CHICAGO — In my mind, the defining moment of Donald Trump’s presidency happened well before he clinched the White House.
It was in January 2016. He showed his true colors when he said, “I could stand in the middle of Fifth Avenue and shoot somebody and wouldn’t lose any voters, OK? It’s, like, incredible.”
Those of us who took him seriously and literally at the outset shuddered. We knew that such bluster could only come from someone who understood that the same people who would accept the recklessness of his comments would also accept the carelessness of his actions.
That’s why there’s been no outrage from Trump’s base about reports that his organization had hired immigrants who are unauthorized to live or work in the United States.