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Rather than 'end American carnage', Trump has pushed it to a frightening new level

Robert Schmuhl


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Isolated: US President Donald Trump talks about a jobs report in the Rose Garden at the White House yesterday. Photo: Reuters

Isolated: US President Donald Trump talks about a jobs report in the Rose Garden at the White House yesterday. Photo: Reuters

Isolated: US President Donald Trump talks about a jobs report in the Rose Garden at the White House yesterday. Photo: Reuters

During Donald Trump's inaugural address in early 2017, the new president listed maladies weakening the United States before solemnly pronouncing: "This American carnage stops right here and stops right now."

For anyone exposed to video coverage of what's been happening lately across the 50 states, the words 'American carnage' might seem more apropos today than when Mr Trump first uttered them.


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