In his New York Times column Frank Bruni warns the Democrats:
Dear Robert De Niro, Samantha Bee and other Trump haters:
I get that you’re angry. I’m angry, too. But anger isn’t a strategy. Sometimes it’s a trap. When you find yourself spewing four-letter words, you’ve fallen into it. You’ve chosen cheap theatrics over the long game, catharsis over cunning. You think you’re raising your fist when you’re really raising a white flag.
You’re right that Donald Trump is a dangerous and deeply offensive man, and that restraining and containing him are urgent business. You’re wrong about how to go about doing that, or at least you’re letting your emotions get the better of you.
When you answer name-calling with name-calling and tantrums with tantrums, you’re not resisting him. You’re mirroring him. You’re not diminishing him. You’re demeaning yourselves. Many voters don’t hear your arguments or the facts, which are on your side. They just wince at the din.
One rightwinger has said it more concisely: all that Democrats need to do to beat Trump is not act crazy and they can’t even do that. Demorats will never beat the Republicans or Donald Trump by acting a lot crazier than they do. Americans like to feel safe. Trump is a disruptor. “Safe” isn’t his shtick. You won’t make Americans feel safer by frothing at the mouth and spewing obscenities.
For goodness sake, Democrats, keep your crazy old people in the attic. Start with Maxine Waters. She will do you no good.