It isn’t only that Donald Trump is as petty and narcissistic a figure as we’ve ever seen in our national life, it’s that he shares traits with every brutal authoritarian dictator, as Allen Clifton argues persuasively in his piece “5 Traits Donald Trump Shares With Nearly Every Brutal, Authoritarian Dictator” from ForwardProgressives (see below)

How Trump gets away without any reaction from his own supporters when he denies the obvious, most recently that his inauguration crowd had only one-quarter (if that) of those who attended Barak Obama’s 2009 inauguration (1.7 million), and that he spends his first day as President attacking the legitimate press for reporting real news, is unfathomable to me.

I remember so well as a kid watching Jiminy Cricket on Sunday night’s Disney hour teaching the physics principle – “To every action, there is an equal and opposite reaction.”

Trump’s borderline personality and his threats to American democracy without shame can’t last forever. I’m hoping (yay – praying) that by the end of 2017 at the latest, we will witness the pendulum suddenly shift direction and bring us back to a measure of national sanity.

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