"Trump's barbaric policy of separating immigrant children from their parents and putting them in cages has run into a buzz saw recently. Millions of Americans, from urban young people to suburban moms to fathers in small towns, are outraged, and resistance keeps mounting. People see the assault on immigrant families as intolerable. Many see it as part of an effort to impose a dictatorship on the whole country."
"Jesse and Pat and Donald and Ross would be nowhere without the new media and their need for in-your-face outrage. But even a pop-culture candidate can have an idea or two worth wrestling with.
"Opposition to immigrants is a long-held American tradition, especially during uncertain economic times. Buchanan's anti-immigrant pitch lost its strength in the 1990s, largely because the economy made a roaring comeback. Nowadays, the reality of 50 years of globalism, structural economic change and growing income inequality has given new fuel to xenophobia."
"The 'Make America Great Again Rally and Family Picnic' in Oskaloosa (population: 11,463) opened at eleven, but by ten there was already a crowd of thirteen hundred people — almost twice the capacity of the auditorium. The buffet was serving free pulled-pork sandwiches, and Trump's warmup act, Tana Goertz (runner-up, 'The Apprentice,' Season 3), told the crowd, 'Please go eat! Mr. Trump can't take all this food home on the plane!'"