Donald Trump did not come out of a clear blue sky. On that much, at least, everyone — his biggest fans, his critics on the right and the left, and all of those who don’t fit into those categories — can agree.
Supporters on the right tell a story that emphasizes rupture. Trump’s emergence was a reaction to a generation of Republican leaders who had gradually lost touch with their own voters. The leaders had become too complacent: about the economy, about immigration, about their own defeats, and finally about their position atop the Republican Party. Progressives emphasize continuity. For them, …
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