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Columnist finds Sinclair Lewis’s novel “eerily familiar fiction”

Here’s what the candidate promises: He’s going to “Make America a proud, rich land again.”

Everything’s going to work if he’s elected. Goods will be manufactured here, not overseas. He has certain (unspecified) plans to make everyone prosper. We’ll rely on American sweat and initiative and know-how. America will stop getting involved in foreign affairs, but will enlarge its military. He delivers coded messages regarding other ethnic groups and religions, and women. He hates journalists. He is a tireless showman, seen to “whirl arms, bang tables . . . and in between tricks would jab his crowds with figures and facts — figures and facts that were inescapable even when, as often happened, they were entirely incorrect.”

Read all Wickersham’s post.

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