I get this question a lot, and will answer it as part of an additional comment about why I reproduce my craziest emails at all. The short answer is that - despite the current uproar - I do not want people harassing each other, I just want people to see the content. /1
The reason I want people to see the content is that I want Americans to see, up close, that this past four years has turned some of their fellow citizens nearly into lunatics, unable to grasp reality and filled with rage 24/7. This is the synergy of Fox, talk radio, and Trump. /2
I want people to see the kind of stuff that Trump's opponents get, and to ask themselves if this is really the America they love. This is McCarthyism - if McCarthy had been communicating at the level of a psychotic third grader or a rampaging talking ape. /3
It's not even about politics. It's about the bizarre effect of years of affluence and boredom on about 40 percent of the country - and especially people my age - who now are incapable of any form of expression that isn't basically yelling at the Tee Vee. /4
And in my case, when it comes with a barrage of demands to fire me and send me to Gitmo or Leavenworth or Detroit, it exposes the hypocrisy of people who whine about cancel culture and mob rule but then pull out the pitchforks when anyone else speaks up. /5
So I'll keep sharing my fan mail with you - but not who sends it. No one needs that. But even now, with two weeks to go before the election, never forget what Trumpism means and how crazy it made these people. The road back is not going to be easy. But we can do it. /6x

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Think of that. His own political base actively avoids him, so he won't mess up what they prefer to believe. /1
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