Failing a Test of Character

The "resistance" isn't worth tearing the country apart.

The self-conception of the anti-Trump “resistance” is a subject of urgent debate on the left. Who are the resisters? What do they believe? How should they respond to Trump and his administration, both the real outrages and the banal? These existential issues have consumed grassroots liberals, and elected Democrats are starting to share this fixation. There is no consensus save that the left is obliged to treat the Trump presidency as an illegitimate, existential threat to the American experiment. That presumption permits, perhaps even demands, extraordinary measures. Democrats have adopted a sort of intransigence and paranoia in response to Trump that should be familiar to Republicans, but the costs of their campaign of “resistance” to American political comity may yet become too much to bear.

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Failing a Test of Character

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