I want to have hope because I understand how the human brain works. That ultimately makes me an optimist because we will confront reality at some point, regardless of our personal commitments. As a society, we will confront reality. The question is, does it take five years, 10 years, 20 years? In that period an awful lot of horrible things can happen.
What makes me frightened is that Donald Trump has now been president for more than a year and a half. It’s like all the worst things in American history have been piled together and shoved into one presidency. It can get much worse.