The upside of Trump's latest vulgarity
For some time I've been concerned that when Trump lost, large numbers of Trumpanzees would refuse to recognize the result, claiming the election was rigged or stolen in some way. On many wingnut sites, as in 2012, discussion has centered on claims that the polls showing Trump losing are somehow skewed or bogus. The fever-swamp certainty that Trump is winning would have made his defeat seem shocking and illegitimate.
But since yesterday's revelations, that's no longer the case. Yes, a hard core of true believers still insist Trump is winning -- but among most, the conviction has set in that he is now doomed. In effect, they've given themselves permission to accept that his coming defeat is real. Even if they still believe (as many Trumpanzees somehow do) that Trump is the victim of media bias and unfair play, nevertheless they're ready to accept a Trump defeat as being the result of more people voting against him than for him, however much they insist people voted foolishly.
And Hillary's mandate, and American democracy, will be the stronger for it.