Chapter 13


The Trump era

On January 20, 2017, Donald J. Trump, a New York real estate developer and reality TV star, was sworn in as the 45th president of the United States. He had won the election the previous November, losing the popular vote by 3 million to Hillary Rodham Clinton, but beating her handily in the Electoral College. Many pundits called it a stunning upset. In truth, it wasn’t. It’s true that Clinton had run a poor campaign, that shortly before Election Day FBI director James Comey had revealed the reopening of its investigation into Clinton’s emails, and that Russia had run an effective meddling effort to help elect Trump. If any one of them hadn’t happened, the outcome might have been different.

But, in truth, the ...

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