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Donald Trump’s paranoid style

Outrageous statements came naturally to Trump—as they did to Nixon, McCarthy and the hyper-connected lawyer Roy Cohn. As the threat of impeachment looms, will America begin to reject their paranoid style?

By James Zirin  

As impeachment and possible removal from office looms, understanding Trump's paranoia is key to understanding the presidency. Photo: Prospect composite

For the third time in American history, a President of the United States faces impeachment and possible removal from office—the victim of his own paranoia. Paranoid style politics did not start with Donald Trump, and sadly, it will not end with him either. In a seminal piece on political paranoia, published in the November 1964 issue of Harper’s, Pulitzer Prize-winning historian Richard Hofstadter noted that the paranoid style has been…

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