American politics is becoming a blood sport, more like boxing than baseball. The goal is no longer just to defeat the opposition but to knock it out. Large segments of the American public, elites and media believe in one or more of the following propositions:
- The Democratic candidate for president in 2016 was a threat to the national security of the United States.
- The Republican candidate, now president, is guilty of treasonous negotiations with a foreign country.
- The election was stolen.
- The Republican campaign was spied on by the previous administration, which continued to do so after the election in the period before the inauguration.
- The US intelligence community is engaged in a concerted effort to undermine the new administration.