After Donald Trump’s victory, a struggle ahead

A Bar at the Folies-Bergère Édouard Manet
Édouard Manet, A Bar at the Folies-Bergère, 1882, oil on canvas, 38 x 51 inches. Courtauld Institute of Art, via Wikipedia.

After a shocking upset in the presidential election, David Remnick writes in the New Yorker that

the election of Donald Trump to the Presidency is nothing less than a tragedy for the American republic, a tragedy for the Constitution, and a triumph for the forces, at home and abroad, of nativism, authoritarianism, misogyny, and racism.

Trump’s shocking victory, his ascension to the Presidency, is a sickening event in the history of the United States and liberal democracy. On January 20, 2017, we will bid farewell to the first African-American President—a man of integrity, dignity, and generous spirit—and witness the inauguration of a con who did little to spurn endorsement by forces of xenophobia and white supremacy. It is impossible to react to this moment with anything less than revulsion and profound anxiety…

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