The World According to Trump

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Here is the version of reality that Donald Trump and the Trump team have been spreading around since the election:

  • Trump’s victory was one of the biggest in recent history.
  • Trump kept a Ford plant from moving to Mexico.
  • Snobby New York theater elites were rude to VP-elect Mike Pence on Friday.
  • The demonstrations and marches following the election were the work of “professional protesters.”
  • The New York Times apologized for its anti-Trump coverage during the campaign.
  • Trump won the debates handily.
  • He totally could have won the Trump University lawsuit, but chose to settle for the good of the country.

It’s only been ten days so far. Can he keep this up for four years?

DOES IT FEEL LIKE POLITICS IS AT A BREAKING POINT?

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It sure feels that way to me, and here at Mother Jones, we’ve been thinking a lot about what journalism needs to do differently, and how we can have the biggest impact.

We kept coming back to one word: corruption. Democracy and the rule of law being undermined by those with wealth and power for their own gain. So we're launching an ambitious Mother Jones Corruption Project to do deep, time-intensive reporting on systemic corruption, and asking the MoJo community to help crowdfund it.

We aim to hire, build a team, and give them the time and space needed to understand how we got here and how we might get out. We want to dig into the forces and decisions that have allowed massive conflicts of interest, influence peddling, and win-at-all-costs politics to flourish.

It's unlike anything we've done, and we have seed funding to get started, but we're looking to raise $500,000 from readers by July when we'll be making key budgeting decisions—and the more resources we have by then, the deeper we can dig. If our plan sounds good to you, please help kickstart it with a tax-deductible donation today.

Thanks for reading—whether or not you can pitch in today, or ever, I'm glad you're with us.

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Clara Jeffery, Editor-in-Chief

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