(Salon) -- A year ago this week, we all scrambled to our social media feeds to screech about the horror show that was 2016, whether it was the election of Donald Trump or the deaths of beloved celebrities and rock stars like David Bowie and Prince. Now, 12 months later, the existential political threats of 2017, this “dark ride” -- the horrendously dangerous blurts, rallies and executive orders, along with the fires, hurricanes and earthquakes -- have conspired to make 2016 seem comparatively uneventful next to the collective blight of 2017.
All that said, hang tight for an even more tumultuous 2018 when the moving pieces of 2017 click into place in a way that could spark a major constitutional crisis, or perhaps more than one.
Specifically, it seems as though congressional Republicans and Trump’s apparently state-run news outlet, Fox News Channel, are softening the ground to subvert the federal government’s foremost national security and intelligence agency, the FBI, while taking a catastrophic leap into the realms of Putin-style autocracy. For months now, I’ve been warning about the potential for a “deep state coup” narrative emerging from the fringes of the GOP. Today, at the dawn of a new year, it’s beginning to seriously take shape, not just as a means of acquitting Trump and his henchmen, but also to undermine the entire Trump-Russia investigation, while blazing a path of least resistance for further Russian meddling in the 2018 midterms.
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