‘What happened to your country?’: The poisoned well of the Trump era

An activist participates in the “March On for Washington and Voting Rights” in August 2021. Pew uncovered voters have intensely damaging sights of people today not in their political social gathering. Credit rating: Tom Williams/CQ Roll Get in touch with

The little SUV bounced together a person of Washington’s lots of pothole-scarred streets as dusk established in when its driver asked a very simple but intricate dilemma.

“What occurred to your nation?” the Lyft driver, who recognized himself as Patrick, asked this columnist as we locked eyes in his rearview mirror.

Born and raised in Kenya, Patrick defined on the evening of Sept. 10 that he emigrated to the United States a few a long time ago. Again then, and right up until a couple of decades in the past, he said, he was ready to have an understanding of American politics and tradition — even as it underwent inevitable variations.

An affable fellow with a hearty snicker and skinny black eyeglasses, Patrick listened as the Donald Trump many years — which I protected up near as CQ Roll Call’s White Home correspondent — ended up summarized from the backseat. He […]