|Donald Trump speaking at CPAC in Washington, D.C.|
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“There is No ‘Other’ America”; “The Rise of Donald Trump Is a Terrifying Moment in American Politics”
Donald Trump is the greatest reality show Americans have ever seen, and America loves juicy reality shows. Americans are drawn to sensationalism, vulgarity, put-downs, and feelings of schadenfreude. Trump, as any demagogue, is very much aware of these American vulnerabilities and cognizant of the power he creates by inducing hate, fear, and racism. Trump has successfully tapped into America’s Achilles heel.