So I think these are some reasons why I might be perceived as “downplaying” Trump
Have I “Downplayed” The Horrors Of Trump? A Self-Assessment
Michael Tracey

To me, the biggest reason why I see you as “downplaying” Trump is that you don’t spend a second here considering what a Trump presidency would be like. This entire piece is about his candidacy, but he is a candidate for an office, and it’s extremely hard to see him occupying that office in a way that doesn’t have really awful consequences for the country. Your argument that Trump critics are all about his boorish behavior is a straw man — he has many critics (especially the many mainstream Republicans who have spoken out against him) who are entirely worried about how terrible a president he would be in practice. That’s the issue you need to address.