Yes, of course it's a distraction from the impeachment.
But Trump has been manufacturing crises since taking office.
Snyder explains that it's actually a fascist form of governing.
Ilyin was a Russian nobleman who went into exile after the communist revolution.
Ilyin believed fascism would eventually replace both communism and democracy.
He admired totalitarianism and order.
Fascism = order.
Democracy & communism = disorder & chaos.
Ilyin disliked the middle class, which always striving for social advancement.
He thus advocated oligarchy.
The task of government, for Ilyin, is to create stability, which which can’t happen with a middle class always trying to lift itself up.
But you can’t tell the people THAT. So you tell them the oligarchs are “redeemers.”
You find or create an enemy so you can "protect" the people.
They create crisis and spectacle!
They identify enemies and “neutralize" them.
News becomes reality TV. It's all a show.
Yes, Trump is doing it on purpose.
Before you say he can't possible manage something like that, consider that he's a natural.
Also it isn't exactly hard. You just have tell lies and create crises.
Trump is a natural at identifying enemies, creating spectacle, and lurching from one crisis to another.
He is an incompetent president of a constitutional republic.
He's an incompetent president of a democracy.
He's also a failed businessman.
But he's an extraordinarily talented fascist leader.
Really, one of the best.
A few months ago, I should have been certain that the GOP leadership would stop short of following Trump blindly into a war, particularly in the Middle East.
Now I won't be surprised if they say threatening war crimes is fine.