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Trump’s a racist conman – and that’s the brand America bought

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Shortly before November’s midterm elections I interviewed a Donald Trump supporter, coming out of a debate between three local candidates in a congressional race, asking how she felt about the president’s attitude to women. “I need to see the facts and the actual documentation,” she said. “I can’t just do all this hearsay.”

“What about when he says he personally grabs women and kisses them,” I prodded. “That was him saying that.”

“I have not personally seen him do that,” she said.

“But he said it though,” I insisted.

“I haven’t seen it. I haven’t heard it for myself.”

Here was a woman who went to local debates, offered chapter and verse on the evils of Obamacare and was following the progress of the caravan of migrants and asylum seekers heading for the southern border studiously. I have no way of knowing for sure if she’d heard one of the most famous audio clips ever recorded or not. But the narrowly tailored nature of her determined denial itself spoke volumes.

Trump supporters long ago decided to discount, dismiss, disbelieve, indulge, ignore, endorse, excuse or otherwise rationalise his appalling behaviour. Evidence of sexual harassment, misogyny, bigotry and lying were all fully apparent when they put him in the White House. Back then 81% of white evangelicals voted for the man who had five children from three different women (imagine for a second what they would have made of Barack Obama, if he’d had that kind of personal life). Since then we have learned that he had an affair with a Playboy model a few months after his third wife gave birth to their son, and then cheated on both of them with a porn actor. Today 71% of white evangelicals still support him. It’s not that his base don’t know. It’s that........

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