Last week, 30,000 people gathered in Mobile, Ala. to hear Donald Trump share his views on immigration (“We’re the only place just about that’s stupid enough to do birthright citizenship”); women’s rights (“I will protect women; it’s so important to me”); his competition in the GOP primary (“Jeb Bush, ugh”); and bicycles (“I swear to you I will never ever ride a bicycle”).
Despite having no experience in politics, running on a set of policy proposals that are not based in reality, and making a regular habit of saying dehumanizing things about immigrants and women, Trump has maintained a considerable lead in the polls. Recent numbers from Reuters showing that, with 32 percent of Republicans surveyed backing him, his closest competition—Jeb Bush—is still nearly 16 points behind.
After a few weeks of reading dispatches from Trump’s rallies, and having daily conversations with friends and acquaintances about the mesmerizing horror show…
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