Thomas Frankis the author of Listen, Liberal (Metropolitan Books). His most recent article for Harper’s Magazine, “Swat Team,” appeared in the November 2016 issue.
Everything I have said here also assumes that Trump becomes more cautious and deliberate in choosing whom he insults and how he goes about insulting them — a qualification for reelection that, so far, he has shown no interest in meeting.
An instance from close to home: the thesis of my book about deliberate Republican misrule, The Wrecking Crew, was regarded as unacceptably radical back in 2008. In the New York Times, for example, Michiko Kakutani denounced the book as “a highly partisan, Manichaean-minded screed against conservatives and private-sector economics.” By November 2017, the title and thesis alike were sufficiently mainstream to make the cover of Time magazine (although without any reference to me).