It was the height of the campaign, and Donald Trump was on the attack.
On the eve of the final debate, he promised to build a wall on the Mexican border, ban Muslims from entering the country and force all Muslims to wear face veils.
He was running on a promise to get things done, but the truth is, he was running to make money.
“I will make the world a better place,” he declared.
That’s what Trump said.
For the next few months, he went on a rampage of false accusations, lies, lies and more lies.
He blamed the media for everything from Benghazi to the election.
The more he lied, the more money he made.
He made a fortune, and as president, he used his position to further enrich himself.
“If you think you’re going to get away with it, I’m not sure you’ve ever been there,” Trump said at a campaign rally in New Hampshire, a state that had voted for Trump by about a 2-1 margin.
“The only thing I can say is I’m a businessman.”
His supporters in Iowa, New Hampshire and South Carolina cheered.
“He’s going to build the wall, he’s going [to] get rid of all the bad people,” Trump told his supporters in South Carolina, where he was leading the polls.
And so it began.
Trump’s “Trumpcare” would cut Medicaid and other healthcare programs, impose an even more draconian tax and regulatory regime, and gut the Environmental Protection Agency and other regulatory agencies that regulate air, water, and land quality.
And then, he would blame the media and everyone else who dared to question him on a massive, unprovoked assault on the First Amendment.
It was a textbook example of what happens when an authoritarian president wants to impose a system of power on a populace that has never been subject to that power.
It wasn’t just a Trumpcare attack; it was a campaign attack on journalists and the First Ammendment.
He would attack the press for reporting his lies and his lies would be used to intimidate the press and anyone else who would dare to challenge him.
In South Carolina he claimed he could win by “going after the people that are making my life difficult.”
He used his campaign to push a baseless conspiracy theory about former President Obama and his birth certificate.
And it was all the more remarkable because the people who were most in danger were the reporters who reported on the campaign.
The story of the 2016 presidential election was a bizarre and horrifying tale of authoritarianism and corruption.
It’s an indictment of the Republican Party and a celebration of Trump’s power and wealth.
It has the ring of a fairy tale, but it’s not.
It represents an actual political reality that is now more evident than ever in the era of Trump and the Republican Congress.
The Republican Party has become a political party that has been hijacked by a political movement that believes in a white, Christian America.
Trump is a Republican in name only, and he is not a Republican.
It is clear that the movement he helped start has become the party of the billionaire class.
What is clear is that Trump and his followers have hijacked the party, and they are going to use the presidency to do it again.
It will be up to the American people to decide whether or not they want the party to continue on its current path.
For all its many flaws, the 2016 Republican Party was a remarkable accomplishment for the right, for the GOP and for America.
Its success was a testament to a long tradition of American populism that has led to the establishment of a strong democratic republic and to the rise of a movement that has helped transform the country.
It showed us how we could build a strong and vibrant conservative movement.
Trumpism is not the answer for America today.
It does not solve our country’s problems.
And in its attempt to take over the party and its political leadership, it is a dangerous threat to our future.
But the American right must not fall for the false hope that the only way out of our present crisis is to move away from the Republican leadership and to build an entirely new political movement based on ideas that respect our democracy and the rule of law.
That will require a new political party based on principles that embrace our Constitution and our principles of self-government and a willingness to take on the corrupt, elitist political elites that have corrupted our government and our country.
That new party must embrace the Constitution and the values it enshrines, including our Bill of Rights.
And that is what the Republican party has failed to do.
As a result, the right is taking the fall.
It must now fight back.
It needs to stop attacking the media, and it needs to start challenging its own leadership and candidates.
There are several steps that we can take right now to stop this madness.
First, Republicans must stand up to Trumpism.
We must stand with the press, the American public, and the