But did we ever know it?
Bones and Mist
Mike Meyer

The end of the mythology of America began with a pathological liar putting on a show. That show began years ago and has not stopped — it culminated when Trump rode his golden escalator down to await his flock of ignorant sheep.

The illusion of value in a shiny piece of metal, the illusion of a crowd of supporters and the illusion of demons, created the perfect storm for the rise of neo-fascism; this was the role Trump had played his entire life — only now on a grander scale.