The Associated Press has just reported that U.S. Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump has officially reached the number of delegates needed to secure the party’s presidential nomination.
In other words, the Republican Party is now in the hands of a fascist. According to the AP:
A small number of unbound delegates said they would support Trump at the party’s July convention, the AP reported, pushing the billionaire businessman over the 1,237-delegate threshold he needed to avoid a contested convention ahead of the Nov. 8 election.
Trump will almost certainly be nominated for president with one round of voting at the National Convention in Cleveland in July, although some Republicans are still holding out hope for a second round of voting.
It is difficult to overstate the threat this poses to the future of not only America, but the world. As Andrew Sullivan wrote recently of Trump’s rapid rise in US politics:
Trump is not just a wacky politician of the far right, or a riveting television spectacle, or a Twitter phenom and bizarre working-class hero. He is not just another candidate to be parsed and analyzed by TV pundits in the same breath as all the others. In terms of our liberal democracy and constitutional order, Trump is an extinction-level event. It’s long past time we started treating him as such.
What started out as a complete joke has now turned into a real life nightmare, and it’s about to get much, much worse.
Ben Cohen is the editor and founder of The Daily Banter. He lives in Washington DC where he does podcasts, teaches Martial Arts, and tries to be a good father. He would be extremely disturbed if you took him too seriously.