xenophobic, white supremacist, and vile and mean beyond any possibility of thoughtful attention, we err if we trivalize it as the easily-mocked raving of a man whose human empathy and societal intelligence are as thin as his hair.
Yes, Trump is a mainstream media sideshow. But we need to pay deeper attention to the fact of the thing: Trump's unapologetic vengeful supremacism resonates with millions of white Americans who would be among the first to nod their heads at a swerve toward an outright fascist American regime beneath the banners of God, panic, and promised redemption for white people who feel stripped of their entitlement.
This is no joke. And neither are the possibilities that Trump's appeal represents. We will do well to look beyond the media circus at trends that are seriously at play.