Trump: the great orange-haired Unintended Consequence | Marilynne Robinson | Opinion | The Guardian: "Perhaps the public is exasperated to the point that it is enjoying a kind of catharsis, the indiscriminate smashing of things as performance art. Trump will probably learn that ridicule is an effective servant but a terrible master, since he is objectively ridiculous, his career is murky at best and the campaign will be passionate and long.
His supposed implausibility as a candidate actually sheltered him for months from scrutiny by the press, who nevertheless have showered him with attention. He is alarming as well as absurd, stirring and stoking the worst impulses in the electorate. But then this is only a darkening of the atmosphere we have lived in since Nixon, as fear and resentment began to be commodified very profitably by the likes of Fox News and Rush Limbaugh. "
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