Trump is sabotaging the Post Office, sending mercenaries to beat demonstrators in American cities (those run by Democrats, anyway), and figuring out how to rig or postpone the election.
I have some troubling scenarios of my own. But maybe what we are seeing is something else, as another BMGer has already suggested.
Two years ago our own gmoke wrote:
According to The Confidence Game: Why We Fall for It… Every Time by Maria Konnikova (NY: Viking, 2016 ISBN 978-0-525-42741-4), there’s a structure to the con:
The put-up picks out the mark
The play establish a bond
The rope lays out the pitch
The tale proffers the benefit
The convincer is where the conman lets us win
The breakdown is where we start to lose
The send is where the victim is recommitted
The touch is where the mark is completely fleeced.
The blow-off gets rid of the mark ASAP
The fix prevents marks from making official complaints
On that score, we are at the end game: the fix.
If so, Trump’s provocations are bullying threats designed so that, when the time comes, we will agree to immunity and goodness knows what else for him to simply leave. To get us to give him a deal better than Nixon’s, with the same thin rationale “to move on and bring the country together” etc. while telling ourselves we got off lucky.