Trump is Not the Carnival — The Whole Election Is

Reading Time: 3 minutes Is Trump simply a buffoon, or is the entire way we elect presidents buffoonish? This ran in 2011, after Trump abandoned a previous White House bid, but has never been more apt. The Donald Trumps, the Sarah Palins, and their ilk are not a sideshow to the real, substantive campaign. They are a comic distraction so that, by comparison, the rest can seem to offer us something. When in fact, they do not.