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Fidget Spinners Reflective Of Where Trump Has Taken Nation

May 17, 2017

Great perspective.

Is it any surprise that, given the topsy-turvy world in which we now live, spinning one’s wheels—formerly the very definition of a fruitless, frustrating activity that is best avoided—has been recast as a diverting recreation, and embraced by a mass audience? Last week, as the House voted to overturn the Affordable Care Act, millions of parents of children with special needs—those for whom the fidget spinner might arguably have a legitimate use—began to worry, once again, about their children becoming uninsured, or uninsurable, an outcome the President had promised on the campaign trail would not occur. This week, after summarily firing James Comey, the head of the F.B.I., while Comey was conducting an investigation into the Trump campaign’s ties to Russia, the President, with the help of his surrogates, issued a baffling series of contradictory explanations for what looks increasingly like the unapologetic gesture of a would-be despot. Each day, it becomes more apparent that Trump is toying with our democracy, shamelessly betting that the public will be too distracted and too stupefied to register that what he is spinning are lies.

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