I agree that Trump is no more a racist than the rest of us. And when I say the rest of us, I’m not talking about being avowed haters of other racial tribes. I mean that Trump has no more tribal impulses than many of us who have little difficulty rising above them.

On the other hand Trump is a ruthless, sadistic pursuer of self interest, who sees thowing red meat to White people’s biases as a winning strategy for him, plain and simple.

Perhaps what will save America from his dictatorial ambitions is his core laziness and incompetence. Unfortunately these central attributes of the Donald are in themselves very dangerous for the country.

The sooner he is out of office the better.

Jim Ridgway, Jr. military writer — author of the American Civil War classic, “Apprentice Killers: The War of Lincoln and Davis.” Christmas gift, yes!

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