History compels reckonings. That’s what I realized as I was making the rounds this week to promote my new book. As you no doubt know by now, American Psychosis A Historical Investigation of How the Republican Party Went Crazy tells the story of the GOP’s seven-decades-long relationship with far-right fanaticism and chronicles how the party has exploited and encouraged right-wing extremism, bigotry, paranoia, tribalism, fear, and conspiracy theory. It’s a history of the dark side of the GOP that has generally been under-covered by the media and not acknowledged by the party. The big point is that Donald Trump is no aberration but a continuation (culmination?) of the party’s long-running efforts to stoke fear and hatred, from McCarthyism to the Tea Party.