When he criticized NFL players for kneeling during the national anthem, he wasn't just asking that they demonstrate their patriotism. He was disrespecting their -- and, indirectly, everyone's -- freedom of speech.
When he berated the intelligence agencies and the Federal Bureau of Investigation, he wasn't just questioning their competence. He was suggesting they were engaged in a giant conspiracy to remove him from office -- potentially inviting his most ardent supporters to engage in a new civil war.
America has had its share of good and bad presidents, but Donald Trump falls far below anything this nation has ever before experienced. In less than a year, he has degraded the core institutions and values of our democracy.
We have never before had a president whose character was so contrary to the ideals of the republic. That Senator Orrin Hatch and other Republicans don't seem to recognize this, is itself frightening.