"The media always has taken Trump literally. It never takes him seriously." — Peter Thiel
What is beginning to dawn upon Americans is that the exact opposite is true: That by taking Trump seriously, they completely misunderstood what he was telling them and vastly underestimated his madness and ambition; that instead, each and every announcement of his government has to be taken literally.
When the President's statement on Holocaust Rememberance Day fails to make any mention of the Jews, to be followed by tweets that justify his immigration order with the execution of large numbers of Christians in the Middle-East, this has to be taken literally.
When White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer calls the Quebec City shooting, in which a White Nationalist killed six people in a mosque, a terrible reminder of why the President had to enact a Muslim ban, this has to be taken literally.
When Trump says his Mexican border wall is going to be beautiful, this has to be taken literally too.
Just like his attacks against the New York Times, Hillary Clinton, independent judges, or the City of Chicago. Short of a popular uprising, this government will go all the way. Shutting down news media, arresting the opposition, suspending the judiciary, tanks in the streets? It's all in the cards. If this sounds like the recent history of Turkey, then Americans will have to study that history, look at each of its phases, find out where they think it will stop in the U.S., how it will stop there, and what each of them will have to contribute, personally, to make it stop.
Yonatan Zunger: Trial Balloon for a Coup? Analyzing the news of the past 24 hours. medium.com