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How Trump Ate America


How Donald Trump ate the nation: The President has inserted his toxic brand of politics into every last corner of American life

One of the most evergreen tropes in our national political lexicon is that America is deeply, perhaps impossibly divided, riven between two competing ideologies. This idea stretches back before the founding of the Republic and seems to take on only slight variations over time. Today, those divisions are as cultural as they are political.

We argue about sexual harassment. Hollywood. Race. Statues. The honesty of the media. The precise role of religion in society. Feminism. The NFL. Immigration. You name it: there are at least a dozen topics, some of them only tangentially relevant to public policy, much less law-making, in Washington, but all reliably creating deeper divisions and seemingly unbridgeable rifts between one America and another.

And the man who salivates over and benefits from these divides more than anyone is a onetime liberal New York billionaire real-estate developer. Donald Trump, now President, fans the flames at every opportunity he gets — by creeping into every corner of our culture.

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Trump hasn't just infused every single aspect of our politics, but, like some Japanese movie-monster kaiju he's furiously, inexorably consuming our culture, from entertainment to business to education and every other institution in between.

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Powerful as it is, Trump's cultural overhang even darkened the sun this holiday season. His incessant claims that he finally liberated Americans from an imaginary tyranny forbidding them from saying "Merry Christmas" were as ever-present as they were ludicrous.

It's clear what is happening here. Trump's relentless, overwhelming drive in life was never to become President. It was never even simply to become ubiquitous.

He is the ultimate fame monster, a rabid consumer of public regard, attention and adulation. No drug is more powerful for him than exposure. He is a man who lives by the philosophy of ratings uber alles.

He didn't get in the race to Make America Great Again. His dream wasn't to wisely yield the awesome power of the highest office in the land. It wasn't to lead our nation in good times and bad.

His dream was always to be the most famous person in America, and beyond. By winning the Presidency he became the most famous person in the world, the center of every debate and discussion.
Ask the British about the strains on the Special Relationship after Trump decided to beef with Prime Minister Theresa May on Twitter over phony "Muslim" videos, combining his special brand of bigotry, his love of fake news when it fits his narrative, and an itchy Twitter finger.

And so, now much to the President's delight, just as reality TV is our national guilty pleasure, Americans can't seem to look away from Trump Show.

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For the sake of the future of the country, I hope we resolve to change the channel.

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I would change it to How Trump HATES America.
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He may be laughing at how this all played out and how he got into this position.

From the media propping him up to how he was encouraged to run to how the DNC turned so many people off that they didn't vote ... so many things played into how he's sitting in the White House today.

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quote:

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He may be laughing at how this all played out and how he got into this position.



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quote:

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He may be laughing at how this all played out and how he got into this position.

From the media propping him up to how he was encouraged to run to how the DNC turned so many people off that they didn't vote ... so many things played into how he's sitting in the White House today.




Laughing would be for 'normal' people, I think he thinks he deserved it, he is brilliant, he is making America great again and believes most his b.s. I've known Trumps before, just without that kind of $$, couple in my family......
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Let's look at the presidential election.
The electorate totaled about 230 million.
Trump received 62 million votes, Clinton got 64 million. That rather means more people failed to vote than voted for the two main candidates combined.

It rather looks like the people of America don't value democracy.
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Aaahh, the joys of being led by a 7 year old schoolyard bully.

someone wrote, Trump's button only looks bigger because of his tiny hands.


 seriously, I think most people ignore his tweets until he does something especially dumb, which is starting to happen daily.
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Let's look at the presidential election.
The electorate totaled about 230 million.
Trump received 62 million votes, Clinton got 64 million. That rather means more people failed to vote than voted for the two main candidates combined.

It rather looks like the people of America don't value democracy.



More likely they didn't want to support either candidate so they stayed away.

Add to that the fact that everyone thought that Hillary was going to win by a huge margin which meant that people didn't think that they had to turn out and vote against Trump. After all, he was going to lose so why bother voting for someone you don't like just because she's the lesser of two evils?
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Yobbo's math is also wrong again.
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There were 132,899,453 votes cast, 55% of those who could vote. Trump 61,898,584, Clinton 63,551,979. The balance of several million were for, Johnson, Stein, McMullin and other.
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