The headline of the month—just nosing out The Telegraph’s “Elon Musk: the saviour of mankind or a real-life Bond villain?” for the top spot—comes to us from The Charlotte Observer by way of the Tampa Bay Times and heads a first-person testimony by one Ruth Mayer: “I detest Trump, but a ‘redneck’ fixed my Prius with zip ties.” It wouldn’t surprise me if cultural historians looked back on that line, lifted from the daily paper, as the perfect summing up of the curious contradictions of the Trump era in America. But it wouldn’t be quite the little gem it is without the quotation marks around “redneck” (indicating that the redneck in question had used the word of himself). Or the Prius. Or the zip ties.


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