Perhaps the most troubling aspect of a Trump presidency is not the man’s big-headed, pig-headed penchant for self-promotion, but the shock wave of hate he has awakened. Americans are stressed and politically distressed, expressing anger in vulgar, bipolar ways.

I observed the current electoral cycle from Ithaca, an upstate New York town that voted 85 percent for Hillary Clinton, with a smattering of votes for independent Jill Stein and others. But the familiarity of one’s immediate environs can be deceiving, for one only has to drive a few minutes out of this liberal university community and then it’s Trump country for hundreds of miles in every direction.

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