Trump’s electoral fiction floats free of verifiable reality. It is defended not so much by facts as by claims that someone else has made some claims. The sensibility is that something must be wrong because I feel it to be wrong, and I know others feel the same way. When political leaders such as Ted Cruz or Jim Jordan spoke like this, what they meant was: You believe my lies, which compels me to repeat them. Social media provides an infinity of apparent evidence for any conviction, especially one seemingly held by a president.
Critics have wrongly slammed as “conspicuous consumption” the Guptas’ modest demand for helicopter landing rights in the leafy Johannesburg suburb of Saxonwold. They do not realise that the family has for some weeks secretly printed a newspaper called The New Age. An air-drop distribution system may be essential if this cult publication is to be brought to members of the wider reading public for the first time. – Anthony Butler in a scathingly funny piece on the Gupta familyBACK TO TOP