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Would-be strongmen and propaganda

November 2, 2018

On any objective measure, Trump’s reaction to the caravan from Central America is absurd. But as strongman theater, it sends the requisite and predicted message: Here is the enemy. They will bring you low. You need me to protect you.

Thomas Edsall points to some interesting data about who is most susceptible to such messaging. Not comforting data, to those of us who have a “fluid worldview.”

That messaging is why such movements make truth their first enemy. Trump says he wants to tell the truth. I suspect that is just another lie.

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