Sunday, March 13, 2016

Birth of a Supervillain

There's a great piece up at the New York Times that looks at the improbable rise of Donald Trump to the GOP's frontrunner, and how the roots of this race can be found in the humorous shellacking Trump took at Barack Obama's hands at the 2011 White House Correspondents' Dinner. That night, you may recall, was memorable for the fact that Obama would, hours later, preside over the operation that took out Osama Bin Laden. But as far as what audiences saw at the dinner, it was Trump gamely taking broadside after broadside for his birtherism, his business practices, his reality TV show, you name it. None of that sat well with the famously thin-skinned billionaire, and one might say the roots of what became his presidential run were planted that very evening, in the soil of his wounded ego. In other words: Thanks, Obama!

Read the whole article here.

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