Confidence man: breaking the spell of Trump the brand


In the days following Donald Trump’s election, I found myself sporadically weeping. I teared up while speaking in front of a room full of students. I wept at the grocery store and at the doctor’s office. My emotional reaction seemed extreme. But then friends told me that they too had had unaccountable emotional responses to the election - tears, shaking, insomnia. After the first six months of Trump’s administration, the tears have been replaced by a terrifying kind of vertigo for many of us, induced by a dizzying array of racist and sexist appointments, postures and policies and a steady barrage of self-aggrandising lies, incompetence, petulance, baseless accusations, wastefulness and self indulgence, as well as the certain knowledge that, behind it all, there is just … nothing.

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