For a few days now, I’ve been trying to come up with a cogent argument that would persuade potential Trump voters that he is so far outside the normal or even tolerable bounds of political discourse, that a vote for him would actually be tantamount to voting “no” on a referendum on the future of the Republic. And I flatter myself I’ve come up with several very good arguments. But now I’m giving up, because it dawned on me, that if in the light of the events of just the past week — his demonstrated ignorance about even the most basic elements of US foreign policy, his fuzzy feelings toward anti-American despots, his racist, unpatriotic dog whistling with regards to a Gold Star family, his willingness to undermine whatever credibility remains in any of our institutions, including our electoral system — if none of that can persuade them on its face that this man represents an unprecedented danger to America that goes far beyond any question of partisanship, then no logical argument, not even one crafted by someone much smarter than me, can sway them. This isn’t about reason anymore. It’s id unchained.
I remain convinced that by a significant margin, the American people see this demagogue for what he is and will reject him, soundly, in November. The polls are starting to indicate that at least some of those who might, even a few weeks ago, have considered holding their noses and voting for Trump are thinking better of it. But there does remain that core of support. And I’m deeply concerned about what those people beyond reach and reason will do when he is defeated. I have a terrible feeling that this does not end the first Tuesday in November.