It seems there is no end of analyses that seek to find "reasons" for the fact so many US voters plumped for a racist moron. But despite all the clever theorizing and blame-placing (never, one notices, implicating the voters themselves) the fact is that Trump garnered nearly 43 million votes because he endlessly repeated simple-minded lies to bigoted uneducated people. That's the populist recipe for success and it's been repeated in places that don't in any way correspond to this article's facile and misleading analysis of what happened in the USA. One day we'll stop trying to pretend that voters "really" know what they want and accept that very few people have even a vague clue about anything. In a world of self-satisfied ignorance and complacent stupidity, Trump and Brexit and Duterte and Bolsonaro and Modi et al are the inevitable victors.

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