“As commentators have put it, his voters took Mr Trump seriously but not literally, even as his critics took him literally but not seriously.”


I need to capture some memories of this extraordinary election.

The sentence succinctly captures one of the realities of something I experienced during Trump’s campaign.

Trump would say something outrageous and Trump supporters I know would tell me “That’s not really what he meant, what he really meant was . . . “; whereas media critics who were dismissive of Trump would latch onto the actual meaning of Trump’s words and repeat them over and over again.

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