Trump Tries to Delegitimize…Everything

The debate was a trainwreck. But the contrast is clear.

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Trump did nothing to win over voters. His entire intent was to delegitimize…everything. He pushed debate protocol out the window immediately. He bullied. He overtalked. He shouted. He lied. He attacked Biden’s sons in scurrilous ways. 

Trump made more outrageous claims about mail-in voting than ever before. Asked if he would decry white supremacists, he did not. Asked if he would respect the process and have his supporters stand down until the election is certified, Trump instead encouraged his supporters to “go into the polls and watch very carefully” and urged the extremist group the Proud Boys to “stand back and stand by.” They heard the message loud and clear.

Biden supporters may well wish that he had fought back harder or found his zingers more readily. Perhaps he could have made the contrast between the two even greater. But the contrast is this: One man abides by the rules—not just the rules of debates, but the rules of the democratic process and the rule of law. The other spins a tale, told by an idiot, full of sound and fury, signifying nihilism.

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Truth #1: The chaos is the point.

Truth #2: Team Reality is bigger than it seems.

Truth #3: Facebook owns this.

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Truth #5: It's about minority rule.

Truth #6: The only thing that can save us is…us.

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SIX TRUTHS

Reclaiming power from those who abuse it often starts with telling the truth. And in "This Is How Authoritarians Get Defeated," MoJo's Monika Bauerlein unpacks six truths to remember during the homestretch of an election where democracy, truth, and decency are on the line.

Truth #1: The chaos is the point.

Truth #2: Team Reality is bigger than it seems.

Truth #3: Facebook owns this.

Truth #4: When we go to work, we're in the fight.

Truth #5: It's about minority rule.

Truth #6: The only thing that can save us is…us.

Please take a moment to see how all these truths add up, because what happens in the weeks and months ahead will reverberate for at least a generation and we better be prepared.

And if you think journalism like Mother Jones'—that calls it like it is, that will never acquiesce to power, that looks where others don't—can help guide us through this historic, high-stakes moment, and you're able to right now, please help us reach our $350,000 goal by October 31 with a donation today. It's all hands on deck for democracy.

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