Kushner receiving the National Medal of Arts from President Barack Obama in 2012.
The playwright Tony Kushner receiving the National Medal of Arts from President Barack Obama in 2012. Pete Marovich / Getty Images

About a year ago, when I read about Roy Cohn's starring role in the making of Donald Trump, I began hoping for this news:

“It feels very soon,” [Kushner] says of the Trump play which he has just begun to work on. “The nightmare is in high gear. It certainly feels like folly that I or anyone else has a definitive understanding or comprehensive understanding of what going on. I have my guesses like everyone else has, but it will take some time and a lot will depend on how it is resolved.”

The play, he says, will not focus on the Trump presidency itself, but will be set two years before the election.

If we have to have a President Trump, then I am glad, at least, for this—and for Kushner's take on what led to the current moment:

For Kushner, “the main problem is how our country can give such power to a madman and crazy person; how a country commits political suicide—and I don’t think analogies to Hitler are misplaced in that regard.

“For 40 years the Republican Party has said that government is evil and greed is good, that history is of no interest, and courted white supremacy. The result of the election was the expression of what they want, and it showed a majority of white evangelicals did not care about the behavior of a president that doesn’t seem that Christian. Donald Trump is the antithesis of everything Jesus preached in the Sermon on the Mount.”

Will Roy Cohn be appearing in this new play, as he did in Kushner's Angel's in America?

“I think I’ve done all I want to do with him," Kushner told The Daily Beast. "Maybe not. We’ll see.”

The whole piece—including Kushner's take on what Cohn taught Trump, and how the two men differ—is really worth your time.