The Week (US)

Trump’s dangerous fantasies

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Charles Cooke

Conservati­ves can’t afford to ignore the “startling” scale of Donald Trump’s delusions, said Charles Cooke. When Maggie Haberman of The New York Times reported last week that Trump has been telling close supporters that he expects to be “reinstated” this August, some figures on the Right dismissed it as fake news. But many of my own Republican sources confirm Trump truly does believe that the bogus “audit” of the election in Arizona will prove he won, and that similar audits of other swing states will lead to his being declared the winner of the 2020 election. If Trump were “a fringe figure,” his delusional thinking could be dismissed, but the ex-president remains a highly influentia­l figure within the GOP, and he’s using his lie about election fraud as a litmus test for Republican candidates in 2022 and 2024. Let’s be clear: Trump’s “obscene” fantasy of being reinstated in the White House represents “a rejection of the entire system of American government.” It is simply “not how America works.” You don’t have to be a Democrat to acknowledg­e that the former president is “unmoored from the real world,” and that his insistence he’s the real president is deeply corrosive to our democracy.

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