With all of the focus on Trump, we must not forget that in many ways, it’s Mitch McConnell (and to an only slightly lesser extent the Republican House leadership) who is the most evil force in play.
He’s the one who declared at the outset of Obama’s Presidency that Obama must fail. He has led the mission of not just stopping Democratic progress but of the larger project of essentially re-fighting the Civil War by other means, including rolling back the New Deal, Civil Rights, and Great Society programs that literally millions of men and women fought for for generations. He engineered the legislative blockade of just about everything Obama wanted to do, starting with sufficient stimulus following the housing collapse, and ensured the slow recovery that cost so many people their livelihoods and helped to create the depression-like circumstances in much of middle America and the resulting bitter climate that got Trump elected. He prevented the filling of a supreme court vacancy that is vital to his plan to ensure that federal and constitutional law continue to enable these plans.
And he is just getting started.
He is using the incredible windfall of complete partisan domination now, regardless (or perhaps under cover) of Trump’s carnival-creating capabilities/liabilities, to do exactly what he has always wanted: dismantle the “welfare” state and go back to some imagined naked form of pure capitalism — the amoral marketplace that happily rewards the nefarious as well as the good. And then let the bricks of modern social institutions fall where they may.
This is why we must not simply fight Trump. We must fight this entire reactionary moment — and with everything we’ve got.