Please, Oh please, tell me that this possibility is fading.
Already, we're seeing changes in the way America operates. Friends and family of mine are feeling persecuted already. Allies of decades are pulling away. Trade wars are beginning. The media is being weakened. The Judiciary threatened.
Is this "winning"?
One of the blessings of the US political system is that, no matter how bad a president is, no matter the misery he inflicts...he's only got 4 years. 8 years at the outside...but there's a hard and fast limit.
America is in a place I *never* thought to see in my lifetime. A place that, potentially, could tip over into Authoritarianism...even fascism.
Trump clearly and obviously believes that The President has full control over the country and the planet, extending to control over reality itself. Any story he doesn't like gets squashed. He can make threats, extort countries and companies, and enrich himself while he does it.
During the campaign he enraged and outraged the "alt-right" to the point where that's an oxymoron. They're not "alt" any more. By any definition, they are a mainstream movement. They're also not "right" any more. Their actions will harm innumerable people in America and beyond. (The people who voted for Trump just don't realise it yet).
Watch Trump's actions, not his words. He's repealed laws stopping coal mining from dumping pollution into rivers. He's weakening and trying to remove emissions standards for cars. He's repealed laws that protect little folks from big business. He's proposing a 1/3 tax reduction for the super wealthy. He's proposed gutting many of the programs that little people depend upon for their food and shelter to pay for more weapons (when America has the second largest nuclear armory, and spends more than the next 12 countries combined on their militaries).
This is clearly not a president who's concerned about little people, despite his spittle-decorated speeches to the contrary.
He's directly concerned with making as much money and as much ego as he can get away with. If, at the end of this term of office, he's decided that he doesn't really want to leave yet, who's going to make him?