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Wedge Issues: Sarah Kendzior on Donald Trump and 'Hiding in Plain Sight'
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Wedge Issues: Sarah Kendzior on Donald Trump and 'Hiding in Plain Sight'

Trump talks to press on busy day (copy)

President Donald Trump speaks to reporters during a press conference outside the White House in 2018, a freewheeling exchange in which he scolded media members several times while discussing fired FBI director James Comey, the Russia probe, North Korea and many other topics. Also Friday, Trump announced additional steep tariffs on Chinese imports, said he wouldn't support a Republican compromise immigration package -- comments the White House later walked back -- and distanced himself from his former campaign chairman, Paul Manafort, who was jailed over witness tampering. 

Sarah Kendzior — the New York Times bestselling author of "The View from Flyover Country" doesn’t hold back in her assessment of the Trump administration: "We do not have a government; we have a transnational crime syndicate masquerading as a government."

In her new book, "Hiding in Plain Sight: The Invention of Donald Trump and the Erosion of America," she details Trump’s rise to power dating back to the 1980s. She was supposed to come to Madison to promote her book this month, but no one’s doing much traveling these days — so we chatted about the book with each other from our own homes.

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Jessie Opoien is the Capital Times' opinion editor. She joined the Cap Times in 2013, covering state government and politics for the bulk of her time as a reporter. She has also covered music, culture and education in Madison and Oshkosh.