How an Uncritical Media Helped Trump’s Rise

From Spiegel:

If Trump actually becomes his party’s candidate or, even worse, becomes the next president of the United States of America, the damage to democracy would be significant not only because it would turn America into an autocratic nation, but because it would mean that, in this election, the principle of public scrutiny and thus democracy would have failed.

This is very strong language. The BBC reports today:

Donald Trump winning the US presidency is considered one of the top 10 risks facing the world, according to the Economist Intelligence Unit.

This reminds me of how it felt to be in Germany in 2002-2003, watching Europe try to come to grips with George Bush and the invasion of Iraq, wondering what Americans could possibly be thinking.

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