New Yorker: Trump an American tragedy

From David Remnick at New Yorker:

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. More.

Reality check: The big tragedy for the New Yorker, which has enjoyed a long run of sneers against more typical Americans, is that the latter vote and do not care what New Yorker types think. And fewer people care what New Yorker types think every day because they are so clearly living in a world of their own.

Second, note the utter heedlessness of the fact that they failed to see it coming (“shocking”). Isn’t it supposed to be trendy media’s job to successfully predict trends? No doubt, if they are on the way out, they will think it an injustice and demand redress.

See also: Big Networks fear public doesn’t trust them on election night. Trust?

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