November 26, 2022


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‘What happened to your country?’: The poisoned well of the Trump era

An activist participates in the “March On for Washington and Voting Rights” in August 2021. Pew observed voters have intensely destructive views of people today not in their political party. Credit: Tom Williams/CQ Roll Get in touch with

The compact SUV bounced along one particular of Washington’s lots of pothole-scarred streets as dusk set in when its driver asked a simple but complicated query.

“What took place to your state?” the Lyft driver, who recognized himself as Patrick, requested this columnist as we locked eyes in his rearview mirror.

Born and raised in Kenya, Patrick explained on the night of Sept. 10 that he emigrated to the United States three decades back. Back then, and until a couple of years back, he said, he was in a position to fully grasp American politics and culture — even as it underwent unavoidable adjustments.

An affable fellow with a hearty snicker and thin black eyeglasses, Patrick listened as the Donald Trump decades — which I coated up shut as CQ Roll Call’s White Household correspondent — ended up summarized from the backseat. He […]