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A Legacy of Hatred, Culture Wars and Discord The Mess Created By Trump Will Be with Us for Years

The U.S. president has damaged the political system so badly that it will be difficult to repair, even if Donald Trump gets voted out of office on Tuesday. The hatred and political discord he has stirred up will paralyze the country for years.
Police in San Francisco

Police in San Francisco

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Never before in U.S. history has a president done such lasting damage to the fabric of American democracy in such a short amount of time.
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Trump's son Donald Jr.

Trump's son Donald Jr.

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A gun shop in Pennsylvania: Weapons purchases have increased rapidly this year, partly due to violent unrest and protests in the country that have been fuelled by Donald Trump.

A gun shop in Pennsylvania: Weapons purchases have increased rapidly this year, partly due to violent unrest and protests in the country that have been fuelled by Donald Trump.

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Protesters in Lafayette

Protesters in Lafayette

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Protests in Kenosha: About one-third of Americans consider a civil war likely in the next five years.

Protests in Kenosha: About one-third of Americans consider a civil war likely in the next five years.

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What makes his presidency so unique is that he lacks any understanding for the gravity of the job he holds.
Security forces in Philadelphia

Security forces in Philadelphia

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Murdoch, Trump and Murdoch's wife Jerry Hall in 2016

Murdoch, Trump and Murdoch's wife Jerry Hall in 2016

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Populists Hannity and Trump in 2018: On Fox News, Democrat Joe Biden is portrayed as a senile puppet in the hands of radical socialists, and millions of viewers are served these bizarre distortions every day.

Populists Hannity and Trump in 2018: On Fox News, Democrat Joe Biden is portrayed as a senile puppet in the hands of radical socialists, and millions of viewers are served these bizarre distortions every day.

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The Trump presidency is the product of the complete disintegration of the substance of the Republican Party, a process that began decades ago.
President Trump, judge Barrett and their spouses: None of his predecessors transformed the American judicial system as fundamentally in such a short time.

President Trump, judge Barrett and their spouses: None of his predecessors transformed the American judicial system as fundamentally in such a short time.

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Trump supporters in Arizona

Trump supporters in Arizona

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Republicans Nikki Haley and Trump in 2018: There are no doubts within the party that Haley has her sights set on becoming the first woman in the White House.

Republicans Nikki Haley and Trump in 2018: There are no doubts within the party that Haley has her sights set on becoming the first woman in the White House.

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