If this were Recep Tayyip Erdogan’s Turkey or Xi Jinping’s China, troublesome journalists would be sacked or imprisoned. In Mr Trump’s America they are free to continue their work. And it is hard to see that changing.

Are they free to continue their work? Trump, the Birther who gushes that Alex Jones has a great reputation, is calling for Congress to investigate whatever Trump deems “fake news.” He regularly hurls dangerously inflammatory vitriol at the 4th Estate, going so far as to label our free media “the enemy of the American people.” No one can deny the Hitler-esque tone of that one.

In that regard, Hitler took more than nine months to consolidate his power. I agree our Democratic institutions are robust, but there are warning signs that go beyond Trump’s assault on the media.

A United States Senator from his own party is now openly challenging Trump’s mental fitness to be President (something that was long over due). Trump is making bizarre don’t negotiate because “only one thing will work” statements in regards to a nuclear power. There are rumors of our national defense leadership organizing to ignore irrational Presidential orders to use nuclear weapons, something which amounts to a military coup.

That we are even having a conversation about a possible military coup in this nation should frighten the Hell out of everyone. This nation is in more trouble than most people realize.

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Retired lawyer & Army vet in The Villages of Florida. Lifelong: Republican (pre-Trump), Constitution buff, science nerd & dog lover. Twitter: @KeithDB80

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