Donald Trump

Donald Trump's Say-Anything Campaign

How the billionaire populist has blown apart the boundaries of acceptable political discourse


It's taken nine long, crazy months of Mexican rapists, unheroic American war prisoners, blood-spurting Fox hosts, handicapped reporters, schlonged competitors, mangled facts, and encouraged assaulters, but the political class is finally coming around to the idea that maybe Donald Trump can get away with saying certain previously unthinkable things without sinking his presidential aspirations. In the first of what will be sporadic commentary on the 2016 race for the French daily Le Monde, I argue that "amidst the considerable darkness, even while the country slowly sucks itself into the authoritarian black hole of a Trump vs. Hillary Clinton race, there are reasons to celebrate the removal of the strict boundaries around what is considered to be acceptable American discourse."