I’m inclined the believe that the world is not laughing, rather they are nervous. The US is a heavy hitter both economically and militarily and this can be a potent combination in the hands of a sober, thoughtful, and competent president. In the hands of a narcissistic lunatic it’s unnerving at best. Allies are pulling back, trade is suffering, and the best new friends of the president are dictators. It’s a fragile balance, out system and it, too, can topple. One must wonder just how close we may be. One lost election, enough military commanders willing to back Trump, enough sate and municipal support and it can happen. While it hasn’t happened here in some time it has happened that way in other nations and it’s never not bloody.