America Has Never Been So Ripe for Tyranny

As this dystopian election campaign has unfolded, my mind keeps being tugged by a passage in Plato’s Republic.  It has unsettled — even surprised — me from the moment I first read it in graduate school. The passage is from the part of the dialogue where Socrates and his friends are talking about the nature of different political systems, how they change over time, and how one can slowly evolve into another. And Socrates seemed pretty clear on one sobering point: that “tyranny is probably established out of no other regime than democracy.”

The pageant of Donald Trump’s dreams

As the limo wove through the city, Trump discussed his views on dating,  according to one of the women riding along. The billionaire casino mogul  declared that “all women are bimbos” and said most were “gold diggers” who would be smart to go after men with money. Like him.

Donald Trump's Many Business Failures, Explained

Lost contracts, bankruptcies, defaults, deceptions and indifference to investors—Trump’s business career is a long, long list of such troubles, according to regulatory, corporate and court records, as well as sworn testimony and government investigative reports. Call it the art of the bad deal, one created by the arrogance and recklessness of a businessman whose main talent is self-promotion.

Tape Reveals Donald Trump Bragging About Kissing and Groping Women

A lewd discussion taped in 2005 on a soap opera set adds to evidence that Mr. Trump has a record of sexist behavior. He was caught on tape bragging in vulgar terms about making sexual advances toward a married woman, aggressively kissing and groping other women, and boasting that “when you’re a star they let you do it.”

Trump Spent '93 White House Correspondents Dinner Ogling Attendees

As an invited guest to the White House Correspondents' Dinner in 1993, Donald Trump spent the entire evening ogling – and making lewd comments about – women at the event, at one point moving a fellow guest stuck seated next to him nearly to tears. The guest was a runway model who told a friend that Trump was the most vulgar man she ever met.

More questionable footage of Trump's comments on women

In 1992 footage from "Entertainment Tonight" Donald Trump greets a young girl and then brags to camera: "I'm going to be dating her in 10 years!" This is far from the first time Trump has made reference to his interest in dating much younger women.