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   How to remain hopeful in a dark time

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If you strip away all that we have learned since, in order to look back at the election of 2016, the remarkable thing is that Donald Trump didn’t defeat Hillary Clinton by a wide margin then and win re-election in a landslide. He was against America’s war in Iraq; soft on Russia; tough on China; phobic on immigration, especially from Mexico. He deplored blue-collar criminals, talked up investment in infrastructure, and sought tax cuts for corporations and the well-to-do. In a nation eager for change, Trump was a television populist running against a Yale Law School elitist who possessed an