It Can Happen Here 2-Pack
David Cay Johnston - Trump: The Age of Mendacity
An ultra-rich New York real estate tycoon and celebrity TV star is the 45th president of the United States. He puts America First by ignoring the world and pulling out of the Paris climate accord, undermining the Iran deal and recognizing Jerusalem as Israel’s capital. He drains the swamp by appointing people with dubious credentials. His economic policies are lining the pockets of the rich. His daughter and son-in-law occupy high White House positions. Can anyone say nepotism? Then there is the lying. Do politicians tell lies? Of course, they do. But the current occupant of the White House is setting new records. The Washington Post has documented more than 2,000 lies in his first year in office. The self-described “genius” has a penchant for mendacity. His core group of supporters comment, “That’s just Donald being Donald.” What can you say?
Thomas Frank - The Country that Voted for Trump
The election of Donald Trump was a stunning political upset. His victory defied the predictions of almost every pundit and pollster. Though he received about 3 million fewer votes than his opponent, the antiquarian Electoral College system in the U.S. gave him the presidency. The New York real estate mogul, TV celebrity and billionaire ran as a self-proclaimed outsider against what he portrayed as entrenched and corrupt political elites. He would “drain the swamp” in Washington. Despite a well-documented list of jaw dropping gaffes and serial prevarications he was able to convince enough working class people that he would reverse the neoliberal economic policies that had so adversely affected them. And the Democrats? Well, what can you say? Facing one of the weakest candidates in history, they lost not only the White House but also most of the state houses.
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