Yes, the internet and the right-wing media dramatically helped to organize crazy. These folks know that Trump is a con and that he will do absolutely nothing for them in practical terms. Still, he does one thing that’s very very important for his supporters. He says that their primitive impulses to think and speak their tribal feelings is good and that they are the salt of the earth vs. the “other.” That validation of their worth means everything to them. It is he and they against the world — a real rush.

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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