After almost four years of Donald Trump in the White House, it’s easy to forget how abnormal his presidency is — how many norms he tramples, how many rules he breaks.
But the final stage of Trump’s reelection campaign is bringing all the strands of Trumpism to an unhinged crescendo.
In the last three weeks, the president has:
• Publicly urged Attorney General William Barr to prosecute his Democratic opponent, Joe Biden, and former President Barack Obama for purportedly spying on Trump’s 2016 campaign, although no evidence suggests they committed a crime.
“These people should be indicted,” Trump said. “That includes Obama, and it includes Biden.”
• Renewed his false claim that Democrats have rigged the presidential election.
“This will be one of the most fraudulent elections ever,” he said.
• Warned his followers that if Biden wins, Republicans might never win another election. “They want to turn America into communist Cuba,” Trump told a rally Monday in Florida.
• Refused to commit to a peaceful transfer of power if he loses. “We’ll have to see,” he told reporters. “There won’t be a transfer, frankly. There’ll be a continuation.”