Step 16: Donald Trump has nominated retired Marine General James “Mad Dog” Mattis to be his Secretary of Defense. Originally known more accurately as the Department of War, it was rebranded as the euphemistic Department of Defense in1949. “Mad Dog” Mattis represents the rejection of civilian control of the military, and the move toward full command of the generals. Mattis declared that “It’s fun to shoot some people” in 2005, one year after he oversaw the flattening of Fallujah in Iraq, and the murder by US forces of 736 people, overwhelmingly women and children.
Step17: Donald Trump’s daughter, Ivanka, sat in on a meeting between the Prime Minister of Japan and her dad while her clothing line was negotiating a licensing deal with a Japanese apparel giant whose largest shareholder is—wait for it!—a bank that is wholly owned by the government of Japan.
Step 18: Donald Trump continues to promote the idea—without a shred of evidence—that millions of votes were illegally cast in the recent national election, even as his own lawyers filed papers in federal court stating that “ all available evidence suggests the 2016 general election was not tainted by fraud or mistake.” Welcome to the fact-free, faith-based world of today.
Step 19: Hate crimes in New York directed against Muslims, Jews , and ethnic and racial minorities are spiking upward since the election—as much as 35% over the same period a year ago.
Step 20: Michael Flynn, tapped to be Trump’s national security adviser, makes things up and spreads fraud on Twitter. He claimed, for example, that Hillary Clinton ran a child sex trafficking ring out of Comet Ping Pong, a pizzeria in Washington. Edgar Welch, unhinged by the news, showed up at the restaurant with a rifle to investigate, fired a shot, and was arrested. One hopes Michael Flynn is called for the defense.