I do not hate Trump. I am appalled by him. There is a difference. I see Trump as a massive and dangerous symptom of a political disease that has been festering and growing in this country for most of my adult life. Ideological extreme partisanship, now fueled by social media, is as bad for our political well-being as the forest fires in Australia were bad for the entire ecology.
Dr. Ray Smock
Dr. Ray Smock served as the Historian for the U.S. House of Representatives from 1983-1995 and is the (recently retired) former director of the Robert C. Byrd Center for Congressional History and Education at Shepherd University. He has published two books: Trump Tsunami: A Historian’s Diary of the Trump Campaign and His First Year in Office and American Demagogue: Critical Essays on the Trump Presidency.