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A Year With Trump

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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.

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Robert Reich, former U.S. Secretary of Labor and Professor of Public Policy at the University of California at Berkeley, has a new film, "Inequality for All," to be released September 27. He blogs at www.robertreich.org.

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