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How the US midterms became a referendum on Republican paranoia

The midterm elections constitute the most serious test yet of the resilience of American democracy in the Trump era—at least, until the results come in

By Angus Johnston  

November 2, 2018 - Washington, DC, United States: United States President Donald J. Trump returns to The White House after attending political events in Montana and Florida. (Chris Kleponis / Polaris)

Last month, the pipe bombs sent to prominent Democrats and their allies and the murder of eleven worshippers in a Pittsburgh synagogue provoked a wave of soul-searching and finger-pointing over the state of political discourse in the United States. When it emerged that the would-be bomber drove a van covered in right-wing images, and the Pittsburgh shooter was obsessed with the supposed threat of immigration from Mexico and Central…

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