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The mood of America: seldom so divided

By Robin V. Sears      

Before America and the world had time to adequately process the events of the 2016 presidential election, Donald Trump had turned the U.S. presidency into a perpetual distraction machine of unprecedented clips, headlines and tweets. Veteran political strategist Robin Sears ponders what America is living through and what may come, from the cocktail crowd of Trump’s New York to the beaches of the Florida Panhandle. 

Donald Trump, pictured in the U.S. presidential campaign. Even if he is able to fend off the stench of collusion with Moscow successfully in the short term, the list of potential clashes involving conflict, dubious business partners, and the values of some of his closest advisers continues to grow. If Trump survives a full term, it is likely to be as disputatious and ugly a presidency as anyone has seen since the Nixon era, writes Robin Sears. Photograph courtesy of Gage Skidmore

An update to the most iconic bumper sticker of the past 50 years has already been spotted on American freeways: “Don’t Blame Me. You Voted For for Him.” Donald Trump’s dystopian administration challenges comedy’s sharpest satirists at SNL and elsewhere. We have an American administration that, given the stakes, should defy parody but simply generates too much prize material on a daily basis not to lampoon.

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