1. THIS. The great sigh of relief people have about a return to normalcy, I get it, I do! And obviously, once the power of the presidency is removed from Trump a MASSIVE amount of normality will be returned to us- and this is not to be under appreciated. But the body politic of
2. Of this country is very sick, WAS sick, had to be sick, to produce a Republican Party nominee as corrupt & malevolent as Trump was- let alone turn him into an elected president even with the system fluke. And keep in mind, there was no repudiation as we hoped. For all the +
3. signs, polls, interactions, forecasts, there was still massive support for this man who is objectively a serial liar, as committed to breaking the country as he is to golf. Even now, the vast majority of Reps, electeds and voters, seem willing to entertain illegal methods
4. Of preserving his power- not once freaking out or responding w a "no, no democracy matters more than our party maintaining power" to Trump's various mechaniations over the past few weeks (but if they want to start now, I for one would welcome it with open arms & laude them
5. For it! All of it adds up to the hard truth that we'll likely remain in very rough waters, although too be sure, it doesn't have to be that way! Much depends on @senatemajldr. I suppose that's why I'm so "half-empty" about the extent of the relief we're getting. Still,
6. Escaping the Trump presidency is HUGE. It'll feel like getting away from a mad man. I expect to cry, the relief will be so intense, frankly.

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