Trump may feel like an aberration now, but give it time and he’ll blend right in with other recent Republicans whose regimes broke the law and got away with it.
Matthew Gabriele is a professor of medieval studies and chair of the Department of Religion & Culture at Virginia Tech. He’s the author of An Empire of Memory, and has published widely on religion, violence, apocalypse, and nostalgia in both the medieval and modern worlds. His public writing has appeared in a variety of places. See more at http://profgabriele.com/. He and David Perry are writing The Bright Ages, a new history of the Middle Ages (Harper, Fall 2021).