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Trump and the West: The Alienation Continues. Will His Supporters Ever Care?

Trump and the West: The Alienation Continues. Will His Supporters Ever Care?


This post is written by W.A. Schmidt, an op-ed contributor.

When it comes to the Trump presidency, sympathetic observers outside the United States are preoccupied with the same question that the majority of their American counterparts must be pondering: How much longer will this president inflict damage upon his country, …

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