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Here’s Why Trump Is a Lot Like Lord Voldemort

President Trump?

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Are you fucking kidding me with this shit? A young adult series about magicians? That’s what you want to read about tonight? Hey, you’re gonna love this: George R.R. Martin, the Game of Thrones guy, just wrote “Winter is coming. I told you so,” on his blog. Like in his books and the HBO show! Look: People are protesting in the streets this very second, probably in your city. It’s not Harry Potter and it’s not Game of Thrones and it’s not A Face in the Crowd and it’s not even Macbeth. This is really happening. So get outside, meet like-minded people, organize, reorganize, find something productive to do, move to Iowa, whatever. Do something.


After 9/11, you might remember Jon Stewart giving this really moving speech about what a privilege it was to be the cool kid in the back of the class snickering and throwing spitballs. And that’s exactly what he did. Meanwhile the country merrily went to war and tortured people and built a surveillance state and robbed the poor to pay the rich. I, personally, spent the last few months making fun of Donald Trump, secure in the knowledge that clever listicles would help save the republic. Well, they didn’t. The Trump administration is coming, and it isn’t going to be fun and it isn’t going to be funny. If there’s one thing we know about the president-elect, it’s that he’s no stranger to mockery, and it hasn’t stopped him so far. So for a little while, at least, let’s quit amusing ourselves with our fiddles and go put out some fires.