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Donald Trump tells a fake American story. We must tell the real one | Robert Reich

The Triumphant Individual, the Benevolent Community, the Mob at the Gates, the Rot at the Top. Four narratives define America – true Americans must define them
What’s the real American story? A film by Robert Reich and Jacob Kornbluth.

Donald Trump has perfected the art of telling a fake story about America. The only way to counter that is to tell the real story of America.

Abraham Lincoln, seen in November 1863.
Abraham Lincoln. Photograph: Alexander Gardner/AP

Trump’s story is by now familiar: he alone will rescue average Americans from powerful alien forces – immigrants, foreign traders, foreign politicians and their international agreements – that have undermined the wellbeing of Americans.

These forces have been successful largely because Democrats, liberals, cultural elites, the Washington establishment, the media and “deep state” bureaucrats have helped them, in order to enrich

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