Marilynne Robinson

With President Trump, American Democracy Faces Its Greatest Test

We are in a situation that would have been unimaginable a year ago. We have inaugurated a president whose mental life is a thing of television ratings, beauty pageants and egoistical make-believe, who threatens and gloats and holds grudges and wants everyone to know it, whose impulses are alarming and alarmingly incoherent. He lacks the kind of knowledge of history and civic life and decent manners most adults have acquired by paying at least glancing attention.

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