How liberals helped enable the rise of Trump

Yes, blame Republican voters and the Republican Party for this horrendously unfit nominee. But blame liberals, too.

The most unexpected people helped Donald Trump rise to where he is now.
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Donald Trump is the Republican presidential nominee. He was chosen by Republican voters in Republican primaries, and then backed by Republican elites at the Republican National Convention. And less proximally, but no less obviously, much of his rise is the direct result of the Republican Party's behavior and decisions over the last several years.

But Trump is about much more than the GOP. Yes, he poses a threat to the Republican Party's political prospects. But he also poses a threat to the American Republic itself. And even if he goes down to humiliating defeat in November, as seems increasingly likely, he will have done much to corrode our public discourse, and to usher back into American politics the sort of strongman populist politics that are more often seen in banana republics.

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