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Just Say It’s Racist

The American press is caught between describing Trumpism accurately and avoiding the wrath of the president and his supporters.
Source: Leah Mills / Reuters

It was a framing that might have worked with any other two presidents. On Friday, published of how Donald Trump and his predecessor, Barack Obama, approached controversies over racism. “Obama offered balm. Trump drops verbal bombs. But both were accused, in a polarized country, of making racial tensions worse,” the paper tweeted. That bland equivalence between the first black president and his white successor, who rode to the White House on a racist conspiracy theory denying Obama was born in the United States,

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