We know three things about Trump. He sees everything in terms of win/lose for himself personally. He believes he can do anything — even shoot someone — without losing the support of his base and therefore the Republican Congress. He loves to defy norms — the quickest way to get him to blow through a previously sacrosanct red line or long established guardrail of democracy is to tell him he can’t.
We’re in ugly times, and things will get worse.