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The Trumpian Persuasion

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Add to Bookmarks The hotly contested – but so far peaceful – US presidential election on November 3 generated historically high turnout and will most likely result in a victory for Democratic challenger, Joe Biden. But the election is no less important for what the strength of President Donald Trump’s popular support implies about the electorate and the future of American democracy. In this Big Picture, Nina L. Khrushcheva of The New School says Trump’s higher vote tally compared to 2016 suggests he may be a master of propaganda, and not – as many Democrats like to think – a mere lackey of Russian President

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The hotly contested – but so far peaceful – US presidential election on November 3 generated historically high turnout and will most likely result in a victory for Democratic challenger, Joe Biden. But the election is no less important for what the strength of President Donald Trump’s popular support implies about the electorate and the future of American democracy.

In this Big Picture, Nina L. Khrushcheva of The New School says Trump’s higher vote tally compared to 2016 suggests he may be a master of propaganda, and not – as many Democrats like to think – a mere lackey of Russian President Vladimir Putin. What he clearly is, says psychiatrist Raj Persaud, is a narcissist, which explains why baseless allegations of electoral fraud make perfect psychological sense for him and many of his diehard supporters. And Princeton University’s Harold James reflects on how Trump’s constant stream of lies and falsehoods – the narcissist’s stock in trade – has made normal politics effectively impossible.

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