How it Started, How it Ended: Looking Back at the Beginning of Trump and the Media

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This piece originally appeared in the Fourth Watch newsletter.

There’s a popular meme on social media “how it started/how it’s going.” It’s usually not going particularly well, in the pandemic year we just went through. Well the Trump Era has come and, as of last week, gone. But before we say goodbye, I thought it was important to look at “how it started” – and see what we can learn from it.

This weekend I watched more than a dozen interviews Donald Trump gave to CNN and MSNBC between the day he announced his candidacy in 2015 through the convention in 2016 when he officially became the GOP nominee. It was just
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