The America We Lost When Trump Won – Kevin Baker / Op-Ed for The New York Times


This is a searing and brilliant piece from writer Kevin Baker about some of the after effects of America electing Donald Trump as their president. My favorite passage, in which refers directly to his election, are these words:

Today’s passive, unhappy Americans sat on their couches and chose a strutting TV clown to save us.

What they have done is a desecration, a foolish and vindictive act of vandalism, by which they betrayed all the best and most valiant labors of our ancestors. We don’t want to accept this, because we cannot accept that the people, at least in the long run of things, can be wrong in our American democracy. But they can be wrong, just like any people, anywhere. And until we do accept this abject failure of both our system and ourselves, there is no hope for our redemption.

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