That's the phrase Dana Milbank uses to describe his country. It's not a dictatorship yet:
Right now the fear of the United States going totalitarian doesn’t feel quite right. This crowd is too clownish to be Stalinist.
Be that as it may, there are all kinds of signs that the United States is no longer a democracy:
The president of the United States orders the Justice Department to investigate his political opponents. The Justice Department complies.
The president, The Washington Post reports, personally urged the postmaster general to double the rate it charges Amazon, apparently because he doesn’t like the coverage by The Post, owned by Amazon founder Jeffrey P. Bezos.
Trump settles a trade dispute with China on terms even his allies say are too favorable to the Chinese. Meanwhile, the Financial Times reports that a Chinese state-owned bank asked clients to pay $150,000 to attend a fundraiser with Trump.
The government seems to respond to the president's whims -- even as it passes very little legislation. The whims, however, are deeply disturbing:
Republicans on the Senate Judiciary Committee observe May 17, the 64th anniversary of the Brown v. Board of Education decision banning segregated schools, by debating the judicial nomination of Wendy Vitter, who refused to say whether Brown was properly decided.
Donald Trump Jr., The New York Times reports, met three months before the election with a representative of wealthy princes from Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates who wanted to help his father’s campaign.
One day Trump will be gone. But, by the time he departs, the Republic may be gone, too.
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