Not sure it matters when or how the leader of the radical extremist US regime came to be radicalized, the fact is he did. Maybe since age 4 or 5, maybe by Roy Cohn, but it happened. Many TV talking heads are still not speaking as if Trump is a radical extremist troll. They cast about for other explanations: he’s “not normal,” he’s “disconnected from reality,” and so son. Some in the media say they are “news” people rather than “opinion” people, so they couldn’t possibly impute malignant motives to a person holding the “office of the presidency.” They are no more fair or objective than I am when I call the US government a radical extremist “regime.” They speak with forked tongues, that is their hesitation is surely caused by motivated reasoning–or else they are more gullible than I think (why do I think their tax bracket and that of their bosses has anything to do with anything?). Their reluctance is unscientific and not objective at all: a true empiricist approach would be to sift through interpretations for Trump’s behavior and then broadcast the most plausible, whatever they are. Reporters of all people ought to mistrust and verify always and everywhere–if your mother says x, check it out! It is long past time to pretend that we should give Trump the benefit of the doubt because surely he’s going to “pivot.”
Trump’s radical extremist trolling has now flapped the hard to flap British by retweeting far-right fake news from Britain First, and then had the nerve to tell Theresa May to mind her own business! “I alone can stir any and all pots.” And Sarah Sanders’ stated position is pure big lie: who cares if the videos are real, what matters is ein volk, ein reich, ein Trump. How we got here, whether it was was race or class or economic anxiety or Comey or Vlad or YOLO attitude, now how do we dig out? At least I hope there’s a way to dig out.