Why Trumpism Could Have Only Happened in America

How surprising can the recent riots at the Capitol be?

Marianna Saver
The Bigger Picture

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(Photo by Darren Halstead on Unsplash)

When the news of the recent violence at the Capitol reached me in London, it was late in the evening. I had just finished brushing my teeth, the taste of synthetic mint still in my mouth, when my fiancé pointed his phone at me, alarmed, and started scrolling through pictures of the rioters published on the BBC News website. I rushed to check my phone, nine notifications by the New York Times app stacked blunt against the blue, appeasing background.

“Can you believe it?” my fiancé said, his eyes still fixed on the phone.

I could.

In a country wounded by a history of social and political abuses — a country born with an act of violence and raised as a trade colony with the only purpose to generate wealth — Trump’s presidency and its ensuing, nationalistic ideologies come as no surprise. When you grow up listening to your parents yelling at each other, you begin to develop a biased idea of what relationships look like. Civilization is no different.

I am not going to argue that the social fabric of the nation produced Trumpism the way the cultural and political milieu in 19th and early 20th century Germany promoted a relentless ascent of Nazism, but it’s curious how millions…

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Marianna Saver
The Bigger Picture

I write to understand what I don’t know. I also send monthly love notes: bit.ly/themorningair