By Matt Taibbi
Dispatches from the 2016 election that supply an eerily prescient tackle our democracy's doubtful destiny, by means of the country's such a lot perceptive and fearless political journalist.
The 2016 presidential contest as advised by way of Matt Taibbi, from its tragicomic beginnings to its apocalyptic end, is in reality the tale of Western civilization's own teach smash. Years prior to the clown vehicle of applicants used to be totally loaded, Taibbi grasped the basic subject matters of the tale: the facility of spectacle over substance, or perhaps fact; the absence of a shared fact; the nihilistic uprising of the white operating type; the loss of life of the political institution; and the emergence of a brand new, particular type of white nationalism that might spoil what was once left of the Kingian dream of a profitable pluralistic society.
Taibbi captures, with dead-on, real-time research, the disasters of the correct and the left, from the thwarted Bernie Sanders insurgency to the improper and aimless Hillary...
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I fell for a lot of the popular myths about the invincibility of the multicultural consensus Barack Obama twice rode to victory. I thought Trump’s legacy would be the destruction of the Republican Party. I couldn’t have been more wrong. During the Republican convention, I’d had what I thought was a moment of clarity. I was in the stands of the Quicken Loans Arena, watching Trump muddle through a horrible, violent, and racially loaded acceptance speech that was a transparent knockoff of Richard Nixon’s infamous “law and order” address of 1968.
7 2016 was the first election in which majorities or near majorities of voters were more motivated by dislike of the other candidate than like of their own. In September 2016, 53 percent of Trump voters said they were motivated by dislike of Hillary Clinton, compared with 44 percent who said they were voting in favor of Trump. For comparison, 68 percent of Barack Obama’s voters in 2008 were voting for him, while only 25 percent voted against McCain. Exit polls after the race showed that the levels of negative voting were three times the normal rate on the Republican side and double on the Democratic side.
Trump was a legitimate news story. He had to be covered. He was leading a historic revolt against his own party, after all. But so was Bernie Sanders, who got nearly as many votes as Trump in the primaries. Yet Trump received something on the order of 23 times more television coverage than the Vermont senator. Long segments of Trump’s speeches were broadcast uninterrupted, which seldom if ever happened with Sanders, even on traditionally left-leaning cable networks. If we in the media asked ourselves why that was the case, we came up with some damning answers.
Insane Clown President by Matt Taibbi