Trump is a virus

Trump is a virus

The Week
By Damon Linker
Image courtesy of Win McNamee/Getty Images

The 45th president of the United States is a virus. He has infected America’s body politic. And there’s only one cure.

The particular form of this virus is really the most disturbing part of Donald Trump’s presidency: the way his words and behavior constitute an ongoing and virulent assault on the very idea that institutions can rise above partisan politics to stand for the good of the nation as a whole.

Of course Democrats oppose President Trump and the agenda of his party. That’s politics. But Trump doesn’t limit his rhetorical wrath to Democratic politicians. In fact, if we set aside the president’s peculiar obsession with the ghost of Hillary Clinton’s presidential campaign, he devotes far more time and energy to railing against institutions and individuals that strive to rise above the partisan fray, to take their stand in the name of the public good: journalists, members of the intelligence community, and those who work in federal law enforcement.

It is America’s faith in these institutions that the Trump virus has most worringly infected.

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