For the 1st 2 years, Trump destroyed American norms, standards and conventions. Now he’s cavalierly destroying American lives. Our jaded weariness might obscure how bad things really are as we live through an unprecedented breakdown in America’s ability to function like a normal country. Trump has turned out to be the Norma Desmond of authoritarians, a senescent has-been whose delusions are propped up by obsequious retainers. From his fantasy world in the White House, he barks dictatorial and often illegal orders, floats conspiracy theories, tweets insults and lies unceasingly. But much of the time he’s not fully in charge. He has the instincts of a fascist but lacks both the discipline and the loyal lieutenants he’d need to create true autocracy. That doesn’t mean, however, that the country isn’t coming undone.'