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Deconstructing Trump, The Trump Phenomenon Through the Lens of Quotation History

Dr. Mardy Grothe

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Editor’s Comment: I worked eight years (1971-1979) as a professional campaign organizer. Back then it was a wild and wooly business, as I’m sure it is today. Then, however, even the wildest demagogue (and I knew a few) maintained a certain level of behavior in order to be effective. I was caught in 2016 with my guard down. I dismissed Trump as a media creation. He would gain attention, then be relegated to obscurity where his behavior belongs. I could not have been more wrong. He was a relatively harmless 4-time bankrupt reality TV star until he wasn’t anymore. This month’s book recommendation is the creation of my friend, Mardy Grothe, who is widely respected as a quotation anthologist. Finding himself depressed by our Twittering, carnival-barking president’s early days, he assigned himself the task of finding 1,000 quotes from Plato to Virginia Wolff that seemed to apply to our 45th President. This book completes his vow to stand up to Mr. Trump’s behavior and I am proud to help him in his quest.

Favorite Quote:As democracy is perfected, the office of US President resembles more and more closely the inner soul of its people. On some great and glorious day, the plain folks of this land will reach their hearts’ desire at last, and the White House will be adorned by a downright moron.” H.L. Mencken, 1920

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