Donald Trump is the logical culmination of nearly 50 years of money in politics (as started by the Buckley v. Veleo in 1976) having an ever corrupting influence on the Republican Party, along with their increasing reliance on Southern Strategy racial politics and voter suppression to remain electorally viable. A state-run propaganda outlet in Fox News is a contributing factor as well.As much as I'd love to harp on how often you repeat "argue with facts not emotions" and then repeatedly handwring spouting easily falsifiable "truisms" that mean nothing, I really want to ignore all the petty bullshit and actually speak to you straight up.
How do you think an actual fascist got to be sitting the White House? Do you truly consider Trumps policies that aberrant from the operations as usual in America? Do you think he's a sole catalyst for this? Do you think he masked his true agenda before he came into office? How do you think this happened? Do you think a moderate Democrat will reverse course for the country and we'll never see the likes of Trump again?
These are all honest questions because I truly cannot understand how you see the world when you argue for more status quo Democrats in the face of this rise of nationalist fascism.
To an extent yes, Donald Trump did mask his true agenda. While the majority of American voters saw him for the con man he was, he was able to convince enough voters in the right states (along with help from Russia, the media, and James Comey) that he was the better binary choice than Clinton. As posted earlier, more voters viewed Trump as closer to the center than Clinton.
Yes, a "moderate" Democrat can reverse course for this country but not with their current interpretation of politics. Democratic political consultants continue to ignore the obvious realities that negative partisanship dictates elections. All elections now are influenced by national politics. Democrats are favored to have a good year in 2020, much like 2018 because of the current occupant in the White House (generic ballot has been polling at D+6 all cycle).
The error of the Obama Administration was refusal to prosecute those responsible in the Bush Administration for their crimes. Should the next Democratic President do the same with Trump, it is only a matter of time before a more competent, authoritarian figure emerges out of the Republican Party. Liberals and conservatives speak in different languages. Conservatives operate on moral systems of punishment and reward. To curtail further assaults on democracy, the Democratic President must prosecute all the corruption in the Trump Administration, and enact retribution towards Mitch McConnell and Congressional Republicans for their persistent attacks on Democratic norms. Such examples would be stonewalling funding to states that purge voters or requiring highway funds to come with carbon reduction requirements. Playing "hard ball" is the only language Republicans will understand, and the only way to deter future nefariousness.