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On the day of Donald Trump's inauguration, I met Philip Roth.Roth had spent the morning watching television, and, like many Americans, he had seen the stupefying images of the fussing, overgrown baby who, with diminutive fists raised, insulted the U.S. establishment, the American people and the world.Roth skillfully distilled the tragic and the comic elements of this process, and we spoke of the forces that might be able to stand up to the dark tide of vulgarity and violence under Trump.The first is the sovereign people, who poured into the streets of every large city in the country with the knowledge that, in terms of total votes, it is they, not Trump, who won the election.One might think that, owing to this insurgency from within, Trump could serve an even shorter term than that of the protagonist in "The Plot Against America".Trump, nevertheless, employs rhetoric that is reminiscent of Mussolini.Consider this particularly odd and sinister twist: America's most unpopular president recently visited Jerusalem, and developed an affinity for the very same people that his fictional predecessor considered to be subhuman.America has not read enough of Philip Roth. His world or Trump's: that is the question.
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