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The National Interest: Jonathan Chait

The Scariest Trump Adviser Is Michael Flynn A raving conspiracist who anticipates a clash of civilizations.

THE MOST FRIGHTENING aspect of the looming Donald Trump presidency is not so much the likely outcomes, many of which are horrifying, as the unlikely ones. Full control of government is about to pass into the hands of a party that, when it last had it, left the economy and the world in a shambles. These disasters occurred because the party’s ideological extremism rendered it unequipped to make pragmatic choices and because its chief executive was a mental lightweight. Sixteen years after it last came to power, the party has grown far more ideologically extreme, and its head of state is much less competent. Many of the tail risks of an extremist party led by an unqualified president are difficult to foresee. But

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