He Tried To Warn Us

From the February 2016 edition of Esquire Magazine, by Mark Salter

I’ve always distrusted people who never question their assumptions or test their opinions against their critics’ arguments. I believe empathy is the starting point of wisdom, and imagining things from an opponent’s point of view is essential to solving problems in a closely divided polity.

Yet on the subject of Donald Trump, my mind is closed. Slammed shut. Triple-bolted. Sealed like a tomb.

Mark Salter, Esquire Magazine, February 2016

Nothing anyone could reveal about Trump could get me to change my opinion that he’s an asshole. And not a “yeah, but he’s our asshole” kind but rather a cartoon villain, a fake, a cheat, a liar; a creep, a bullying, bragging, bullshitting, blowhard kind of asshole.”

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