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This election is taking place in a country that has normalized the murder of children in schools, the murder of unarmed black citizens by the state, the stripping of rights from women and has placed a higher priority on protecting corporations than on protecting its own citizens. A citizenry that gladly gives up its civil liberties in exchange for promises that they'll be safe from non-whites - never mind the silly facts.. We’ve long since hurtled past any notion of anti-intellectual sentiment and have plunged into much deeper, darker waters.
People can see their lives and livelihoods being destroyed but are so unwilling to question their ruling corporate-class that they'll cling to any other explanation for why they're living in fear. Don't talk to them about facts; pat them on the head and tell them you can make it all better - that you too are mad as hell and you're not going to take it anymore. To the extent you do choose to go slumming with the “facts,” the numbers suggest that you’d be wise to just make it up as you go along.
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Really, when you look at it in its proper context, electing a hoarse-throated huckster seems to be unavoidable. Trump's claim to fame is that he's a brilliant business man, despite the fact that he'd be richer today had he simply retired 30 years ago and invested his inheritance. Donald Trump is Captain Metamerica, the United States’ next Commander in Chief.