Trump and "Cold Karma"

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If you're a citizen of an advanced democracy and you're waiting for a serious analysis of why 62,984,825 Americans voted for Donald Trump, you'll just have to keep holding your breath. As Jeremy Clarke notes, demonstrating one's anti-Trump bona fides has become au courant in polite society—since only "stupid racist rednecks" could vote for "such an evil man." Over at the New York Times, meanwhile, David Friend opines that Trump is payback for "the sheer skeeviness" of the 1990s—when "civility had been trumped by hostility, respect by chauvinism, tolerance by bigotry." The dark forces of "cold karma" are plainly at work here, as Friend puts it. Historical analysis is hardly necessary.