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The new Rasputins

By Lisa Van Dusen      

As we gear up for elections on both sides of the border, the new must-have campaign accessory is your very own ‘crap Rasputin.’

The rogues gallery of ‘crap Rasputins’ include U.S. cartoonish villains like former Trump chief strategist Steve Bannon, senior adviser Stephen Miller, and U.K. adviser Dominic Cummings. Their radical worldviews serve to rationalize previously unthinkable abrogations of democratic norms by politicians, writes Lisa Van Dusen. Flickr photographs by Michael Vadon and Gage Skidmore, and YouTube screenshot

With a Canadian election looming in October and the U.S. 2020 presidential cycle now officially underway with the unveiling of the 2019 Iowa State Fair butter cow, it’s a good time to consider one crucial way in which Donald J. Trump has altered the political culture.

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