What We Did and Didn’t Learn from Donald Trump
What we learned.
A number of things and some of them (hold your breath and stay with me) relate to historical moments in the lives of other politicians.
The Donald taught us that the American electorate had, with good reason, lost faith in our particular shade of democracy. Fifty years of lies by both Democrats and Republicans had us worn out, angry and ready to tear the house down. That’s why Trump got elected. He promised to tear the house down. “We’re ready, Donald. Tear the fucking house down.”
Trump did just that, at rally after rally, before adoring crowds. He blamed Democrats, the swamp in Washington, street gangs, the homeless, welfare, jobs gone to China, immigration and Ben and Jerry ice cream. He didn’t promise change, we’d had enough of that…he promised to Make America Great Again. That message means whatever each listener wants it to mean and the crowds loved it. At rally after rally, thousands of people adored him, singling out their particular prejudice and the media magni…