"Spray-tanned face and white teeth exploding through the front pages of newspapers and magazines. Implausible hair."
Paul Thomas of the New Zealand Herald
put this view best when he wrote that, “Trump personifies everything
the rest of the world despises about America: casual racism, crass
materialism, relentless self-aggrandizement, vulgarity on an epic scale.
He is the Ugly American in excelsis.” [...]
Breathless reports of a depoliticized American citizenry fawning over a
cartoonish autocrat make for good reading, but they are also
de-contextualized. Trump is polling in the low 20s for a party that will
likely get in the high 40s in a national election (in 16 months) where
the voter turnout will be in the mid-50s. Yes, that’s still a lot of
people, but there are also millions of Americans disgusted with the
political status quo as represented by the Republican and
Democratic parties. By ignoring those millions in favor of
media-friendly crackpots we relegate principled challenges to
corporate-dominated politics in the US to a mere footnote in our public