sycophantic posturing towards our adversaries, his policy towards Israel, his hands-off approach to Syria. You can make a case, if not always a good case, for any of those policies. It’s what Trump is doing to the norms and practices of American democracy that is unforgivable.

The ills of this presidency are more profound than his (admittedly incoherent) policies. The problem is himself; Trump thinks he’s immune to truth and above the constitution. He believes in the rule of one man, Donald Trump, and not the rule of law.

That is a dangerous idea, no matter who the man is. It’s even worse when the man is corrupt, self-absorbed, erratic and vengeful. The rule of law can lead to absurdities; the rule of man will lead to atrocities.

We’re already seeing atrocities on the Mexican border, with children ripped away from parents. Cruelty is in this man’s blood.

I cannot stand having that playground bully representing me, I loathe his being the face America presents to the world.

You may feel differently and that is your right. This is still, technically, a free country. But I will not debate about it. The time for debate is past. I am not here to change minds. I’m here to change a regime.

If the FBI is an out-of-control pack of lying feds, then who will protect us from criminals? If every CIA director is a politically-motivated fool, who will protect us from those, like the Russians, who would do us harm? If “loyalty to the supreme leader” is the ultimate test for government officials, what becomes of the oath to protect and defend the constitution of the United States?

Trump said he’d drain the swamp. That’s a promise he kept. He drained the swamp and made a sewer. His closest aides, cabinet appointees and campaign officers are now convicted felons, dismissed, disgraced, under indictment or cloaked by immunity for their crimes.

Bad laws can be changed; a bad man must be defeated. We won’t get there with impeachment, that can’t work with the Senate we have now, or even the best one we can get in November. The best an impeachment strategy can produce is a moral victory. But a moral victory won’t save us.

Maybe you hope that Trump’s next outrage, tweet, lie, fight, firing or failure will be the one. The one that finally makes his supporters turn against him, fleeing his sinking ship. Sadly, that is not going to happen. They’re going right down with him.

We cannot persuade the 40% of Americans who are dazzled by his cult. They are our fellow Americans but they are lost to us for now.

All that matters is that they are only 40%. The rest of America—from the few conservatives trying to save their movement from a demagogue, to the many moderates disgusted by the stench of evil emanating from the White House, to the liberals, progressives, sane and crazy leftists who’ve opposed Trump from the day he ghouled down that escalator—constitutes a solid majority.

Some people are so heartsick with outrage they compare Trump to Hitler. That is an exaggeration. Trump is nowhere near as good at being evil as Hitler.

But let’s accept the point for a moment. Was Hitler stopped by resignations of his Nazi flunkies? Did we get through to the moral consciences of the Good Germans? Did we wait for the Nuremberg trials to topple Hitler, like some are hoping Mueller does Trump?

No, we defeated him. The struggle we’re in now must be fought with ballots, never violence. But Trump must be defeated as comprehensively as that other threat.

D-Day for Trump is coming. There is an election this November, the most consequential in our lifetimes. Together, we can stop this disaster. We can freeze it in its tracks, make Trump a lame duck for two years, and lance the boil in 2020.

But only if we get past our delusions and ready for the political fight for our lives. We have two elections to decide our fate. The first to break his stranglehold on power, the second to send him home to New York and that RICO prosecution he so richly deserves.

Disclaimer: If you are among the 40% of Americans who are enraptured by Donald Trump you will not like what you read here. You should probably turn the page.

I’m not here to debate the issues. I will not argue about Trump’s tax cut, his bluster with our allies, his sycophantic posturing towards our adversaries, his policy towards Israel, his hands-off approach to Syria. You can make a case, if not always a good case, for any of those policies. It’s what Trump is doing to the norms and practices of American democracy that is unforgivable.

The ills of this presidency are more profound than his (admittedly incoherent) policies. The problem is himself; Trump thinks he’s immune to truth and above the constitution. He believes in the rule of one man, Donald Trump, and not the rule of law.

That is a dangerous idea, no matter who the man is. It’s even worse when the man is corrupt, self-absorbed, erratic and vengeful. The rule of law can lead to absurdities; the rule of man will lead to atrocities.

We’re already seeing atrocities on the Mexican border, with children ripped away from parents. Cruelty is in this man’s blood.

I cannot stand having that playground bully representing me, I loathe his being the face America presents to the world.

You may feel differently and that is your right. This is still, technically, a free country. But I will not debate about it. The time for debate is past. I am not here to change minds. I’m here to change a regime.

If the FBI is an out-of-control pack of lying feds, then who will protect us from criminals? If every CIA director is a politically-motivated fool, who will protect us from those, like the Russians, who would do us harm? If “loyalty to the supreme leader” is the ultimate test for government officials, what becomes of the oath to protect and defend the constitution of the United States?

Trump said he’d drain the swamp. That’s a promise he kept. He drained the swamp and made a sewer. His closest aides, cabinet appointees and campaign officers are now convicted felons, dismissed, disgraced, under indictment or cloaked by immunity for their crimes.

Bad laws can be changed; a bad man must be defeated. We won’t get there with impeachment, that can’t work with the Senate we have now, or even the best one we can get in November. The best an impeachment strategy can produce is a moral victory. But a moral victory won’t save us.

Maybe you hope that Trump’s next outrage, tweet, lie, fight, firing or failure will be the one. The one that finally makes his supporters turn against him, fleeing his sinking ship. Sadly, that is not going to happen. They’re going right down with him.

We cannot persuade the 40% of Americans who are dazzled by his cult. They are our fellow Americans but they are lost to us for now.

All that matters is that they are only 40%. The rest of America—from the few conservatives trying to save their movement from a demagogue, to the many moderates disgusted by the stench of evil emanating from the White House, to the liberals, progressives, sane and crazy leftists who’ve opposed Trump from the day he ghouled down that escalator—constitutes a solid majority.

Some people are so heartsick with outrage they compare Trump to Hitler. That is an exaggeration. Trump is nowhere near as good at being evil as Hitler.

But let’s accept the point for a moment. Was Hitler stopped by resignations of his Nazi flunkies? Did we get through to the moral consciences of the Good Germans? Did we wait for the Nuremberg trials to topple Hitler, like some are hoping Mueller does Trump?

No, we defeated him. The struggle we’re in now must be fought with ballots, never violence. But Trump must be defeated as comprehensively as that other threat.

D-Day for Trump is coming. There is an election this November, the most consequential in our lifetimes. Together, we can stop this disaster. We can freeze it in its tracks, make Trump a lame duck for two years, and lance the boil in 2020.

But only if we get past our delusions and ready for the political fight for our lives. We have two elections to decide our fate. The first to break his stranglehold on power, the second to send him home to New York and that RICO prosecution he so richly deserves.