To quote a headline I saw tonight, what should have been a landslide has turned into a nail-biter. No matter what the outcome of this election, we can clearly see that about half of all American voters have asked for another term of DJT.
It is stunning, bizarre, baffling, and deeply depressing.
You could perhaps explain away voting for him once. (I can't, really, but for argument's sake, we can say they didn't know, or they hated Hillary Clinton that much.) Now, after four years of this torture, of this outrage, of this tweeting buffoon, of this laughingstock, who has wreaked havoc on the country and the world in countless ways: millions of Americans ask for more of the same.
A re-election campaign is essentially a referendum on your first term. DJT should not have taken one state. Not one. This should have been the biggest electoral and popular-vote landslide in American history. Instead, it will come down to the wire, and to counting every absentee and provisional ballot.
How can this be?
Is this all down to Fox News? The Ministry of Truth, piped in 24/7 on the telescreens. Unlike Winston Smith, however, Americans can choose a different source.
Not long ago I was speaking with an American friend who said, "It's not just the government. It's the people. It's knowing that so many of my fellow citizens feel this way," that so many Americans subscribe to these views. Are so profoundly ignorant. Deny reality.
This is very, very sad. And very scary.