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Why Donald Trump is not a joke

America created Trump but now it can't control him

By Diane Roberts   November 2015

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Read our new columnist Sam Tanenhaus on Trump’s appeal

The great Tom Lehrer once said that Henry Kissinger’s 1973 Nobel Peace Prize “made satire obsolete.” Happily, Lehrer was wrong. Richard Nixon, Ronald Reagan, Margaret Thatcher, Bill Clinton, Tony Blair and the UK’s “Etonocracy” continue to provide an embarras de richesse for political comics. If Donald Trump remains the Republican front-runner all bets are off. Satire may be made redundant.…

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