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The collective trauma of the 2016 blindside is weighing heavy on our minds. There will be no victory parties this year, no crates of champagne to pop open the moment results roll in. We should have learned our lesson by now.

“Never tempt the gods with hubris,” John DeVore writes in Humungus. “It’s tragedy avoidance 101.” Consider binging cooking shows instead. Or, perhaps by retracing our steps the night of Donald Trump’s election win, we can feel more prepared for whatever the future may bring:


I used to play video games to escape from monotony. Then 2016 happened.

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I purchased a Playstation 4 gaming console shortly after it was released, in late 2013. At the time, Barack Obama was still president, and I worked a newly appointed desk job that was mundane and repetitive but not without its joys. The console purchase had been like many of my other adult purchases: a desire to fulfill that which I didn’t have access to as a child. My family acquired gaming consoles as they went out of style and were replaced by newer models, and so my relationship with video games was always a generation behind that of my peers…


Drew Magary

Mike Pompeo, like so many Republicans, doesn’t believe America should have to apologize for anything. That’s the perfect mindset for disaster.

Photo of Mike Pompeo.
Photo of Mike Pompeo.
U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo arrives for a meeting with UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres at the United Nations Headquarters on August 20, 2019 in New York City. Photo: Eduardo Munoz Alvarez/Getty Images

Mike Pompeo is an asshole. This can be difficult to keep top of mind, since there are so many assholes working within the Trump administration that keeping tabs on all of them simultaneously — and on all of their evildoing — is a lot to ask of anyone, much less your average American just trying to get by from day to day. So today, I’m gonna explain Pompeo’s worldview—one that is very common in Republican circles and kicked into overdrive after the unifying effects of 9/11 dissipated—and how it’s already made the world a worse place. I will, at some…


The trauma of the 2016 election has left women afraid to support female candidates

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I think, at least once a day, about the 2016 election. It’s not something I want to do; I wish I could stop. But it’s a near-impossible topic to avoid. It’s there when I scroll through Facebook, in a comment left on a post by someone I’d long since cut ties with. It’s there when I’m at the gym, staring as I jog on the treadmill at a wall-mounted TV blaring 24-hour analysis of Donald Trump’s every action. It’s there whenever I walk past my neighbor’s pickup truck, which still proudly sports several “Hillary for Prison” bumper stickers.

Whenever it…

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