The author goes all the way back to the Republicans' so-called Southern strategy, which spoke to the racism of white folks and was a response to the social unrest of the 1960's, which was itself a cry for justice for all people of the U.S. and defined the core values of the Democratic Party.
And then he gets to the present day, the situation we're in because those same Republicans who have supported racism and elitism and wealthy people for-almost-ever, have broken all the rules of a civil government in order to elect a lying, misogynistic, clown.
And this section, showing exactly where we stand now that this creature is in office:
- On December 29, 2016, US intelligence reports
that Russian security services, directed by Putin, had stolen emails
and other information on the computers of the Democratic National
Committee, the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee, Clinton's
campaign staff and equivalent Republican organizations . . . but sent only the Democratic information to WikiLeaks in order to support Donald Trump. Top Russian officials celebrate Trump's win. A related report from the Director of National Intelligence (start on p. 7 for the jaw-dropping summary) states that "Russian intelligence obtained and maintained access to elements of multiple US state or local electoral boards," and that Putin - emboldened by his success in getting his chosen candidate elected - intends to continue interfering with American elections.
- On the day that Obama imposes new sanctions on Russia for invading the US election, Trump's incoming National Security Advisor, Michael Flynn, has five phone calls with the Russian ambassador. Trump quickly takes action to gut US intelligence gathering capacities (many aimed at Russia). He wants to break up the European Union, a strong US ally and powerful economic and political force against Russia, and he considers NATO to be "obsolete."
- After promising to "drain the swamp," Trump's cabinet picks are mostly billionaires or millionaires, with strong ties to Wall Street, who try to bypass standard conflict-of-interest reviews. Republican Representatives quickly strip ethics oversight from Congress
but relent after public outcry. In business with many oligarchs and
foreign governments, with conflicts of interest that threaten national
security, Trump won't release his financial records and - as the top
ethics lawyer for the Bush administration put it - won't choose between
being a landlord or the President.
- Having received 46.1% of the vote, Trump's approval ratings drop during the transition to 40%, contrasted to Bush's 61% and Obama's 83% when they entered office.
(Thanks to Neva for sending me this link!)