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Trump is being enabled in his attempts to dismantle US democracy piece by piece. In many cases, such enablers cannot claim the shield of ignorance. They cannot claim they are unaware of the consequences of their actions. There are certainly concerted attempts to undermine political and social institutions.

“Rude, inappropriate and disrespectful”: Respect, of the type being talked about, is earned. In his political life so far, Donald Trump has done nothing worthy of respect. Reporters gotta report. They need to ask questions.

Trump et al are engaged in a campaign to actually create a sort of alternative reality where nothing is certain, truths are what Trump says they are, and facts are irrelevant (at best), buried, subverted, or perverted.