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'This is how empires begin to fall. It isn’t necessarily one dramatic moment, but the incessant monotony of assaults on normalcy that slowly shift the ground beneath you, He weakens our institutions, our protocols and conventions, our faith in the truth, our sense of honor and our respect for the rule of law. Trump is exhausting our mental capacity for indignation. He has vented an American racial anxiety, giving it power and a perch, giving it permission to be vocal and even violent.The Trump apparatus is entrenched, and each day burrows ever deeper into the core of what made America greater, better, different: its slow but steady arc toward more inclusion, equality, openness. Trump-addicted acolytes and his defense machine — including members of Congress — are tearing apart our country'