Trump’s assault on the election system won’t prevent Joe Biden from taking his oath of office on Jan 20, but it is further radicalizing an already anti-democratic, authoritarian, white nationalist, Trumpian mass base. If anything, this base, trafficking in conspiracy theories and alternative facts, could well be the most enduring legacy of his presidency. Any hope of weakening this racist, revanchist juggernaut will turn not so much on uplifting words as the enactment of anti-racist and anti-crisis policies by the incoming administration and Congress. Such policies won’t neutralize this reactionary grouping entirely; that is too much to ask for. But if they cause some of its working class supporters (broadly defined) to reconsider their loyalties and views that may be about as much as we can hope for in the short term.