Many of those supporting the anti-Trump movement were once supporters of the president, but now they say their rights are being infringed upon by the illegal use of federal agents against American citizens. “It’s like the worst movie plot coming true,” one self-described patriot and former Trump supporter said. “Trump was a good guy at first, but now he is acting like a dictator and imprisoning those that oppose him… People don’t like saying it, but it really is like the rise of Hitler in Nazi Germany.”

Beginning with the Gingrich radicals who took over the House in 1994, the modern Republican party has been willing to exploit the constitution’s design flaws and the constitutional order’s reliance on informal understandings between political actors to sabotage the functioning of Congress, destroy the Obama presidency, and seize vastly more power than the American people would otherwise have granted it.