Three Little Questions


The First: How long before l’affaire Curiel dies down and Republicans go back to being outraged at any suggestion that Donald Trump is a racist?

The Second: Many of us have been on the receiving end of overwhelming Twitter mobs—most of them angry and semi-literate, some genuinely violent. But have any of you ever experienced the opposite? That is, hundreds and hundred of tweets overwhelming your Twitter feed to tell you how great you are and how your latest piece was a work of genius? Let’s be clear: I’m talking about a universe in which you are not Beyoncé, and yet you receive a tidal wave of tweets from total strangers coming at you so fast and furious that you can barely keep up with them.

The Third: A week ago Hillary gave a speech demolishing Donald Trump’s vague gestures toward a foreign policy. A couple of days later Trump told Jake Tapper that he planned a “little retort.” We were supposed to get it on Monday, but it never happened. Do you think he’s going to follow through eventually, or should I just throw this onto my ever-lengthening list of things Trump promises but never delivers?

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