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The Crazy News Cycle of the Trump Era: How We've All Become Trapped in the President's Political Whirlwind of Nonstop Anxiety

October 31, 2018 in Blogs

By Alex Henderson, AlterNet

We're all waiting for the next bombshell to drop.

In the high-anxiety Donald Trump era, the focus of one’s attention can change very quickly. A crisis or controversy that dominates the 24-hour news cycle one day can easily disappear the next day—or at least be sidelined—when another crisis or controversy comes along or there is a shocking new development. And the events of the past week have been a perfect example, with one act of domestic terrorism after another vying for the public’s attention.

Last week on October 25, residents of Lexington, Kentucky were horrified by the random killings of two older African-Americans (67-year-old Vickie Lee Jones and 69-year-old Maurice Stallard) in what appeared to be a racially motivated hate crime at a Kroger supermarket. Surveillance footage showed that only a few minutes before the shootings, the suspect (a white man with a long history of racism) tried to forcibly enter an African-American church. But as horrific as that incident was, it wasn’t as sophisticated or far-reaching as the white nationalist terror campaign carried out against a long list of prominent Democrats as well as CNN.

Thankfully, no one was injured last week when a series of pipe bombs were mailed to a long list of well-known Democrats, including Barack and Michelle Obama, Bill and Hillary Clinton, former Vice President Joe Biden, billionaire philanthropist George Soros, Rep. Maxine Waters and actor Robert De Niro—all outspoken critics of Trump’s presidency. One of the packages forced the evacuation of CNN’s Manhattan offices. 

Mail carriers breathed a sigh of relief when, on October 26, investigators found a suspect: Cesar Altieri Sayoc, a 56-year-old Florida resident who was an ardent supporter of Trump and had an intense hatred of Democrats. But consumers of news didn’t have long to focus so heavily on Sayoc: the following day—on Saturday, October 27—Americans were horrified to learn that 11 people had been slaughtered in a mass shooting at the Tree of Life synagogue in Pittsburgh. It was, according to the Anti-Defamation League (ADL), the deadliest anti-Semitic attack in U.S. history.

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