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I recently joined a tour in Bucharest of the Palace of Parliament, the gigantic folly built in the 1980s on the orders of the late Romanian dictator Nicolae Ceausescu, who was executed before he could see it finished. The statistics rehearsed by our guide were staggering: the third-biggest edifice in the world, 220,000 square feet of carpet, 1 million cubic meters of marble, 3,500 tons of crystal. To mention Trump in the same breath as Hitler and Ceausescu is perhaps unfair. Trump is not a murderous tyrant. Trump, too, wants everything bearing his name to be bigger and shinier than everything else. Supporters of Trump in the United States and of Brexit in the United Kingdom are, on the whole, less educated than the "establishment" they oppose.The Tea Party in the U.S. would have been relatively marginal without powerful backers and demagogues. And these are often newly rich men who share their followers' bitterness.This was clearly the case in Italy, where former Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi, whose background is almost identical to Trump's, managed to tap into the dreams and resentments of millions of people. Likewise, the educated urban class tends to dismiss the voters who supported Brexit or back Trump as stupid and ill-bred.
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