Donald Trump is a monument to our past defending monuments to our past

The aftermath of Charlottesville shows it’s not 1950 anymore.

There is something strangely self-referential about President Donald Trump standing up to defend Confederate monuments across the country. Trump himself is a monument to our political past — an elderly culture warrior who ran promising to restore America to the greatness of yore; a candidate whose coalition of older, whiter voters would have been dominant in 1980 but is a weakening political force today; a president who...

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