As I have struggled to cope with the horror I feel at the prospect of a Trump presidency, I fear I may have underestimated the scope of the damage that he can do almost immediately upon assuming the office. As a consequence of the obduracy of the Congressional Republicans during much of his presidency, Obama has been obliged to use the rather considerable powers of the Executive to establish and implement policies for which he could not get Congressional approval. As my son pointed out to me, many of the dramatic advances made during the past eight years in the area of LGBT rights have come about as the result of executive orders, and these can be immediately undone by Trump. The same is true, I believe, for improvements in the rights and working conditions of Executive Branch employees, whose number is very, very large.
Trump himself, of course, is ignorant and feckless, but I fear that means that he will be a Potemkin Village President controlled behind the scenes by his Alt-Right neo-nazi anti-semitic advisors.