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Enemy of the People?

By Lisa Van Dusen      

The president of the United States is using Twitter as a racist flamethrower against his fellow citizens.

U.S. President Donald Trump recently turned his Twitter ire to Baltimore Rep. Elijah Cummings. Using the presidential Twitter account as a racist flamethrower against entirely rational, proportional outbursts against injustice isn’t just about retaliating against Cummings—it’s a way of discouraging anyone else who might feel sufficiently outraged to do the same, writes Lisa Van Dusen. Flickr photograph courtesy of Gage Skidmore

If you’ve never been to Baltimore, you may not want to trust Donald Trump’s Yelp review. Instead, maybe consider the range of artists who’ve each depicted distinct BaltimoresBarry Levinson, John WatersTa-Nehisi CoatesAnne TylerDavid Simon, among others—that are somehow all authentic and indelible. Baltimore is a microcosm of the United States in all its gritty, diverse, yearning, tough, tense, and imperfect glory.

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