As regards Putin’s influence on King Donald, we know one thing for sure. We know that Putin is DT’s role model. DT has aspired to wielding power like Putin, and becoming eligible to join that exclusive club whose members are the world’s autocrats. And this does not speak to what actual hold Putin has on Trump. What they call “compromat”. What compromising material that he is holding over DT’s head.
But that may already be old news, now that he has been acquitted in his impeachment trial. DT has, in fact, achieved his ambition. He now holds absolute power. He can do whatever he wishes! And he will. He has started off, today, by purging his enemies, as one expects of a newly-empowered boss man.
What are we going to do about this very ugly and terrifying circumstance? Now that he has become, to invoke another purported role model, a Hitler. For me, this is more ominous than anything I have previously experienced. We will, of course, do our utmost to vote him out of office. But what if he loses the election and refuses to leave office? Or, having stolen or won four more years, he declares himself President-for-Life? This happens elsewhere, and could happen here. And all evidence, including his own words, indicates that that is what he has in mind.
We had better start discussing contingency plans. And in private. It’s very likely that it will soon become too dangerous to discuss resistance openly.