I recently engaged in an email exchange with an old friend and colleague who began the conversation with the following message:

“Fasten your seat belt, my friend. We are headed for the nastiest, bloodiest presidential race in our history. I see it as nothing less than a supreme test between democracy and fascism. Concentration camps at the border and Trump’s characterization of immigrants as an ‘infestation’ should make our blood run cold with echoes from the not-too-distant past. Let me know when you think it’s time to man the barricades.

Koppel, managing editor of ABC News’s “Nightline” from 1980 to 2005, is senior contributor to CBS News’s “Sunday Morning.”

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