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With his lies about black people and the people of Jersey City, the question is why so many Americans want to believe him.
With hate and fear on the rise, the ugly atmosphere feels a bit familiar.
We are in a race between credible leaders on the one hand, and demagogues and mass alienation on the other.
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Robert Kuttner is co-founder and co-editor of The American Prospect, and professor at Brandeis University's Heller School. His latest book is Debtors' Prison: The Politics of Austerity Versus Possibility. He writes columns for The Huffington Post, The Boston Globe and the New York Times international edition.