In a striking editorial the NYT raises a possibility unprecedented in mainstream U.S. politics since the Civil War:
But his behavior this week raises a more disturbing scenario. Perhaps he has given up on winning through civil means and does not care about the consequences of his campaign of incitement.
It’s a radical proposition, and one with about as much chance of success as Ammon Bundy and Co.’s occupation of the Malheur National Wildlife Refuge i.e. virtually none. It would be extremely personally unwise for the candidate, his family, and his business interests, and would probably destroy the Republican Party for the foreseeable future. It would also, of course, be a tragedy for the country: a grievous self-inflicted wound. But could they be right?