Donald Trump has always been a hyperbolic buffoon with a penchant for uttering superlatives and babbling toxic word salads, but now as he seeks to return to the White House, he’s in full batshit crazy mode.
But most Americans don’t realize how far the deep end the Orange Wack Job gone because he posts his inflammatory and incendiary remarks on Truth Social, his niche social media platform, whose core audience is QAnon cultists, white evangelicals, Nazis and assorted rightwing riff-raff.
During his 2016 and 2020 presidential campaigns Trump used Twitter to spread his racist, fascist and divisive rhetoric, and then his tweets were amplified by the cable news networks. Trump’s posts on Truth Social reverberate in the MAGA echo chamber, but they don’t always impact society at large.
If average Americans read Trump’s Truth Social posts as faithfully as his supporters he would lose in a landslide. Trump explicitly and enthusiastically advocates violence as a method to silence his critics. He’s promised to execute generals who don’t do his bidding and opined that shoplifters should be shot. He has promised to use the power of the presidency to jail his political opponents including Joe and Hunter Biden.
If Trump returns to power there will be no guardrails, and there will be no one to restrain his authoritarian and fascist impulses. If Trump wins the presidency and the Republicans keep the House and gain control of the Senate, our democracy will devolve into a White Christian Nationalist theocracy.
Trump is a ruthless cognitively-challenged sociopath, and we must do everything within our power to stop him. The stakes couldn’t be higher, democracy itself is on the line.