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The deepening radicalization of Donald J. Trump

By Isaac Arnsdorf

24 May 2023 · 6 min read

Editor's Note

As he seeks a second term as president, Trump's positions and statements have become more extreme, more confrontational, and even "less tethered to reality," reports the Post.

In the immediate aftermath of Jan. 6, 2021, President Donald Trump stayed mostly silent, and when he finally delivered his farewell address to the nation, he disavowed the attack on the U.S. Capitol as something that "all Americans were horrified by" and "can never be tolerated."

Now, as Trump seeks to return to the White House, he speaks of Jan. 6 as "a beautiful day." He says there was no reason for police to shoot the rioter attempting to break into the House chamber, and he denies there was any danger to his vice president, Mike Pence, who was hiding from a pro-Trump mob chanting for him to be hanged. He has promised to pardon many rioters if he becomes president again.

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