How the angry anti-gun control fanatics paved the way for Trump

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Over the past year, analysts have turned themselves inside out trying to unravel the phenomena of Trump and Trumpism. Why do somewhere between 30% and 40% of Americans remain invincibly indifferent to the self-evident instability, venality, mendacity, incompetence and coarse brutality of Donald Trump, despite the inarguable fact that they suffer most from his presidency's misgovernment? No other chief executive in history has been forgiven by his followers for even a fraction of the affronts to every sort of decency and common sense that Trump delivers on a weekly basis. As the exasperated conservative commentator George Will recently put it, "Trump's ...

Trump must disavow the anti-Semites now infesting his campaign

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Given the milieu in which he was raised and prospered, it’s almost certain that Donald Trump is not a conscious anti-Semite.  His daughter and close adviser, Ivanka, after all, is a convert to Judaism married to an observant man. But that hasn’t kept candidate Trump from occasionally invoking a crude anti-Semitic stereotype, but that’s probably because his mind is the sort of coarse instrument in which unexamined notions of every type cluster. His presidential campaign, however, has a serious problem with this most malevolent of ancient antipathies, and the candidate needs to deal with it quickly and decisively. Last week, Trump was forced ...